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Eight-Legged Summer

The first tick check is cause for celebration. We found one lone-star tick, a carrier of Mammalian Meat Allergy, on our clothes. That particular critter is now carrying MMA to the underworld. 

 

Yall take care of each other, and come to a show. We don’t bite much. Your fan, 

 

JByrd

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We play every week atThe Kraken from 7 to 10pm. We're stepping out on the road again soon:

May 19 Sat
Basin Park Bandshell
Eureka Springs, AR

Jun 15 Fri
Fort Worth Live
Fort Worth, TX

Jun 16 Sat
Fischer Haus
Fischer, TX

Jun 17 Sun
Gruene Hall
New Braunfels, TX

We have an amazing UK tour lined up:

Jun 24 Sun
Jubilee Town Hall
Kirton In Lindsey, England

Jun 25 Mon
The Mackintosh Sports Club
Cardiff, Wales

Jun 26 Tue
The Royal Oak
Eccleshall, Staffordshire, England

Jun 27 Wed
Stables 2
Wavendon, England

Jun 28 Th
Norden Arts Centre
Maidenhead, England

Jun 29 Fri
Haile Village Hall
Egremont, England

Jun 30 Sat
Wild Zucchinis Bistro
Cockermouth, England

Jul 1 Sun
The Wightman Theatre
Shrewsbury, England

Jul 2 Mon
The Musician
Leicester, England

Jul 3 Tue
The Beambridge Inn
Wellington, England

Jul 4 Wed
Kitchen Garden Cafe
Birmingham, England

Jul 5 Thu
The Green Note
London, England

Jul 6 Fri
The Maverick Festival
Suffolk Coastal, England

Jul 7 Sat
Festival Hall
Market Rasen, England

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Sugar Mama

This week on The Byrd Word podcast, I interview Iraqi-Canadian songwriter Noosa al-Sarraj, known by her "honky-tonk name" Winona Wilde. We talk about family dynamics around art, the politics of personal power, and the difference between crossing the Canadian border going south or north. Noosa is coming from Peterborough, Ontario to be our special guest this week at The Kraken, a little roadhouse outside Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Check out the whole episode at

http://www.jonathanbyrd.com/the-byrd-word/2018/5/8/sugar-mama

You can also look for "The Byrd Word" on your Apple podcast app, Stitcher, Google Play, and more.

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We play every week at The Kraken from 7 to 10pm. We're stepping out on the road again soon:

May 19 Sat
Basin Park Bandshell
Eureka Springs, AR

Jun 15 Fri
Fort Worth Live
Fort Worth, TX

Jun 16 Sat
Fischer Haus
Fischer, TX

Jun 17 Sun
Gruene Hall
New Braunfels, TX

We have an amazing UK tour lined up:

Jun 24 Sun
Jubilee Town Hall
Kirton In Lindsey, England

Jun 25 Mon
The Mackintosh Sports Club
Cardiff, Wales

Jun 26 Tue
The Royal Oak
Eccleshall, Staffordshire, England

Jun 27 Wed
Stables 2
Wavendon, England

Jun 28 Th
Norden Arts Centre
Maidenhead, England

Jun 29 Fri
Haile Village Hall
Egremont, England

Jun 30 Sat
Wild Zucchinis Bistro
Cockermouth, England

Jul 1 Sun
The Wightman Theatre
Shrewsbury, England

Jul 2 Mon
The Musician
Leicester, England

Jul 3 Tue
The Beambridge Inn
Wellington, England

Jul 4 Wed
Kitchen Garden Cafe
Birmingham, England

Jul 5 Thu
The Green Note
London, England

Jul 6 Fri
The Maverick Festival
Suffolk Coastal, England

Jul 7 Sat
Festival Hall
Market Rasen, England

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Thanks for reading and listening! Your fan,

JByrd

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Planting Flowers

Big changes are happening in my life. Stormy weather. Sickness. Separation. Growth.

The spring season seems perfectly suited. Young chickens fill you with hope, then you find half of one in the woods. Spring has its dark side.

