Berklee Summer in the CityThe Stray Birds
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Drawing upon the richness of American folk music traditions, the signature power of the Stray Birds' sound lies in outstanding songwriting that soars in three-part harmony. Though raised within a few miles of farmland from each other in Lancaster County, PA, Maya and Oliver had put miles of road behind them before first sharing a song in 2010. Oliver Craven had performed widely as the fiddler, guitarist, and harmony vocalist for Grammy-nominated artist Adrienne Young, and Maya had spent months criss-crossing the United States, Canada, and Europe as a traveling street musician. Grounding their sound in the unshakable groove of bassist Charlie Muench, the trio released their Borderland EP one year later, a recording of captivating chemistry and sensitive musicality. Oliver continued to tour nationally with Virginia-based Americana band the Steel Wheels. While attending the Berklee College of Music, Maya began receiving national recognition for her songwriting, including fourth place in the 2011 Telluride Troubadour Competition. Charlie received a degree in music education from West Chester University in December 2011. The Stray Birds will release their first full-length album in the summer of 2012.