As a close follower of New England’s music scene, I have come to find something extremely special about Rhode Island’s music community. Perhaps it’s the state’s small size that lends itself to an underdog mentality, but it is clear to me that the state carries an enormous sense of pride for its local musicians. This was apparent when Deer Tick swirled out of Providence a few years ago, is clear as day each year when Newport Folk Fest rolls around, and can be seen from up here in Boston when smaller bands bubble up to play shows, often carrying the accolades of bigger Rhode Island bands with them.
But just like Rhode Island embraces and celebrates its artists, this week, it mourns the loss of one of its best. David Lamb, one half of the Providence-based Americana group Brown Bird. Known as a poignant lyricist, a purveyor of curious influences, and a throaty, soulful vocalist, Lamb was diagnosed with Leukemia early in 2013, and on Saturday, succumbed to the battle. He leaves his band, which includes his wife, MorganEve, but also a legacy as a genuine performer with a soft spoken but kindhearted performer.
Fellow artists within the New England music scene and beyond have voiced their thoughts, thanking David for his gift, and extending their condolences. Some have even gone so far as to organize a tribute show tomorrow night at the Columbus Theatre in Providence.
We’d like to send out condolences and respect to the friends and family of Dave Lamb. RI lost an… http://t.co/WVy3fOimGJ
— Deer Tick (@deertickmusic) April 5, 2014
Farewell to one of my favorite musicians, purest inspirations, and greatest friends. I love you… http://t.co/Fp4Y2SOkhC
— Joe Fletcher & WR (@JoeFletcherWR) April 6, 2014
Dave was a beautiful, wonderful soul & musician. Our thoughts & love are with Dave Lamb’s family & friends. @brownbirdmusic
— Pearl and the Beard (@PEARLntheBEARD) April 6, 2014
RIP Dave Lamb of @brownbirdmusic. We feel blessed to have met this kind, good soul. Our thoughts are with MorganEve & Dave’s family.
— Folk to Folk (@Folktofolk) April 6, 2014
RIP dave lamb! you will be missed