Our agent of many years, John Laird of the Americana Agency, retired and closed the agency. We've started working with David Salada of The Sparrow Agency. In the transitional time, we lost a lot of ground for spring bookings. I ran down to our local roadhouse, The Kraken, and asked for a Wednesday night residency, and it immediately became one of the most successful things I've ever done. I watched my mother hoe her tulip beds while I mowed her lawn. I studied the night sky from a single place for months and learned the names of stars. Pollux. Mirfak. Bellatrix.

I love a meme that started going around in 2017. A little creature, sweating with anxiety, bags under its eyes, asks her friend:

 

"Why are you so optimistic about this year? What do you think it will bring?"

"I think it will bring flowers."

"Yes? How come?"

"Because I am planting flowers."

 

Plant flowers. Your fan,

JByrd

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We play every Wednesday 7-10pm at The Kraken in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


May 19 Sat
Basin Park Bandshell
Eureka Springs, AR

Jun 15 Fri
Fort Worth Live
Fort Worth, TX

Jun 16 Sat
Fischer Haus
Fischer, TX

Jun 17 Sun
Gruene Hall
New Braunfels, TX

We have an amazing UK tour lined up:

Jun 24 Sun
Jubilee Town Hall
Kirton In Lindsey, England

Jun 25 Mon
The Mackintosh Sports Club
Cardiff, Wales

Jun 26 Tue
The Royal Oak
Eccleshall, Staffordshire, England

Jun 27 Wed
Stables 2
Wavendon, England

Jun 28 Thu
Norden Arts Centre
Maidenhead, England

Jun 29 Fri
Haile Village Hall
Egremont, England

Jun 30 Sat
Wild Zucchinis Bistro
Cockermouth, England

Jul 1 Sun
The Wightman Theatre
Shrewsbury, England

Jul 2 Mon
The Musician
Leicester, England

Jul 3 Tue
The Beambridge Inn
Wellington, England

Jul 4 Wed
Kitchen Garden Cafe
Birmingham, England

Jul 5 Thu
The Green Note
London, England

Jul 6 Fri
The Maverick Festival
Suffolk Coastal, England

Jul 7 Sat
Festival Hall
Market Rasen, England

 

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My Offering

This rain! Making music on the new leaves, beading the bearded iris, it plays like vinyl on this Roberta Flack morning. I stuck my nose in a flower outside the bank and people walked by to count their money. Some goes in. Some comes out. I made a withdrawal of fragrance without ever making a deposit. Am I the only one who knows about this program? The Earth is your mother and she’s filthy rich.

We feel wealthy this morning. Johnny is car shopping and starting a health savings account to manage his recovery from last week’s accident. This weekend, we met some of you up close in Lexington, Asheville, and Dahlonega. Thanks for your shining faces.

This week, we’ll have A Different Thread with us at The Kraken. The next three weeks, it’ll be just us, making three hours worth of music. We’re working up some songs we’ve never played on stage.

This is also making me feel wealthy, this richness of experience, offering myself like a flower outside the bank. A lot of people will walk by, but you’re the weirdo aren’t you? If not, I hope you can be the weirdo sometime. Sometimes it’s lonely, but as Mary Oliver says, “Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination.”

APR 25 WED
The Kraken
Chapel Hill, NC
special guests A Different Thread

MAY 2 WED
The Kraken
Chapel Hill, NC

MAY 9 WED
The Kraken
Chapel Hill, NC

MAY 16 WED
The Kraken
Chapel Hill, NC


Your fan,

JByrd

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I offer this to you, two of my best rainy-day records:

The Law and the Lonesome, my dark side. https://jonathanbyrd.bandcamp.com/album/the-law-and-the-lonesome

The Sea and the Sky, my slightly less dark side. https://jonathanbyrd.bandcamp.com/album/the-sea-and-the-sky

You don’t have to buy them. You can stream them right there. Enjoy.

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YES

It's spring! Technically. If you live north of me, I offer you this vision of your future:


The One and Holy Word

 

One morning in the spring I heard a hissing

I walked out to the garden and stood listening

It seemed as if there was some sort of magnet

a circuit humming coming through the planet

 

The Sun was streaming creaming in the blossoms

The tongues of bees repeating in devotion

the anthem of the budding and the buzzes

the one and Holy Word of God and Goddess

 

YES YES YES YES YES


This week is going to be a lot of fun for us. Violet Bell will join us at The Kraken. Watch their awesomeness here: https://youtu.be/wDCnRF7DQvg . We're going back to High Rock Outfitters in Lexington- it's been too long since we were there with Butch Morgan- and Isis Music Hall in beautiful Asheville. Johnny is teaching his first saw-playing workshop at Bear on the Square in Dahlonega GA.

