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Back home

We had an awesome tour of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and South Dakota this past week, aside from massive weather delays getting back. We’ve all had a good night’s sleep and we’re ready to rock The Kraken tonight, which you can watch anywhere in the world from 7-10pm Eastern time at these internet locations:

Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/jonathanbyrdmusic/

YouTube Live: https://www.youtube.com/user/jonathanbyrd/live

Periscope: @jonathanbyrdmusic on your mobile device, or https://www.pscp.tv/jonathanbyrdmusic/

Our special guest tonight is Adam Klein!

Come see us live:

July 27 Sat
Blue Note Bar and Grill
Durham, NC
w/ Jon Dee Graham!

Aug 2 Friday
opening for opening night!
Paperhand Puppet Intervention
Forest Theater
Chapel Hill, NC

Aug 3 Saturday
Saturdays in Saxapahaw
Saxapahaw, NC

Aug 10 Sat
Oak Grove Folk Music Festival
Staunton VA

Aug 15 Thurs
Ironwood Stage & Grill
Calgary, Alberta

Aug 16 & 17
Bear Creek Folk Festival
Grand Prairie, Alberta

Your fan,

JByrd

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I'm so excited

And I just can’t hide. I’m about to play a bunch of great shows and I think I like it.

Tonight, you GOTTA tune in to The Shake Sugaree Americana Residency, live from The Kraken in White Cross NC, 7-10pm Eastern. Tonight, for the first time, we have two special guests, and I dare you to watch either one of these videos for 30 seconds and then turn them off. You can’t do it.

Anne McCue:

… and, once you get your jaw off the floor, maybe you should put a pillow down there so you don’t bruise your poor jaw, because Suzie Vinnick:

Then we’re airborne! Four great shows this week in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and South Dakota. Please spread the word!:

Jul 11 Thurs
The Park Center
Hayward, WI

July 12 Fri
Rhythm of the River Music Festival
Jackson, MN

July 13 Sat
Levitt Shell
Sioux Falls, SD

July 14 Sun
private show
Sioux Falls, SD
(shhh email gypsymaintenancematt@gmail.com if you need a seat…)

Your fan,

Jonathan Byrd

Dreaming about Tourtopia

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Happy Falafel July

I hope everyone had a great 4th. I found this message from myself, sent five years ago.

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Happy birthday, USA! You're crazy as hell but I love you.

I'm in Bedford, New York with my wife and son, visiting with my mother-in-law. Bedford is an all-American town if there ever was one. It's a page out of Martha Stewart Living, probably because she lives here. They have parades and fireworks. Due to its bucolic charm and its proximity to New York City, the real estate here has become so valuable that there are houses no one lives in. Rich people collect them for their value and a groundskeeper visits once a week to tidy up the lawn. Still, somehow Bedford hangs on to its old-fashioned identity.

My mother-in-law is a Bronx Jew. She was a free-roaming teenager in New York City during World War II. If you heard her accent in a movie, you wouldn't believe it was real. She is afraid of nothing except losing her driver's license. Her daughter has inherited her ferocity. Her niece, who became a young woman in Greenwich Village in the 60's, came over last night and we all went to dinner. Three New York Jewish women- vocal, pushy, devoted, earthy, passionate. Twenty minutes in the car with them is like a trip to a foreign country for a southern gentleman such as I. Rowan seems unsure of when to talk. All I know is you can't wait for your turn.

We went to Layla's Falafel, an unassuming joint in Stamford, Connecticut. The few tables are a little too close to each other. A fluorescent-lit drink cooler greets you as you walk in the door. Seemingly typical Mediterranean victuals sit in hotel pans on a steam table behind glass. Most customers were there to pickup their takeout orders.

But to those who know, Layla's food is special. Everything is handmade, even the yogurt. Dino, who owns three locations with his wife Layla, is a big gregarious man who gives generous samples of food simply because he loves it so much. He believes in the food. He's happy you are there because now he can feed you. He watches your face when you try a bite of whatever he's offered you. I think he genuinely suspects that someday, someone will be dissatisfied.

When the ladies walked in, he gave each one a big hug and welcomed them. He shook my hand, sat us down, and told us what was good today in a thick, charming accent. "The okra is fresh. You should have it."

"Where are you from?" the niece asked.

"I am from Palestine."

The ladies all handed back their menus and laughed. "Just feed us," they said. Dino came by every few minutes with lamb, chicken with garlic sauce, fattoush, baba ghanoush, rice and lentils, hummus and pita bread, and of course the fresh okra stewed with onions and tomatoes. We paid and left and he dragged us back in from the parking lot to taste a fresh batch of homemade yogurt. "My mother's recipe," he said with reverence. Then he sent us out the door with a tub of it, on the house.

This is the miracle of the United States of America. We're crazy as hell on paper. I admit that. We have too many guns and not enough teachers. Our public servants are owned by private interests. We protect our property and throw away human lives.

Face to face though, Americans are some of the friendliest people in the world. We're helpful. We like a good time. We give to charity. We volunteer. Even the newest Americans. Maybe especially the newest Americans.

We didn't always get along with each other. We still don't sometimes. But we work on it. We've been working on it for two hundred and thirty eight years. Good food helps. I think immigration reform should include a requirement to bring your mother's recipes with you.

