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"Cari and Ray are such bright lights and such incredibly talented performers and musicians. Plus the spark between them is irresistible. Their new album, Shrieking Violets is an absolute gem. A must have! I’m proud and privileged to know these two exceptional artists."
Helen Forster
Co-Host, Executive Producer and Creative Director - eTown.org

On the heels of their successful 2022 release, Highway Islands, Strangebyrds found themselves back in their Byrd Nest Recording Studio writing a brand-new album, a Rock album- Shrieking Violets! With Ray's cancer diagnosis as their impetus, they began to write their sixth studio album with music being their catalyst for a cure and a way to beat this monster down.  Harkening back to Ray's Rock Roots from his days performing in a myriad of bands in New York City, they began to draw deeply from the well of inspiration as both patient and caregiver.

In just over a year, twelve brand new Strangebyrds' songs were born.  Never ones to be "Shrinking Violets" they decided to call their new album Shrieking Violets - a name that symbolizes their vision and battle to bring hope to others facing life-altering situations.  With the support of their fans & friends, they reached 197% of their Shrieking Violets Kickstarter Campaign in just twenty-five days.  Strangebyrds wishes to thank everyone who has reached out and shown support during this very difficult and eye-opening year.  Their new album,
"Shrieking Violets" debuted to a sold out audience on October 21st, 2023 at E-Town Hall in Boulder, Colorado. Strangebyrds will be performing select “Shrieking Violets” shows with their full band throughout 2024, interspersed with their signature Folk/Rock Americana Duo performances.

Rock On!
Strangebyrds - Cari Minor & Ray Smith

Strangebyrds have recorded six award-winning releases recognized by both the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Songwriting Competitions: Highway Islands (2022), Star Crossed Lovers (2018), Devils & Desires (2015), Migration (2013). Their song "The World Needs Mercy" written for the short Documentary Film, "Common Thread" has won top awards at The Impact DOCS Awards, La Jolla, California 2022, Arrow International Film Festival, Paris, France 2022, The London Movie Awards, London, England 2022, New York Movie Awards (Official Selection), 2023.