 

APR 18 WED (and every Wednesday)

The Kraken

Chapel Hill NC

special guests Violet Bell

 

APR 20 FRI

High Rock Outfitters

Lexington NC

 

APR 21 SAT

Isis Music Hall

Asheville NC

 

APR 22 SUN

Bear on the Square

Dahlonega GA


Your fan,

JByrd

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New song 'Dying to Go to Heaven' and an interview

I'm excited to share a song with you today. It's been a while. Today, it's in the context of a novel I read called 'Over the Plain Houses.'

My band is playing this week, and every Wednesday at 7pm, at The Kraken, a little roadhouse outside of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. My special guest this week will be writer, vocalist, and producer Martha Bassett.

Thursday, April 5th, we're excited to play my birthplace, Fayetteville North Carolina, at The Cameo Arthouse Theater. It's at 225 Hay St, Fayetteville, NC. Buy tickets here. Get more info at www.cameoarthouse.com or call (910)486-6633.

April 21 SAT / Isis Music Hall / Asheville NC / buy tickets

April 22 SUN / Bear on the Square / Dahlonega GA / mainstage schedule

Yesterday, I released The Byrd Word podcast with Julia Franks, author of Over the Plain Houses, a novel that NPR calls "A spellbinding story of witchcraft and disobedience." Over the Plain Houses is an NPR Book of the Year, Winner of the 2016 Southern Book Prize, winner of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award 2017, and more. Julia Franks lives in Atlanta, where she runs loosecanon.com, a web service that fosters free-choice reading in the classroom. Learn more about Julia at http://www.juliafranks.com/ and more about Loose Canon at https://loosecanon.com/

I end the podcast with an unreleased song, 'Dying to Go to Heaven.' I wrote it for a project by Shari Smith called Trio, which included the novel Over the Plain Houses, this song, and a work of visual art. You can find out more about Shari Smith and her Trio project at shari-smith.com/

You can listen on almost any podcast app, just look for The Byrd Word, or head over to http://www.jonathanbyrd.com/the-byrd-word/2018/4/2/over-the-plain-houses . Subscribe to the podcast and leave us a review.

Most of all, I hope you can come to a live show soon. It's our favorite part of what we do. We have Texas and UK tours coming up soon. You can always check the full list of tour dates at http://www.jonathanbyrd.com/schedule/

Thanks for reading, and for listening. Your fan,

JByrd

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Lemonade

I love the TSA! They always leave a free bookmark in my guitar case. Shoutout to my people in secondary inspection

 

Every Wednesday at The Kraken

Chapel Hil NC

 

april 5

Cameo Theater

Fayetteville NC

 

april 21

Isis Music Hall

Asheville NC

 

april 22

Bear on the Square Festival

Dahlonega GA

 

look for for an upcoming Byrd Word podcast with author Julia Franks! I had a wonderful time speaking with her this morning.  

Your fan,  

 

JByrd

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Stuff and Things

I’ve never wanted to own a thing in my life. If there was an Enterprise Rent-a-Guitar I might never own a guitar again. Guitars are the objects I care most about, so it’s all downhill from there.

I have a disorganized pile of CDs I never listen to. Every now and then I recycle a bunch of them. Spotify perfectly fits my mission of owning as little as possible. I can listen to most of the recorded music in human history on whichever device I can find.

I love the idea of having a record player, but UGH. You pay for the objects and they take up space in your life? You have to clean them? Organize? I guess that’s why I go to the trouble of owning a guitar.

I have some books. I give them away when they start to act like they own me. Except for Their Eyes Were Watching God. That book has owned me since I opened it. Sometimes I have to give it away, because I love it so much, but I always get another copy. If Their Eyes Were Watching God called me drunk at 3am, I’d let it come over.

My phone is the only reason I have photos. I don’t keep pictures in my wallet. I don’t have a wallet. Sometimes people give me pictures of myself. I have no idea what to do with those.

I love all the gifts I get. I don’t keep them forever. I look at them, read them, wear them, and feel the love in them. One day, they feel a little heavier. They move on.

