Littlest Birds – Migrations ♥♥♥♥ (4 hearts out of 5)
Last weekend Avogadro’s Number hosted a great California traditional folk duo, the Littlest Birds. Today’s album of the day is their latest release, Migrations, which contains many of the songs they have been performing on their current tour. One of their favorites, “Boys ’em Buzzards Flyin'” is in fact my favorite off this album. This duo has developed into connoisseurs of unusual old banjos and songs (for banjo and cello, or occasionally banjo and guitar) that show off the peculiarities of their various banjos. The usual jokes about two banjos being one banjo too many may not quite apply in the case of the Littlest Birds.
Their albums, in my humble opinion, are a pale shadow of their livelier, quirky live shows. They opened recently for a Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy show recently, a band that also is a lot more dynamic than their studio recordings could capture. Nonetheless, both of these bands have made some excellent albums. Check out Migrations on bandcamp (embedded here), spotify or elsewhere online, and if these folks turn up to play in a town near you, check them out live as well.