Brian Straw
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The best kept secret in music

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Discography

2000 - "Once You're Lost You're Encouraged To Stay Lost", LP - Wire Skies

2001 - "Backfeed Pools", EP - Wire Skies

2002 - "What Finds You Is Not Yours, What Leaves You Is Not Stolen" , EP - Wire Skies

2004 - "Bleeding Sun", LP - Wire Skies

2006 - "The Cleanlands", LP - Wire Skies/Fabriq

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imagine an urgent Leonard Cohen armed only with whisky and a blown tube amplifier, lost in the sprawling Midwest, driving his solitary heart toward an uncertain future. Exploding the usually hidden place between love and sadness, where melody and hope tiptoe warily. As though climbing the arching tree to recover the fallen bird’s nest...

Brian Straw grew up in Richmond, Indiana, an idle town in mid-western United States off Highway 70. And where the tone was first set for the soundtrack Straw carried with him. Songs began to pour out of him there and the town’s windows cracked open as the hearts and ears that Straw implored began to listen. To harness his creative impulses Straw left Indiana and drifted from New York City to Bellingham, Washington and a few places in between. Garnering a base of supporters and critical praise along the way, Straw has toured the US and Europe extensively, sharing the stage with the likes of Calexico, the Black Heart Procession, Andrew Bird and Devendra Banhart. As an independent operator Straw has self-released two EPs and two albums. In 2001 his first full length album, once you're lost you're encouraged to stay lost and the EP Backfeed Pools were released, to be followed in 2003 by the live collection, what finds you is not yours, what leaves you is not stolen. In 2004, Bleeding Sun, an EP recorded with backing band, the Six Parts Seven, was also released. As a collaborator with the acclaimed instrumental band, the Six Parts Seven (Suicide Squeeze Records), Straw turned in a twelve minute opus for their remix album, Lost Notes From Forgotten Songs, complete with ghostly samples, ebbing soundscapes, delicate banjo, and his mournful baritone voice — a performance 'Splendid' highlights as “an epic but intimate gothic ballad that recalls recent Nick Cave.“

Currently based in Cleveland, Straw recently finished work on his most focused album yet, to be released by French label, Fabriq, in Europe this spring. US label to be announced soon.