Era già noto da tempo che Dave Lamb, fondatore e voce dei Brown Bird, era afflitto dalla leucemia. Sottoposto a chemioterapia e a un trapianto di midollo in autunno, nelle ultime settimane Lamb aveva avuto una ricaduta molto grave, che ha causato un rapido aggravamento delle sue condizioni, fino a portarlo, nella giornata di ieri, alla morte. Di seguito l'annuncio della compagna (nella vita e nella band) MorganEve Swain:
"Dear friends, Over the past year, and especially this past week, I have been so overwhelmed and grateful for the amount of love that has surrounded Dave and me throughout our life and career together. You all have posted so many beautiful stories about Dave- how humble he was, how gracious, how talented...He certainly was all those things. Four days after Dave and I met we became bandmates, lovers and business partners, and set the tone for what our life would be for the next six years. We never imagined the amount of success we would enjoy in those years, how many incredible friendships would be forged, the experiences we would share, and nothing could have prepared us for the events of this past year.
Dave entered the battle with leukemia as only Dave could- determined, steadfast, smiling and always with his mind on our future. His incredible ability to continue writing through his struggle is something I'll forever aspire to.
This week was the toughest in the battle, as Dave's body began to shut down under the stress of a year-long fight and a sudden and aggressive leukemic relapse.
Today, surrounded by his family and so many friends, Dave peacefully let go.
Thank you for all the love you've all shown us. It helped so very much to know we had an army behind us.
Love and gratitude, MorganEve"
Autore di opere tra le più personali nel panorama cantautorale americano, per quanto una delle voci più legate alla vera tradizione bluegrass del paese, Dave è stato tra gli interpreti più veraci del filone "gipsy" del folk contemporaneo, in parallelo con Dark Dark Dark e Vandaveer.