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Seattle, United States (2003 – 2014)

Brown Bird is an American acoustic band. Pulling from the influences of the blues, outlaw country, roots rock, early American folk, Gypsy and Eastern European music, Brown Bird offers harmonized voices, haunting lyrics and diverse rhythm and instrumentation, which surges in waves that often swell into high-spirited, foot-stomping madness.

Brown Bird began in 2003, as a solo project for David Lamb (guitar/vocals/banjo/percussion), formed in Seattle, Washington and was named after Lamb’s dog, who was named “Bird” and was brown. After playing around solo for a few years and moving to Portland, Oregon, the band grew to include Jerusha Robinson (cello/vocals) and her husband, Jeremy Robinson (accordion/banjo), turning the once-solo act into a trio. With the Robinsons, Lamb would go on to record the first two albums: 2006’s Tautology and 2007’s such unrest.

On a solo tour in 2008, promoting The Bottom of the Sea Lamb met MorganEve Swain (fiddle/upright bass/violin/vocals) and Mike Samos (lap steel/dobro) and they were soon added to the lineup.

The Robinsons decided to depart in 2009, choosing to focus on their own project, South China, though they would be featured on some songs for 2009’s The Devil Dancing. Samos stuck around for another year but would also depart in 2010, leaving the final lineup for Brown Bird as David Lamb and MorganEve Swain.

The band would tour extensively, as support for fellow / acts, including Trampled by Turtles, The Devil Makes Three, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Horse Feathers. Lamb and Swain released two albums as a duo, 2011’s The Sound Of Ghosts EP and full length Salt For Salt and 2013’s Fits of Reason.


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  • Lasherman

    Goodnight David Lamb, there will never be another band like Brown Bird

    25 Nov 4:13am Reply
  • katti85

    & I never understood that just a rare people listened to his music - I found them late too. but not too late.

    7 Aug 10:22pm Reply
  • katti85

    I've ever known it... I could feel it - he too I think, that's why their music works so deep - deep - deep inside. - Good that they found each other... It was important that she was there by his side. I don't know about her - but it is to see by the way she sings & plays instruments - that she's a wonderful stranger... deep, deep, deep beauty. That's so damn sad - but I'm thankfull that he was here on earth... to do exactly what he did -

    7 Aug 10:11pm Reply
  • nicholas_reali

    I can't believe I didn't hear about Dave's passing until now. Such a shame. Thankfully his music will still be here. Rest in peace.

    30 Jun 12:23am Reply
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    18 May 9:48am Reply
  • rhuffman8

    Rest in pace Dave. Your influence and art will be missed.

    7 Apr 7:40pm Reply
  • lofidelphia

    so sad and unfair. RIP

    6 Apr 10:16pm Reply
  • misterious_u2


    6 Apr 9:26pm Reply
  • quietcoyote

    Such a loss.

    6 Apr 7:07pm Reply
  • d1lll1nger

    Goodbye Dave.

    6 Apr 5:51am Reply
  • cinderslug

    Dave will be greatly missed <3

    6 Apr 4:26am Reply
  • UnspokenHero

    R.I.P. Dave.

    5 Apr 10:47pm Reply
  • Drazba

    Cool sound

    27 Mar 12:48am Reply
  • plutuno


    1 May 2013 Reply
  • the_castaway

    Loving Fits Of Reason with the new electric guitar driven sound and the addition of cello to the whole picture. There's a bit less of that outlaw-country violin in it but it's great nevertheless, especially the lyrics which keep on kicking me out of my seat, as they did on previous BB albums. Keep up the good work and tour Europe ffs :)

    5 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Huffstuff420

    Truly Good

    9 Jan 2013 Reply
  • DuelingViolins

    If Sassparilla and The Devil Makes Three had a baby, that baby would be called Brown Bird.

    7 Jun 2012 Reply
  • anggellina

    I wish U came to Europe or I've gone to USA! Amazing music :)

    9 Apr 2012 Reply
  • mrsean20


    14 Mar 2012 Reply
  • acubismdream

    loved you in providence a few years ago! it was a really short set but, nevertheless amazing.

    28 Jan 2012 Reply
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