Living and working in Boulder, Colorado, Strangebyrds are the area's most popular folk duo. Their blue collar folk resonates with authenticity, meaningful lyrics and life-affirming subject matter yet their performances are peppered with humor and storytelling.
Cari Minor and Ray Smith became Strangebyrds in 2011. Their first release "Strangebyrds" garnered a top ten local release in Boulder and Denver by the Marquee Music magazine. Subsequent releases "Migration" (2013) and "Devils & Desires" (2015) garnered four out of five stars in the magazine.
Both Minor and Smith have received multiple songwriting recognitions from the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Smith wrote, performed and recorded the original score for the documentary film Muscle Shoals at their home studio in Rollinsville, CO.
For Strangebyrds, it has never been about the destination. It has always been about the journey. The duo started touring in 2011 and have performed throughout Colorado, Texas, Wisconsin, Iowa and the East Coast. Strangebyrds performances range from small, local venues and house concerts to large concert halls and festivals.
Their latest album "Devils & Desires" was written just a few months after the loss of Minor's father. Minor and Smith take you through the journey of grief and the fragile beauty of living in the moment with their album that is a beautiful expression of life, learning and wondering.