Brown Bird is David Lamb and MorganEve Swain, based out of Providence, RI, although by the sounds of them, you would expect them to hail from some creaky barn, surrounded by rusty machinery and maybe a farm animal or two, somewhere in the rural south. Their latest album, Salt for Salt, was recorded live to tape, and it shows, as the songs are polished but still somewhat raw. While the album would probably best be filed under Americana, there are definitely a good deal of world music influences; they were described to me as having “Eastern European vs. barn-burner stylings”, which is just right up my alley.
Here’s a video for “Bilgewater”, a track off of Salt for Salt. It is, somewhat aptly, filmed atop a military boat.
Brown Bird roll through Chicago on Saturday, October 29th, supporting These United States and Paleo at Schubas. The show is at 10 pm and tickets are $10. To check out more of their live performance, head over to NPR to stream or download their set from this summer’s Newport Folk Festival.