In 1776, this was so far from reality that I almost can't believe the audacity of it. Now it stands as a prophecy:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Y'all have a fantastic Fourth of July. Your fan,

JByrd

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The other crazy thing about this country is internet access. If you have a passport you know what I’m talking about. In fact, you can watch me and my band The Pickup Cowboys this and every Wednesday 7-10pm Eastern on Facebook, Youtube, and Periscope. Tune in this Wednesday for two amazing guest musicians, Anne McCue and Suzie Vinnick.

facebook.com/jonathanbyrdmusic

youtube.com/user/jonathanbyrd/live

periscope @jonathanbyrdmusic

You can send your tips, which go to the musicians and also help fund deaf arts education in NC, to paypal.me/jonathanbyrdmusic or Venmo @Jonathan_Byrd_Music

Check out this fun set from last week, and tune in Wednesday night!

Your fan,

Jonathan Byrd

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You Can't Be A Has Been If You Never Was

That’s a direct quote from our special guest tonight, Tommy Womack, from his song “Alpha Male and The Canine Mystery-Blood,” a seven-minute song with no chorus about a show poster Tommy saw one day. I’ll link the video below. Tommy is coming all the way from Nashville to blow minds in White Cross, North Carolina for twenty minutes tonight.

Watch The Shake Sugaree Americana Residency tonight and every Wednesday 7-10pm Eastern on Facebook, YouTube, or Periscope. When you tip the band, we tip The Shake Sugaree Foundation, supporting special needs education in North Carolina, and we’re on track to raise our goal this year- $5000. FROM A TIN BUCKET IN A ROADHOUSE. If that’s not a miracle, there ain’t no miracles.

We’re excited to play Earl’s in Winston-Salem this weekend, and a venerable house concert in Deep Gap , NC— home of Doc Watson. We don’t play many house concerts these days and we’re looking forward to the intimacy and magic that happens up-close and personal.

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Every Wednesday 7-10pm at The Kraken on Highway 54 West outside of Chapel Hill NC!

June 28 Fri
Earl’s
Winston-Salem, NC

June 29 Sat
Songs From the Wood
Deep Gap, NC

Jul 11 Thurs
The Park Center
Hayward, WI

July 12 Fri
Rhythm of the River Music Festival
Jackson, MN

July 13 Sat
Levitt Shell
Sioux Falls, SD

July 14 Sun
private show
Sioux Falls, SD

July 27 Sat
Blue Note Bar and Grill
Durham, NC
w/ Jon Dee Graham!

Aug 2 Friday
opening for opening night!
Paperhand Puppet Intervention
Forest Theater
Chapel Hill, NC

Aug 3 Saturday
Saturdays in Saxapahaw
Saxapahaw, NC

Aug 10 Sat
Oak Grove Folk Music Festival
Staunton VA

Now. Listen to this. Watch this. Genius and madness, indistinguishable.

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Your fan,

JByrd

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Watch Us Live Tonight (for real this time) :)

This week you got an email for last week, proving that wormholes are real. You can travel backwards through time, at least in my brain.

Well, tonight, should all go well and you receive this communication from the other side of the black hole I’ve fallen into, you can watch The Shake Sugaree Americana Residency live from The Kraken on White Cross North Carolina from 7-10pm Eastern! Watch it in three places:

http://youtube.com/user/jonathanbyrd/live

http://facebook.com/jonathanbyrdmusic

On the periscope app: @jonathanbyrdmusic

We play for tips every Wednesday, and every little bit helps. Sometimes we find a fifty or even a hundred dollar bill in the bucket. There’s always a twenty or three with “Diana Jones” written across Jackson’s face, and many many ones and fives. We appreciate and deposit everything, and a percentage helps fund arts education at the Eastern NC School for the Deaf.

paypal.me/jonathanbyrdmusic

Venmo: @Jonathan_Byrd_Music , or on a browser at https://venmo.com/Jonathan-Byrd-Music

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We also tour! We’re playing a new venue in Winston-Salem, a great house concert up in Deep Gap, and a quick tour in the midwest:

June 28 Fri
Earl’s
Winston-Salem, NC

June 29 Sat
Songs From the Wood
Deep Gap, NC

Jul 11 Thurs
The Park Center
Hayward, WI

July 12 Fri
Rhythm of the River Music Festival
Jackson, MN

July 13 Sat
Levitt Shell
Sioux Falls, SD

July 14 Sun
private show
Sioux Falls, SD

July 27 Sat
Blue Note Bar and Grill
Durham, NC
w/ Jon Dee Graham!

Aug 2 Friday
opening for opening night!
Paperhand Puppet Intervention
Forest Theater
Chapel Hill, NC

Aug 3 Saturday
Saturdays in Saxapahaw
Saxapahaw, NC

Aug 10 Sat
Oak Grove Folk Music Festival
Staunton VA

Your fan,

JByrd

The Pickup Cowboys, Johnny Waken and Austin McCall

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Watch us live! Kraken tonight, Muddy Creek tomorrow

First and foremost, I would like to apologize to my friend Rebecca Newton, my personal assistant Bobbie Hayes, the Blue Note Grill, and all the people who expected me to show up Sunday for Rebecca’s album release party. It feels terrible when your friends let you down, and it feels terrible to let your friends down. I’m sorry.

Rebecca Newton’s new album, ‘Blue Shirt,’ is a gorgeous record produced by Jerry Brown who recorded, mixed, mastered and produced much of my own recorded work. Rebecca covered my song ‘Starlight’ and changed the way I hear it. She has been singing and playing music locally for about as long as I’ve been alive, and to be covered by her is an honor.

https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Shirt-Rebecca-Newton/dp/B07PRTLWQP

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Since January 10, 2018 Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys have been entertaining at a little roadhouse called The Kraken for three hours every Wednesday night, along with an incredible roster of special guests from all over the US and Canada. The audience that supports us makes the show special every week. They dance in whatever space they can find, request poems, sing every word of their favorite songs, and literally throw money at us. We’ve had music fans drop in from the UK, The Netherlands, Australia, and across the US.