I love walking in my front door and seeing the backyard. I love the echo of an empty room. I love going to other people’s houses and seeing all their great stuff. I love touching, reading, playing, and listening to all the things in other people’s houses. I love leaving it all there.

I don’t have a television, a stereo, a couch, a boat, or a Netflix account. If I wasn’t in the music business, I wouldn’t own a computer. Maybe then I’d have to get a stereo.  

What do I get for all this silence and space? I don’t know. Silence and space, I guess. I sleep at night. I make stuff and sell it. I listen to the birds. I talk to people at the grocery store.

It’s not for everybody. I am in awe of people who take pleasure in owning, organizing, and maintaining things. I have friends who own houses worth millions. They have more wine than a grocery store. They are like rockstar astronauts to me. They have ownership skills that are beyond my comprehension. I think sharing it keeps them sane. I don’t have much stuff, but I do have a lot of thoughts. Sharing them definitely keeps me sane. Maybe owning stuff is like that too.

When I share my music with you, it’s all I’ve got. You are welcome to it. I have so much I don’t know what else to do with it. I fly from town to town giving it away. In return, people give me compliments, show me around, invite me into their beautiful homes and tell me their stories. That’s perfect because I can keep a good story my whole life. I have plenty of story-age space.

WED MAR 21
The Kraken
Chapel Hill NC

FRI MAR 23
Red Bicycle Hall
Madison, IN

MAR 24 SAT
Princeton Coffeehouse
Princeton, IL

WED MAR 28 AND APR 4
The Kraken
Chapel Hill, NC

APR 5
Cameo Theater
Fayetteville, NC

Your fan,

JByrd

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New podcast! New baby!

The Byrd Word podcast is finding its groove. Thanks for listening. This week we talk with Eric Bannan, who found faith, community, and a home for his music at our local Unitarian church. His latest album, "You Are Welcome Here," is currently #15 on the Folk charts. You can listen here, on your Apple podcast app, Stitcher, Google Play, and more. Just look for "The Byrd Word."

 

Welcome to our family Aeroh Wynn McCall, a beautiful little baby girl, daughter of our drummer Austin McCall. Austin missed a world-record of one gig for his child's birth. He did look a little sleepy last week, but his playing just gets better all the time. Now when Johnny and I hit the road without Austin, we miss him onstage and off. I gave Austin one piece of advice; when the baby sleeps, you sleep.

 

Your fan,  

 

JByrd

 

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Paul Ford, poetry reading, and tea with Melissa Greener

I'm playing tomorrow night with my band at The Kraken, a little roadhouse outside Chapel Hill, NC, and we're having a birthday party for the late Paul Ford, who was our cellist in the band and a good friend. We’ll celebrate Paul’s life by playing, in its entirety, an as yet unreleased album that we made with Paul days before he was diagnosed with a stage 4 glioblastoma. It’s a miracle that we were able to make that record (that we’ll be releasing this fall!) and it’s going to be a lot of fun to celebrate Paul’s birthday tomorrow night by playing it for our, and Paul’s, fans.  

Come to my first public full-length reading from my new book of poetry ‘You’ve Changed,’ this Friday, March 2nd at St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Hillsborough NC. Johnny Waken will be there too and we'll weave songs into the performance.

Today I released another episode of The Byrd Word podcast. I have a great conversation with singer, songwriter, guitarist, poet, and mental health advocate Melissa Greener. Melissa is about to release an album and mental health advocacy project called 'The Fallow Year.' Melissa reads her poem “Tea, Mint from Your Garden” which is up on her patreon page, https://www.patreon.com/melissagreener . I read my poem "Painting of The Baptism" to Melissa (I'll print the text below). Finally, we'll hear a sneak preview track from 'The Fallow Year.'

Check it out over at http://www.jonathanbyrd.com/the-byrd-word/2018/2/27/tea-with-melissa-greener
Your fan,

Jonathan Byrd

 

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Starlings and Toilets

It's spring break for my 8-year-old and I'm hanging with him all week. We watched a murmuration of starlings for about an hour this morning and now we're building a prototype toilet. Good times. 

Speaking of good times, come see us live and check out The Byrd Word podcast. This week, I'll be reading a bunch of poetry from my new book 'You've Changed,' in preparation for March 2nd, my first public, ticketed reading show at St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Hillsborough NC.

