Photo by Doug Seymour

The folk and bluegrass trio The Stray Birds have released Echo Sessions, a new five song EP recorded in early October at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, North Carolina. Echo Sessions features all covers of songs by Jimmie Rodgers, Townes Van Zandt, Ira & Charlie Louvin, Susanna Clark, and Nanci Griffith. The playing is gorgeous, the harmonies exquisite and the EP was recorded in one session, on one microphone. About the songs, the band writes:

Echo Sessions is dedicated to the people who inspire us to sing our way through life. These songs came into our lives as echoes. Whether through another artist’s recording or someone’s rendition in a kitchen, they made the long journey from their writers’ hearts to ours.

Below, listen to their covers of “Loretta” by Townes Van Zandt, and “I Wish It Would Rain” by Nanci Griffith. Stream the entire EP here. XPN Welcomes the band to Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center in York on Friday, November 29th opening for Hoots & Hellmouth.