The Stray Birds
8 p.m. Thursday
The Blue Door
2805 N. McKinley
The Blue Door is hallowed ground for most folk artists, but The Stray Birds’ recent fixation on one of the listening room’s more recent products has the bluegrass trio that much more eager to make its debut there Thursday.
“We got to meet and open for John Fullbright in Tulsa last summer. We are obsessed with him as a band,” said singer/fiddler Maya de Vitry. “We got hip to the Live at The Blue Door album he put out, and we are so excited to step on that stage ourselves.”
Inspired by Sooner State native sons Woody Guthrie and J.J. Cale, The Stray Birds already have made Oklahoma a favorite stop in their short time as a full-time touring band, and it takes the good chance encounters with the bad.
“The first night in Oklahoma last summer, we went camping, and we were wondering why we were the only ones on the campgrounds. The park ranger told us that snakes were out at that time of year and that the tarantulas were actually migrating. That night, we got a little visitor ... that huge, huge spider,” de Vitry said. “So it’s sacred ground and a little bit of foreign soil.”
De Vitry is joined by guitarist-singer Oliver Craven and bassist Charles Muench. The three grew up within a 10-mile radius of each other in Lancaster County, Penn., meeting and playing in various contexts until the universe finally brought the three together in the same room in 2010.
Hey! Read This:
• John Fullbright interview