We also have a handful of shows in the midwest in March. The dates:

 

WED FEB 21 - The Kraken - Chapel Hill NC - special guest Eno River Rats

WED FEB 28 - The Kraken - Chapel Hill NC - a special night in memory of Paul Ford

FRI MAR 2 - St. Matthews Episcopal Church - Faith & Arts Series - Hillsborough NC - a full-length reading show featuring poems from my new book 'You've Changed'

WED MAR 7 - The Kraken - Chapel Hill NC - special guest Eric Bannan

WED MAR 14 - The Kraken - Chapel Hill NC - special guest Kyshona Armstrong

FRI MAR 16 - Journey Church - Nisswa, MN

SAT MAR 17 - The Warming House - Minneapolis, MN

WED MAR 21 - The Kraken - Chapel Hill NC - special guest Jim Watson

FRI MAR 23 - Red Bicycle Hall - Madison, IN

SAT MAR 24 - Open Prairie Church (Princeton Coffeehouse) - Princeton, IL

 

Your fan,

 

JByrd

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Wild Ponies and live shows

This week, my son Rowan asked if we could talk about my song Wild Ponies, so we made a podcast about it. Check it out http://www.jonathanbyrd.com/the-byrd-word/2018/2/13/wild-ponies-with-rowan We listen to an early demo version of the song and break down the lyrics, which I'll share below.

We'll be on WCOM, Carrboro's local radio station, at 10am tomorrow. Tune in to https://wcomfm.org/ and listen live. Catch a show this month:

WED FEB 14 - The Kraken - Chapel Hill NC - Valentines Day!

THURS FEB 15 - Carolina Theater - Durham NC - opening for The Earls Of Leicester

WED FEB 21 - The Kraken - Chapel Hill NC - special guest Eno River Rats

WED FEB 28 - The Kraken - Chapel Hill NC - a special night in memory of Paul Ford

FRI MAR 2 - St. Matthews Episcopal Church - Faith & Arts Series - Hillsborough NC - a full-length reading show featuring poems from my new book 'You've Changed'

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Wild Ponies

She had legs like daggers and eyes like oceans
and her heart locked up in a hard combination.
I took her to the island, to see the wild ponies.

See, I had a friend who had a concrete boat, -
it don't take as much as you might think to float-
and he lived out on the island with the wild ponies.

We made a fire in the live oak trees,
and listened to the pirate breeze blowing.
And wondered how a man could be
so far from home, and still know where he's going.

She drifted down from a shipwrecked town
and landed here on the Pamlico sound.
She'd heard out on the islands, there were wild ponies.

I gave all I could give to her:
a chance to see what she had heard
and a night out on the island with the wild ponies.

But she didn't stay here, like she didn't stay there,
always looking for somewhere a little greener.
Every time I see the ponies run-
scared and hungry, wild and young- I see her.

I heard somebody say she died
drinking one night on the ocean side,
swimming to freedom, like a wild pony.

I wish her well. I wish her peace.
It's got to be lonely to be so free,
always running, like a wild pony,
living your life like a wild pony.

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Wild Ponies is on an album called Cackalack, available from the store.

Your fan,

JByrd

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The First Day

We're doing a lot of work at home, building a better stronger show to take on the road later this year. There are already tour dates up for the midwest and Texas at http://www.jonathanbyrd.com/schedule/ .

Thanks to The Daily Tarheel for writing about our residency at The Kraken: http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2018/01/shake-sugaree-0130 . Check out The Byrd Word podcast over at http://www.jonathanbyrd.com/the-byrd-word/ . You can subscribe and listen to The Byrd Word on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. By the time you read this, I'll have the newest one up with New Folk winner Wes Collins.

We're stepping out Friday to Dahlonega, GA at Cavender Creek Vineyards. Saturday, we’re honored to be a part of the very first Martha Bassett Show at Reeves Theater in Elkin, North Carolina.

 

WED FEB 7 - The Kraken - Chapel Hill NC - special guest Wes Collins

FRI FEB 9 - Cavender Creek Vineyards - Dahlonega GA

SAT FEB 10 - Reeves Theater - Elkin NC

WED FEB 14 - The Kraken - Chapel Hill NC - Valentines Day!

