Cari Minor and Ray Smith became Strangebyrds in 2011, writing moving songs about times past and present. Their blend of spot on harmonies and commitment to finessing and honing their craft has developed into a sound they call "Blue Collar Folk". Their sixth studio album, Shrieking Violets was released in 2023 with the support of fans who raised 197% of their Kickstarter goal in just thirty days. Shrieking Violets debuted to a sold out audience at E Town Hall in October 2023.  Strangebyrds have recorded six award-winning releases recognized by both the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Songwriting Competitions. The magnetic synergy of Strangebyrds' unique Americana music has forged a reputation for captivating audiences with powerful, universal truths layered within stunning musicianship.