Our nights at The Kraken are impossibly magical. We’ve had a preacher on stage and a fist-fight in the next room. When we outgrew the parking lot and people got stuck in the mud after parking down the side of Dodsons Crossroads, a fan donated the official Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys tow-strap. One of our regular couples made their own t-shirts for the event. Sometimes one of us will go out and dance with the audience. Sometimes they come on stage and dance with us. Sometimes we play a quiet song and the silence in the room makes you hold your breath.

We’ve working on a high-quality webcast of this weekly residency. Last week, we improved the audio drastically. We got a camera back on the handsome Austin McCall. Some of you have already tuned in to our Facebook Live feed, and your feedback is important to us. We will continue on Facebook Live, and this week we’re adding YouTube and Periscope.

Tune in here tonight:

https://www.youtube.com/user/jonathanbyrd/live

https://www.facebook.com/jonathanbyrdmusic/

https://www.pscp.tv/jonathanbyrdmusic

In the Periscope app: @jonathanbyrdmusic

Our special guest will be Wyatt Easterling!

Tomorrow night, we return to the fabulous Muddy Creek Music Hall! And this Saturday night we’ll make a special appearance at the One Hit Wonders show at The Kraken.

The dates:

Jun 13 Thurs
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

June 28 Fri
Earl’s
Winston-Salem, NC

June 29 Sat
Songs From the Wood
Deep Gap, NC

Jul 11 Thurs
The Park Center
Hayward, WI

July 12 Fri
Rhythm of the River Music Festival
Jackson, MN

July 13 Sat
Levitt Shell
Sioux Falls, SD

July 14 Sun
private show
Sioux Falls, SD

July 27 Sat
Blue Note Bar and Grill
Durham, NC
w/ Jon Dee Graham!

Aug 3 Saturday
Saturdays in Saxapahaw
Saxapahaw, NC

Aug 10 Sat
Oak Grove Folk Music Festival
Staunton VA

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Your fan,

JByrd

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guitar chord lesson for Temporary Tattoo

A lot of folks have asked me about the chords for Temporary Tattoo, a song that Christine Lavin called “the most honest love song ever.” I made a video for it, and I’ll link that at the bottom of this email.

I’ve been playing with cameras and other gear, working up to a professional weekly webcast of the Shake Sugaree Americana Residency at The Kraken. Some of you have asked how you can help, and I will definitely let you know when and how you can help. For now, I’m trying to understand how it will work. You may notice the neat picture-in-picture frame of this video. Toys, basically. Expensive toys. More to come.

We have a fantastic special guest this week! Rebecca Newton is well known to locals and she’s about to release a new album, “Blue Shirt.” In fact, she recorded one of my songs and damn it all she sang it better than I do. Come out tomorrow night, or tune in on our facebook page, facebook.com/jonathanbyrdmusic at 7pm EDT for three hours of music including Rebecca.

Tour dates:

the Kraken every Wednesday! Plus:

Jun 13 Thurs
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

June 28 Fri
Earl’s
Winston-Salem, NC

June 29 Sat
Songs From the Wood
Deep Gap, NC

Jul 11 Thurs
The Park Center
Hayward, WI

July 12 Fri
Rhythm of the River Music Festival
Jackson, MN

July 13 Sat
Levitt Shell
Sioux Falls, SD

July 14 Sun
private show
Sioux Falls, SD

July 27 Sat
Blue Note Bar and Grill
Durham, NC
w/ Jon Dee Graham!

Aug 3 Saturday
Saturdays in Saxapahaw
Saxapahaw, NC

Aug 10 Sat
Oak Grove Folk Music Festival
Staunton VA

The video guitar chord lesson:

Your fan,

JByrd

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Hot For T-shirt

In the summer heat, our t-shirts are a comfy and breathable blend of poly, cotton, and rayon. We’ve got mens sizes up to 2XL and ladies down to S (great for tiny women who look like orphans in a mens small). We have ladies sizes to xl in a flattering cut- just keep in mind that they size small. A ladies xl is like a mens medium. Because of the blend, the t-shirts do not shrink at all in my experience. We’re playing two larger shows this weekend and might sell out of some sizes, so you might want to order before Thursday. Order in the store: http://www.jonathanbyrd.com/the-store/t-shirts

We’ve been getting lots of local attention lately! Thank you to Come Hear NC, the NC Arts Council, and the NC Dept of Natural and Cultural Resources for all their support. NCDCNR did a great interview with me and you can watch it here.

Here’s a performance of “Wild Ponies” from the show they used for the interview.

Here’s a 20-video playlist from NCDNCR in 2019 “The Year of Music,” including former NASCAR driver Kyle Petty, badass Durham rappers G Yamazawa and J. Gunn, country legend Alice Gerrard, and more. It’ll give you a good taste for NC, even if you’re vegan.

WE ARE NOT PLAYING THE KRAKEN THIS WEDNESDAY, MAY 22. If you’re local, please join local phenom Crystal Bright and her Pickup Gypsies (tip of the cowboy hat to you, Crystal). We’ve got two shows this Memorial Day weekend.

May 24 Fri
Morristown Unitarian Fellowship
Morristown, NJ

May 26 Sun
Jammin’ at Hippie Jacks
Crawford, TN

Then we’ll be back at the Kraken every Wednesday, promise. Also-

Jun 13 Thurs
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

June 28 Fri
Earl’s
Winston-Salem, NC

June 29 Sat
Songs From the Wood
Deep Gap, NC

Jul 11 Thurs
The Park Center
Hayward, WI

July 12 Fri
Rhythm of the River Music Festival
Jackson, MN

July 13 Sat
Levitt Shell
Sioux Falls, SD

July 14 Sun
private show
Sioux Falls, SD

July 27 Sat
Blue Note Bar and Grill
Durham, NC
w/ Jon Dee Graham!