THURS FEB 15 - Carolina Theater - Durham NC - opening for The Earls Of Leicester

WED FEB 21 - The Kraken - Chapel Hill NC - special guest Eno River Rats

WED FEB 28 - The Kraken - Chapel Hill NC - a special night in memory of Paul Ford

FRI MAR 2 - St. Matthews Episcopal Church - Faith & Arts Series - Hillsborough NC - a full-length reading show featuring poems from my new book 'You've Changed'

 

'You've Changed,' my first book of poetry is still selling like hotcakes. I'm working on another book of poetry and photography of horses with the incredible Rodney Bursiel. Here's a sneak preview:

The First Day

When is grandpa going to die, he asked.
The mare had broke her water in the night.
No one knows, said Mama. We are tasked
to help with that transition when it’s right.

She tied a rope around the single hoof,
her hands the boy’s and horse’s God entire.
She said that they had waited long enough.
The boy fed bits of wood into the fire.

The head appeared and split the mare. She heaved,
the laminated foal reluctant yet.
Although to see the light would mean to breathe,
the winter in its lungs would seem like death.

The horse was born. The old man passed away.
The evening and the morning were the first day.

 

Your fan,

 

JByrd

 

 

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Stream a Little Stream of Me

I’m performing my first full-length reading performance at a private show this Friday (Feb 2) in Carrboro NC. I’m excited to develop this different type of performance- thank you for witnessing this work in progress. $20 suggested donation, RSVP to this email for details and directions. Space is very limited! If you RSVP, it is essential that you show up. Cancellations will be blacklisted from future invitations to private events.  A month later, March 2, I’ll do my first public reading performance at St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Hillsborough NC, as part of their Faith & Arts Series.  

 

Thanks to everyone who has been listening on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, and more. To answer a popular question, yes, I do get paid. This month, while you jammed my tunes you also quietly paid my gas bill. 

 

Thanks also for the success of ‘Youve Changed,’ my first book of poetry. Can you really download a book? There’s the gentle breath and flap of a flipped page. The dry rub of your hand spreading the spine open. The clean smell of a crafted product. You can hand it to someone. Not only does it never need recharging, it recharges you. It’s reusable, recyclable, and 100% biodegradable. If cared for, it will last lifetimes. 

 

I autograph every copy ordered from my web store: http://www.jonathanbyrd.com/the-store/youve-changed-1

 

Wednesdays at The Kraken are rockin’! The support for our new residency has been overwhelming. Thanks to our special guest Jess Klein for a fantastic show last week. You can listen to last week’s The Byrd Word podcast with Jess here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-byrd-word/id1337844620?mt=2&i=1000400570089

Subscribe to The Byrd Word to get an episode every week. You can also follow the Jonathan Byrd channel in your Apple News app. Here’s last week’s blog and podcast https://apple.news/ATMQ7j9w9TfCnu47qkRRhTQ

 

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WED JAN 31

The Kraken

Chapel Hill NC

special guests John Saylor and Stan Lewis

 

FRI FEB 2

Private reading and music

Carrboro NC

RSVP for details

 

WED FEB 7

The Kraken

Chapel Hill NC

special guest Wes Collins

 

FRI FEB 9

Cavender Creek Vineyards

Dahlonega GA

 

FEB 10

Reeves Theater

Elkin NC

 

*first ever full-length public reading performance*

FRI MAR 2

St. Matthews Episcopal Church

Faith & Arts Series

Hillsborough NC

 

Your fan,  

 

JByrd

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The Byrd Word podcast!

Big news today. But first- we’re playing The Kraken this Wednesday with a very special guest, the incredible Jess Klein. We’re working up a country duet especially for this show. We’ve also been fortunate to be joined by Austin McCall on drums. Y’all come have a drink with us after work. 

 

January 24th, 7-10pm

The Kraken

Highway 54 West, Chapel Hill NC

 

January 31st, 7-10pm

The Kraken

Highway 54 West, Chapel Hill NC

special guests John Saylor and Stan Lewis

 

we’ll continue the Wednesday residency and announce special guests as we add them. We have two special shows in February:

 

February 9th 

Cavender Creek Vineyards

Dahlonega GA

 

February 10th

Reeves Theater

Elkin, NC

 

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Ladies and gentleman, presenting the first edition of The Byrd Word podcast. I read a poem inspired by my eight-year-old son, and we discuss it together. If you enjoy the podcast, share it! You can also leave a review on iTunes. I'd love to know what you thought about it.

