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STREAM: Laura Baird, ‘I Wish I Were a Sparrow’

Oct 12, 2017

Artist: Laura Baird
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Album: I Wish I Were a Sparrow
Release Date: October 20, 2017
Label: Ba Da Bing
In Their Words: “After spending over a decade learning and exploring the banjo, I wanted to document where that journey had taken me. I had been lucky enough to spend some time with some of the best old-time musicians and traditional ballad singers at the Swannanoa Gathering in North Carolina and Allegheny Echoes in West Virginia, and I’ll never forget the joyful feeling of staying up all night playing and listening as one big musical family. I took these experiences and turned them inward, recording alone in an old farmhouse in rural New Jersey. I think of this record as my ode to the banjo and to the old mountain songs.” — Laura Baird


Photo credit: Allen Crawford

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