Aug 3 Saturday
Saturdays in Saxapahaw
Saxapahaw, NC

Aug 10 Sat
Oak Grove Folk Music Festival
Staunton VA

Love y’all! Stay cool. Your fan,

JByrd

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St. Mama

I was on the run from the law once for about three months. I rented an apartment, set up utilities, got a job, and navigated an emergency room visit with an invented identity. The US Navy and the police looked for me but they didn't find me. My mother found me.

My mother loves Jesus, America, and a good steak. Being impolite is just short of a sin for her. She did not turn me in. She called to make sure that I was safe.

When the Navy gave up and mailed my discharge papers home, she called me again to let me know. She drove four hours to see me play in a heavy metal band. She is not, to put it mildly, a fan of heavy metal.

The band didn't work out. Mama welcomed me into her home. I got a job and started another band. And another. Out of desperation I toured as a solo songwriter and accidentally hit my stride. Before I left home, Mama earned her Masters at night school while working full time at UNC and probably cleaning up after me. I did inherit this: If no one else will do the dishes, I must. Even at someone else's house.

Now I have a child and, Mama, I am so sorry. Oh God. It's hard. My only armor is this doctorate in Unconditional Love from the master.

Rock star. Saint. My mother. Happy Mother's Day, Mama.

Your fan,

JByrd

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Every Wednesday at The Kraken! Tonight with Violet Bell!

May 11 Sat
Tobias Music
Downers Grove, IL

***NOT playing The Kraken May 22nd. Crystal Bright will host***

May 24 Fri
Morristown Unitarian Fellowship
Morristown, NJ

May 26 Sun
Jammin’ at Hippie Jacks
Crawford, TN

Jun 13 Thurs
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

June 29 Sat
Songs From the Wood
Deep Gap, NC

Jul 11 Thurs
The Park Center
Hayward, WI

July 12 Fri
Rhythm of the River Music Festival
Jackson, MN

July 27 Sat
Blue Note Bar and Grill
Durham, NC
w/ Jon Dee Graham!

Aug 3 Saturday
Saturdays in Saxapahaw
Saxapahaw, NC

Aug 10 Sat
Oak Grove Folk Music Festival
Staunton VA

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Answers on Page 87

We lost money on a tour last week. I’ve never done that.

We had a great time. We saw fans and friends. We worked hard and put on great shows.

There’s an old joke in the music business. Q: “What would you do if you won the lottery?” A: “I’d tour until the money ran out!”

Funny not funny. I don’t plan on losing money again any time soon. I just canceled a bunch of dates in May for the same reason. My mission is to keep playing music for you for the rest of my life, and that means Daddy has to bring money home. On Monday, I reviewed all of our touring plans and it’s all looking good. I don’t plan on canceling any more shows.

When I’m flying, I get out the inflight magazine and do the crossword. I don’t know actors or athletes at all, so I usually get stuck on them. If a clue is keeping me from moving on, I look around to see if anyone is watching me before I turn the page back and look at the answer really quick. I try to block the rest with my hand.

As if anyone on the plane cares. It’s true that turning to page 87 is a failure. Failure means you’re trying to do something really hard. Failure means you learned something: the athlete who wrote a history of African-American athletes is Arthur Ashe. Not only did I learn that fact, I was reminded why sports are important.

So. Pretty good failure, all around. Thanks to Fargo, Winnipeg, and Minneapolis for your hospitality. We’re coming back smarter.

Tonight, we’re at the Kraken with special guest Greg Klyma:

Every Wednesday at The Kraken!

May 11 Sat
Tobias Music
Downers Grove, IL

May 24 Fri
Morristown Unitarian Fellowship
Morristown, NJ

May 26 Sun
Jammin’ at Hippie Jacks
Crawford, TN

Jun 13 Thurs
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

June 29 Sat
Songs From the Wood
Deep Gap, NC

Jul 11 Thurs
The Park Center
Hayward, WI

July 12 Fri
Rhythm of the River Music Festival
Jackson, MN

July 27 Sat
Blue Note Bar and Grill
Durham, NC
w/ Jon Dee Graham!

Aug 3 Saturday
Saturdays in Saxapahaw
Saxapahaw, NC

Aug 10 Sat
Oak Grove Folk Music Festival
Staunton VA

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Flight to Minneapolis

The crossword whispers from between the pages of the inflight magazine,
a prefix meaning “wine,” beehive contents, and the tongue of the mind.
I skip the ones about popular culture, maybe because I’m the kind of guy
who does crosswords for fun on a two-hour flight, the brutish sort

like Catherine who married Henry VIII. My time draws nigh, imposed, as a tax.
‘Answers on page 87’ levies temptation, part of SOS in popular usage,
my empty coffee cup jammed in the seat pocket, a reference from Moby-Dick
and a four letter word for a phrase on a yard-sale tag, as is forty-two across.

I always have a pen and I always want to prove something. As a result,
I’m unable to sit still in the light of the postcard screen, in brief (two words),
seat back up, tray table securely fastened, seat belt fastened,
fascinated, 38 down, down into Minneapolis, home of the king’s heir?

What is there to do at a window seat? Learn a language? Read the pages
of field and stream, the shapes water makes like the nerves in my leg
going numb, the simple geometry of crosswords and western cities,
keeping the monkey mind from puzzling where it is in the wild blue _ _ _ _ _ _

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Passed Over

This past week, we had a real Passover miracle. The two pictures are from a few hundred to a few thousand yards on either side of our house. The map shows the path of the tornado. Mature hardwoods two feet in diameter were snapped off like breadsticks. The blue star is our house. The tornado literally lifted up and passed over our house.

