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The Stray Birds | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

The Stray Birds kicked off today’s double-header Free at Noon with their organic, room-filling folk sound. The Lancaster trio played songs off their new album, Best Medicine, which comes out this Tuesday on Yep Roc Records, and the group brought immense energy to the stage with a booming upright bass by Charles Muench, jangling guitar by Oliver Craven and spot-on classic Americana harmonies and all around. They whipped out some jaw-dropping solos as well, cheers bursting from the crowd as they would each come to an end.

They highlighted the new album with the tender “San Antonio,” revisited their self-titled debut on “Dream in Blue” and played a rip-roaring cover of Townes Van Zandt’s “Loretta.” Their musicianship was evident throughout the entire performance, which came to a close with the title track off their new album and vocalist / multi-instrumentalist Maya de Vitry stating “We’re just really happy.” If you missed them today, you can see The Stray Birds play a show at World Cafe Live once again on Thursday, October 23rd; get more information and tickets at the XPN Concert Calendar. Check out a gallery of photos, read the setlist and listen back to the performance below.

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The Bells
San Antonio
Dream In Blue
Loretta (Townes Van Zandt cover)
Best Medicine

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