 

Listen on the podcast app:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-byrd-word/id1337844620?mt=2&i=1000400263206

 

or in your browser at:  http://www.jonathanbyrd.com/the-byrd-word/

 

Every week, I'll share and discuss the written word. Subscribe to The Byrd Word in your podcast app. 

 

Podcast notes and links can be found at http://www.jonathanbyrd.com/the-byrd-word/

 

Your fan,

 

JByrd

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The Price Is, Write

We’re in New York and it’s cold. The city lights shine crisp on the river, stars across the void. it’s good to see friends like Kaia Kater, Corin Raymond, Sam Baker, Jefferson Hamer, all at this crazy industry event known as APAP. I kind of wish I’d seen The Price Is Right traveling show. They were here, along with every tribute band known to man. 

 

Eight of us Roots/Americana acts rented a beautiful old theater on Bleecker Street and put on a four-hour show for maybe thirty people. Arts presenters. DJs. Music writers. A few enterprising fans. We watched each other and had fun. Thanks to Mavens Music and the Val Denn Agency for the opportunity and support. 

 

We’re looking forward to bringing Kyshona Armstrong home to The Kraken with us this Wednesday. My friend Korby Lenker is coming from Nashville. I know there’s snow coming. If The Kraken is open we’ll be there for you. Our sympathies go out to Armand Lenchek, who was suppose to be with us but is in the hospital getting over this crazy flu. Get well soon buddy! 

 

This Saturday, first ever show in Myrtle Beach!

 

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JAN 17 WED

The Kraken

Chapel Hill, NC

 

JAN 20 SAT

Myrtle Beach Train Depot

Myrtle Beach, SC

 

JAN 24 WED

The Kraken

Chapel Hill, NC



JAN 31 WED

The Kraken

Chapel Hill, NC

 

FEB 7 WED

The Kraken

Chapel Hill, NC

 

FEB 9 FRI

Cavender Creek Vineyards

Dahlonega, GA

 

FEB 10 SAT

Reeves Theater

Elkin NC

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Order ‘You’ve Changed,’ my new book of poetry, right here http://www.jonathanbyrd.com/the-store/youve-changed-1

 

I’ve mailed copies to Spain, Denmark, and Australia this week. Every copy sold will feed a hungry child in North Carolina. I have one in mind. Your fan, 

 

JByrd

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Holy Water

 “that’s a PREACHIN’ book. Loved it.” — Andrew Calhoun, Waterbug Records

 

There are only 25 copies left from the first printing of my new book of poetry, ‘You’ve Changed.’ I’ll sign every copy ordered from my web store: http://www.jonathanbyrd.com/the-store/youve-changed-1

 

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If you want us to come to your town, this is for you: We’re going to the APAP conference in NY, NY on January 15th. If you have a performing arts center or a theater in your area, they may be going to APAP to book their season. Tell them about our showcase! Forward this email right to them. We'll be in the beautiful Loreto Theater on Bleeker St at 8pm, Monday night, January 15th, along with a host of fantastic artists. More details below. 

 

This week is also the maiden voyage of our new residency at The Kraken on Highway 54 outside Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Join us for three hours of fun and music! 

 

JAN 10 WED

The Kraken

Chapel Hill, NC

 

JAN 15 MON

APAP Conference

Sheen Center- Loreto Theater

18 Bleeker Street

New York, NY

W Corin Raymond, Kaia Kater, Session Americana, and more

 

JAN 17 WED

The Kraken

Chapel Hill, NC

special guests Korby Lenker, Armand Lenchek, and Kyshona Armstrong

 

JAN 20 SAT

Myrtle Beach Train Depot

Myrtle Beach, SC

buy tickets

 

JAN 24 WED

The Kraken

Chapel Hill, NC

special guest Jess Klein

 

JAN 31 WED

The Kraken

Chapel Hill, NC

 

FEB 7 WED

The Kraken

Chapel Hill, NC

 

FEB 9 FRI

Cavender Creek Vineyards

Dahlonega, GA

 

FEB 10 SAT

Reeves Theater

Elkin NC

 

Your fan,

 

JByrd

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The Kraken and the Wolf

There’s a little roadhouse on hwy 54 outside Chapel Hill NC that’s been there since I was a kid, the kind of place my mom would be scared to go into. You’d see a couple motorcycles outside. A neon sign. A dude smoking on the porch.