The other miracle is that we’re still eating leftovers. I call them passed-overs, and it may be how the Jews survived the exodus. It’s substantial stuff.

Unfortunately, Moses had T-Mobile and wandered in the desert for forty years looking for a signal. We’re better prepared for this weekend in Fargo, Winnipeg, and Minneapolis. The tour starts Thursday in Fargo and the dates are below with more detail.

Speaking of tour dates, I have some sad news. We hate to cancel anything ever and we’ve played gigs we shouldn’t have. However, when I started tallying up expenses for our northeast tour in May, I realized it was going to cost us around $5600. As in, we don’t make any money. We pay $5600 to play seven shows.

Of course, we can’t do that. We’ll pay $5,600 to play at Keith Richard’s 100th birthday, if that offer comes in. Other than that, we regretfully have to back out of these dates:

MAY 16 THU
Caffe Lena
Saratoga Springs NY

MAY 17 FRI
King of Clubs
Syracuse NY

MAY 19 SUN
Askew Prov
Providence RI

MAY 21 TUE
Rockwood Music Hall
New York NY

MAY 22 WED
St Lawrence Church
Portland ME

MAY 23 THU
Cafe Nine
New Haven CT

We’re KEEPING: 

MAY 24 FRI
Morristown Unitarian Fellowship
Morristown NJ

MAY 26 SUN
Jammin at Hippie Jack‘s
Crawford TN

We’re ADDING The Kraken back May 15 & 22.

Please accept our sincere apologies for the changes.

Your fan,

JByrd

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Every Wednesday (including tonight with Lyndy Butler!)

 Apr 25 Thurs
The Aquarium
Fargo, ND

Apr 26 Fri
West End Cultural Centre
Winnipeg, MB

Apr 27 Sat
The Warming House
Minneapolis, MN

May 11 Sat
Tobias Music
Downers Grove, IL

May 24 Fri
Morristown Unitarian Fellowship
Morristown, NJ

May 26 Sun
Jammin’ at Hippie Jacks
Crawford, TN

Jun 13 Thurs
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

June 29 Sat
Songs From the Wood
Deep Gap, NC

Jul 11 Thurs
The Park Center
Hayward, WI

July 12 Fri
Rhythm of the River Music Festival
Jackson, MN

July 27 Sat
Blue Note Bar and Grill
Durham, NC
w/ Jon Dee Graham!

Aug 3 Saturday
Saturdays in Saxapahaw
Saxapahaw, NC

Aug 10 Sat
Oak Grove Folk Music Festival
Staunton VA

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Everything

I don’t know what to say on the internet today. Maybe it’s because I don’t have a television. I don’t know what the national conversation is. I follow physics on Twitter. I walk in the woods and take pictures of interesting tree bark.

I find tree bark interesting. Okay, let’s just back up and start there.

Tuesday, I flew to New York city with my love to see Hadestown. We had time to get to the hotel, find dinner, see the show, sleep, find breakfast, and fly home.

On the way to and from the theater, we walked by Times Square. I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Times Square. It’s a seizure of capitalism. It’s the manic side of the bipolar marketplace. It’s as far from tree bark as you can get.

We took a selfie at Times Square. A stranger took this picture of us taking a selfie. A meta-selfie. Surrounded by layers of technology and blinding lights in the howling heart of the cyborg city, we look like we’re dancing. Somehow, there is space all around us.

There is an infinite stream of couples taking selfies in Times Square. For the one who is fascinated by them, they will never get old. I’m sure this photographer’s friends think he’s a little goofy. Maybe they think he’s boring. Sometimes I think I’m boring.

I mean, I’m on the internet talking about tree bark.

This cliche picture is beautiful, and I bet he took a hundred beautiful photos of the most mundane thing in New York City that night. What’s your tree bark? What gets you to ignore everything for long enough to realize it wasn’t even close to everything? Where do you find everything again?

Your fan,

JByrd

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Apr 25 Thurs
The Aquarium
Fargo, ND

Apr 26 Fri
West End Cultural Centre
Winnipeg, MB

Apr 27 Sat
The Warming House
Minneapolis, MN

May 11 Sat
Tobias Music
Downers Grove, IL

May 16 Thu
Caffe Lena
Saratoga Springs, NY

May 17 Fri
King of Clubs
Syracuse NY

May 19 Sun
Askew Prov
Providence, RI

May 21 Tues
Rockwood Music Hall
New York, NY

May 23 Thurs
Cafe Nine
New Haven, CT

May 24 Fri
Morristown Unitarian Fellowship
Morristown, NJ

May 26 Sun
Jammin’ at Hippie Jacks
Crawford, TN

Jun 13 Thurs
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

June 29 Sat
Songs From the Wood
Deep Gap, NC

Jul 11 Thurs
The Park Center
Hayward, WI

July 12 Fri
Rhythm of the River Music Festival
Jackson, MN

July 27 Sat
Blue Note Bar and Grill
Durham, NC
w/ Jon Dee Graham!

Aug 10 Sat
Oak Grove Folk Music Festival
Staunton VA

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LA TX AR TN GA FL tour!

Starting Thursday, we are weaving a tangled web of sticky songs across the south. One show sold out weeks ago. If it’s a ticketed show, get them now. 