 

A few years ago, my old friends Kirk and Jody took it over and called it The Kraken. They planted flowers. They put up a sculpture of the mythical sea creature. They started inviting local and nationally touring musicians to play there.

 

The Kraken has become a destination for music out here in the sticks. I’ve been discussing a residency with Kirk, and we’ve finally settled it. Starting January 10th, Johnny and I will play from 7-10pm every Wednesday at The Kraken on Highway 54. We’ll play songs we’ve never played on stage before, songs from old records, and songs by friends like Corin Raymond and Anais Mitchell. We'll have special guests- in fact, we’ve already lined up Armand Lenchek, Kyshona Armstrong, and Korby Lenker for Jan 17th, and Jess Klein for January 24th. 

 

We’re excited to have a place to try new things and connect with our neighbors every week. We’ll begin on the 10th with three hours of material that has rarely, if ever, been on stage before. Of course we’ll throw in some favorites too. Come have a drink with us. Tell your friends! Check the Kraken out online at http://www.thekrakenbar.com/ and on Facebook at https://facebook.com/KrakenBarChapelHill/

 

Your fan, 

 

JByrd

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Wind Wild and Weather Wet

 

Was a wolf in the woods

wind wild and weather wet

its eyes and mine met 

the wild world and not wild world

She the wolf and I the dog

She the weed and I the crop

The disadvantage mine

if left fending in the fallow

 

But what wild thing can wield

a not wild thing, wound to the whim

of its winder, this wild world

and all the gaping maw of nothing

not wild at all, that, the void obeys

the one rule to be all that is not

while Earth crawls like a beast

this blackened plain and barren

stretching its chain and straining

vainly as the not wild things

strain against their wildness

But wildness will have them

and find them one thing

 

The hearts of men and women

In linens and skins skimming

wilderness and weirding the wild

The feral born bewildered

Wild and not wild and weaned

Teary eyed torn from the wild

Weaponized and worn down

like bluestem under the wind

 

The cosmic wind wild as winter

Whereon fishermen ride the whim

Of water wishing they were home

Or better rich and wistful, fists full

of women and dogs not wolves

whereas that is what is wild

And not wild. The beast that crawls

to its master to burn its flank

on the hearth. Earth, the wolf,

turns ever from fire and yet

circles it, wind wild and weather wet

 

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If you like this poem, you’ll love ‘You’ve Changed,’ my new book of poetry beautifully designed by Jon Dixon in New Orleans. Order it here: http://www.jonathanbyrd.com/the-store/youve-changed-1

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Forever, Right Now

Now begins my favorite part of the year- the days between Christmas and New Years Day. Take the clock down from the wall. There are enough leftovers to survive on. All the books I haven’t read. Firewood. Four wheel drive. Town is there if we need it. Bedtime is whenever we get tired. Morning is whenever we wake up.


If we’re lucky, it’ll snow. That’s when the peace is undeniable, like heaven without death. That’s a day you remember when you’re old and senile and flipping through the brittle pages of your life. The steam from everything warm. The whiteness of the world. The laughter of children in the woods. Maybe you were one of them. Maybe you always were and you just forgot.


I’ll see y’all on the other side of heaven. I hope this time is timeless for you too. If it’s not, I hope you remember when it was. That’s how it lives forever, right now.


we are in heaven

the sky is an illusion

like any border


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If you like the things I write, you’ll love You’ve Changed, my new book of poetry from Mezcalita Press. Order your copy here http://www.jonathanbyrd.com/the-store/youve-changed-1


"You've Changed, a collection of masterful poems by Jonathan Byrd, leaves me with hope. Takes me through darkness, past sorrow, to the other side of despair, past the losses, the crosses, beyond surrender. Offers a glimpse of the star field where there are no more words. Just the gentle glow of eternity. Hope. What more could I ask of a collection of poems?"

-- Mary Gauthier

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