Normally every Wednesday night:
The Kraken
Chapel Hill, NC
***March 27 will be a Shake Sugaree special with Jess Klein, Mark Simonsen, and Mike June. April 3rd is unannounced- stay tuned to The Kraken’s facebook page. We’ll be back on the 10th! ***

Mar 28 Thu
Red Dragon Listening Room
Baton Rouge, LA

Mar 29 Fri
Fort Worth Live
Fort Worth, TX

Mar 30 Sat
Fayetteville Public Library
Fayetteville, AR

Apr 1 Mon
The Basement
Nashville TN

Apr 2 Tues
The 5 Spot
Nashville TN

Apr 3 Wed
The Crimson Moon
Dahlonega GA

Apr 4 Thu
Museum of Commerce
Pensacola, FL

Apr 5 Fri
McGonigels’ Mucky Duck
Houston, TX

Apr 6 Sat
Sycamore Creek Concerts
Dripping Springs, TX

 

Yall come. Your fan, 

 

JByrd

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Tuning a b string with my mind. Photo: Kim Hawks

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Thank you for listening

Leonardo DaVinci filled an ox heart with hot wax and then used the wax to cast a glass version of the heart. He filled the heart with liquid and figured out how the valves close and open. He may have been the first person to discover coronary artery disease. He even connected the wrist pulse with the contraction of the left ventricle.

You may have heard about that. And the bicycle Leonardo designed. And the helicopter.

DaVinci died in 1519. Why did Leonardo’s ideas and research not spread all over the world? Why didn’t Shakespeare have a bicycle? Why did no one else understand atherosclerosis until 1950?

Leonardo had no formal education. He didn’t learn Latin, Greek, or Arabic. He had no way to communicate his ideas to other scholars. His notes were not published and were lost for centuries. DaVinci needed a community. One of the most gifted scientists the world has ever known wrote ground-breaking papers in a vacuum.

When I say, “Thanks for listening,” I mean it. When you take our music home and enjoy it, share it with friends, and ask me questions about it, it gives our work meaning. I’m not sure if we’ll drastically change the world, but we can give you words for your broken heart and a beat you can dance to.

Thanks for listening. Your fan,

JByrd

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Every Wednesday night! (this week w Stan Lewis!)
The Kraken
Chapel Hill, NC
***we will not be home March 27 or Apr 3 :( ***

Mar 28 Thu
Red Dragon Listening Room
Baton Rouge, LA

Mar 29 Fri
Fort Worth Live
Fort Worth, TX

Mar 30 Sat
Fayetteville Public Library
Fayetteville, AR

Apr 1 Mon
The Basement
Nashville TN

Apr 2 Tues
The 5 Spot
Nashville TN

Apr 3 Wed
The Crimson Moon
Dahlonega GA

Apr 4 Thu
Museum of Commerce
Pensacola, FL

Apr 5 Fri
McGonigels’ Mucky Duck
Houston, TX

Apr 6 Sat
Sycamore Creek Concerts
Dripping Springs, TX

Apr 11 Thurs
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

Apr 25 Thurs
The Aquarium
Fargo, ND

Apr 26 Fri
West End Cultural Centre
Winnipeg, MB

Apr 27 Sat
The Warming House
Minneapolis, MN

May 9 Thurs
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

May 11 Sat
Tobias Music
Downers Grove, IL

May 16 Thu
Caffe Lena
Saratoga Springs, NY

May 17 Fri
King of Clubs
Syracuse NY

May 19 Sun
Askew Prov
Providence, RI

May 21 Tues
Rockwood Music Hall
New York, NY

May 23 Thurs
Cafe Nine
New Haven, CT

May 24 Fri
Morristown Unitarian Fellowship
Morristown, NJ

May 26 Sun
Jammin’ at Hippie Jacks
Crawford, TN

Jun 13 Thurs
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

June 29 Sat
Songs From the Wood
Deep Gap, NC

Jul 11 Thurs
The Park Center
Hayward, WI

July 12 Fri
Rhythm of the River Music Festival
Jackson, MN

July 27 Sat
Blue Note Bar and Grill
Durham, NC
w/ Jon Dee Graham!

Aug 10 Sat
Oak Grove Folk Music Festival
Staunton VA

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Watch Johnny rip a hole in the Universe

After a show one night, a lady asked me, “Is that a normal electric guitar?” It is. It is not, however, a normal electric guitar player. It took 15 minutes to play this song because of how Johnny’s mojo bends spacetime. Watch. Share.

Experience that live this week around North Carolina and in the coming months as we hit the road:

Every Wednesday night! (tonight with Jeffrey Martin!)
The Kraken
Chapel Hill, NC

Mar 14 Thu
Muddy Creek Cafe And Music Hall
Bethania, NC, United States

Mar 15 Fri
The Cary Theater
Cary, NC

Mar 28 Thu
Red Dragon Listening Room
Baton Rouge, LA

Mar 29 Fri
Fort Worth Live
Fort Worth, TX

Mar 30 Sat
Fayetteville Public Library
Fayetteville, AR

Apr 1 Mon
The Basement
Nashville TN

Apr 2 Tues
The 5 Spot
Nashville TN

Apr 3 Wed
The Crimson Moon
Dahlonega GA

Apr 4 Thu
Museum of Commerce
Pensacola, FL

Apr 5 Fri
McGonigels’ Mucky Duck
Houston, TX

Apr 6 Sat
Sycamore Creek Concerts
Dripping Springs, TX

Apr 11 Thurs
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

Apr 25 Thurs
The Aquarium
Fargo, ND

Apr 26 Fri
West End Cultural Centre
Winnipeg, MB

Apr 27 Sat
The Warming House
Minneapolis, MN

May 9 Thurs
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

May 11 Sat
Tobias Music
Downers Grove, IL

May 16 Thu
Caffe Lena
Saratoga Springs, NY

May 17 Fri
King of Clubs
Syracuse NY

May 19 Sun
Askew Prov
Providence, RI

May 21 Tues
Rockwood Music Hall
New York, NY

May 23 Thurs
Cafe Nine
New Haven, CT

May 24 Fri
Morristown Unitarian Fellowship
Morristown, NJ

May 26 Sun
Jammin’ at Hippie Jacks
Crawford, TN

Jun 13 Thurs
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

June 29 Sat
Songs From the Wood
Deep Gap, NC

Jul 11 Thurs
The Park Center
Hayward, WI

July 12 Fri
Rhythm of the River Music Festival
Jackson, MN

July 27 Sat
Blue Note Bar and Grill
Durham, NC
w/ Jon Dee Graham!

Aug 10 Sat
Oak Grove Folk Music Festival
Staunton VA

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Stream a little stream of me

People ask me all the time if I get paid from streaming. I was paid $258 from Apple Music, Amazon, Napster, and others this past month. That doesn’t include satellite radio, which pays really well, or terrestrial radio and other sources. $258 is just streaming, and it’s pretty damn good for an independent artist.

I want you to know I love when you listen to my music, however you listen to my music. Spotify pays the least- it’s a great product, but if you’re concerned about artists making money, listen elsewhere. I personally enjoy Tidal when I’m home because you can stream CD-quality audio. The difference is subtle but undeniable, like having exactly the right amount of salt in your grits.

If you’re looking for hard-to-find Jonathan Byrd tunes, check out jonathanbyrd.bandcamp.com . There are live recordings, out-of-print albums, and demos- all available to stream or to download in CD-quality.

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Our show is better than ever. We’ve been playing three hours a week for a year and three months. It makes a band tight. I’ve learned old songs I haven’t played in years. If you’re coming to a show and you’d like to hear something, send us a request at least a week beforehand. We’ll do our best to learn it and play it for you. You’re the reason we’re on the road and in the roadhouse. Your fan,

JByrd

Every Wednesday night!
The Kraken
Chapel Hill, NC

Mar 14 Thu
Muddy Creek Cafe And Music Hall
Bethania, NC, United States

Mar 15 Fri
The Cary Theater
Cary, NC

Mar 28 Thu
Red Dragon Listening Room
Baton Rouge, LA

Mar 29 Fri
Fort Worth Live
Fort Worth, TX

Mar 30 Sat
Fayetteville Public Library
Fayetteville, AR

Apr 1 Mon
The Basement
Nashville TN

Apr 2 Tues
The 5 Spot
Nashville TN

Apr 3 Wed
The Crimson Moon
Dahlonega GA

Apr 4 Thu
Museum of Commerce
Pensacola, FL

Apr 5 Fri
McGonigels’ Mucky Duck
Houston, TX

Apr 6 Sat
Sycamore Creek Concerts
Dripping Springs, TX

Apr 11 Thurs
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

Apr 25 Thurs
The Aquarium
Fargo, ND

Apr 26 Fri
West End Cultural Centre
Winnipeg, MB

Apr 27 Sat
The Warming House
Minneapolis, MN

May 9 Thurs
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

May 11 Sat
Tobias Music
Downers Grove, IL

May 16 Thu
Caffe Lena
Saratoga Springs, NY

May 17 Fri
King of Clubs
Syracuse NY

May 19 Sun
Askew Prov
Providence, RI

May 21 Tues
Rockwood Music Hall
New York, NY

May 23 Thurs
Cafe Nine
New Haven, CT

May 24 Fri
Morristown Unitarian Fellowship
Morristown, NJ

May 26 Sun
Island Pride
Gaithersburg, MD

Jun 13 Thurs
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

June 29 Sat
Songs From the Wood
Deep Gap, NC

Jul 11 Thurs
The Park Center
Hayward, WI

July 12 Fri
Rhythm of the River Music Festival
Jackson, MN

Aug 10 Sat
Oak Grove Folk Music Festival
Staunton VA

Aug 16-18 Fri-Sun
Bear Creek Folk Festival
Grand Paririe, AB

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South by Northwest

Last Wednesday, we played The Kraken on White Cross, North Carolina. Friday and Saturday, we played the Wintergrass Music Festival at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue, Washington. Tomorrow, we’re back at The Kraken.

Two gigs 3,000 miles apart. The Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency differs significantly from our little tin-roofed roadhouse on a rural North Carolina highway, but the magic is the same. It expands to fill whatever space we’re in, including your four-chambered heart.

We don’t have to go through security to play The Kraken. And you don’t need a festival wristband to get backstage. Just bring that heart. Tip the band. Sing along.

Your fan,


JByrd

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Every Wednesday night!

The Kraken
Chapel Hill, NC

Mar 14 Thu
Muddy Creek Cafe And Music Hall
Bethania, NC, United States

Mar 15 Fri
The Cary Theater
Cary, NC

Mar 28 Thu
Red Dragon Listening Room
Baton Rouge, LA

Mar 29 Fri
Fort Worth Live
Fort Worth, TX

Mar 30 Sat
Fayetteville Public Library
Fayetteville, AR

Apr 2 Tues
The 5 Spot
Nashville TN

Apr 4 Thu
Museum of Commerce
Pensacola, FL

Apr 5 Fri
McGonigels’ Mucky Duck
Houston, TX

Apr 6 Sat
Sycamore Creek Concerts
Dripping Springs, TX

Apr 11 Thurs
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

Apr 25 Thurs
The Aquarium
Fargo, ND

Apr 26 Fri
West End Cultural Centre
Winnipeg, MB

Apr 27 Sat
The Warming House
Minneapolis, MN

May 9 Thurs
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

May 11 Sat
Tobias Music
Downers Grove, IL

May 16 Thu
Caffe Lena
Saratoga Springs, NY

May 19 Sun
Askew Prov
Providence, RI

May 21 Tues
Rockwood Music Hall
New York, NY

May 23 Thurs
Cafe Nine
New Haven, CT

May 24 Fri
Morristown Unitarian Fellowship
Morristown, NJ

May 26 Sun
Island Pride
Gaithersburg, MD

Jun 13 Thurs
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

June 29 Sat
Songs From the Wood
Deep Gap, NC

Jul 11 Thurs
The Park Center
Hayward, WI

July 12 Fri
Rhythm of the River Music Festival
Jackson, MN

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How to Write a Ballad

I’m leading a workshop this morning at Wintergrass in Bellevue Washington. “How to Write a Ballad.” We’ll explore the ones I’ve written and, if y’all ask really good questions, I’ll learn something too.

Modern usage of the word ‘ballad’ is non-specific, and sometimes means mellow love songs. But ballads used to be a specific form: a narrative poem or song in simple verse. No chorus. No bridge.

Ballads fell out of favor in the 20th century except mostly as a device to write a song that sounded older than it was. Early Country Music, Old-Time, and Bluegrass writers used the ballad form to write songs that had an old-fashioned sound and still made publishing income for the original work.

A ballad is built on a strong melody, because that’s all you’ve got. It’s really hard to find a popular contemporary example of a ballad, but if we go back fifty years, they were still selling millions of records.

Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot

Ode to Billy Joe - Bobby Gentry

Girl From the North Country - Bob Dylan

A Case of You - Joni Mitchell

I’ve written a bunch. I find the ballad form fascinating and demanding. How can you hold a listeners attention in the age of information with such a simple form?

Let’s talk about that. How about today in the Maple Room, 2rd Floor Olympic Tower, Hyatt Regency Bellevue?

Here‘s a Spotify playlist, a handful of ballads I’ve written and/or recorded that you can listen to if you’re unfamiliar with my work. They are each more or less ballad-ish. In what ways do they break form? In what ways do they honor the form? You don’t have to come to the workshop- leave a comment or ask a question. Your fan, JByrd

 

I Was an Oak Tree

Wild Ponies

Lakota Sioux

Coyote

On the Edge

Diana Jones


https://open.spotify.com/user/jonathanbyrd/playlist/093uyq3FYXZQz2TOwht2eN?si=4ktg_B3nRW6g9l6ldcjUcA

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Makin' It Happen

“Do you dream? Do your dreams come true? What do you see? What do you do to make it happen?”

That’s a lyric by Matt Fockler, and we love it so much it’s on the back of our T-shirt. You can get one here, mens and ladies sizes: http://www.jonathanbyrd.com/the-store/t-shirts

The crazy thing is, Matt Fockler, secret songwriter, notorious avoider of all fame, has started his own YouTube channel. There’s only one video right now, and it’s a doozy. Watch it and subscribe to Matt’s channel.

Can I tell y’all how awesome you are? Do you mind if I call you y’all? It’s my preferred non-binary pronoun. People who aren’t from the South think it’s plural, but it can be either. In a formal situation, the plural is “all y’all.”

Three weeks ago, I told y’all about a boarding school called the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf, and how the children lacked toys, games, puzzles, and books to engage with after school hours in their common area. You responded! Friday the 8th of February, we met with Dr. Michele Handley, the school’s director, who was delighted to help us unload a Tacoma-load of great stuff. Another fan, April Thompson, saw my post, organized her own campaign, and delivered another carload of things on Valentine’s Day. Sandy Green at Guitarists for Good handled donations of musical instruments. Someone in Winston-Salem has offered a piano and we’re working on approval for that.

Y’all have helped me change the lives of these children and I can’t thank you enough. I like selling records and tickets. I love putting on a show. Helping other people brings meaning to all of it.

When I began my campaign for donations, they had no arts program. I dreamed of funding a small arts program at the school, but I kept it quiet until I could meet with the director. When I shared my dream with Dr. Handley, she told me they had just hired an art teacher! Maybe you’ve heard about public school teachers buying supplies with their own money? Yeah, that’s a real thing.

So I brought home a very conservative requisition list from the school to start an arts program from scratch. My hometown audience at The Kraken has helped me raised some of the money, and I’m considering how to raise the rest.

However, I want to take a moment to breathe and enjoy what we’ve accomplished together. We’re playing a three hour show this Wednesday night with no special guest. We’ll broadcast it on Facebook Live, 7-10pm EST http://facebook.com/jonathanbyrdmusic

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Every Wednesday night!
The Kraken
Chapel Hill, NC

Feb 14 Thu
Muddy Creek Cafe And Music Hall
Bethania, NC

Feb 22-23 Fri & Sat
Wintergrass Music Festival
Bellevue, WA

Mar 14 Thu
Muddy Creek Cafe And Music Hall
Bethania, NC, United States

Mar 15 Fri
The Cary Theater
Cary, NC

Mar 28 Thu
Red Dragon Listening Room
Baton Rouge, LA

Mar 29 Fri
Fort Worth Live
Fort Worth, TX

Mar 30 Sat
Fayetteville Public Library
Fayetteville, AR

Apr 2 Tues
The 5 Spot
Nashville TN

Apr 4 Thu
Museum of Commerce
Pensacola, FL

Apr 5 Fri
McGonigels’ Mucky Duck
Houston, TX

Apr 6 Sat
Sycamore Creek Concerts
Dripping Springs, TX

Apr 11 Thurs
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

Apr 25 Thurs
The Aquarium
Fargo, ND

Apr 26 Fri
West End Cultural Centre
Winnipeg, MB

Apr 27 Sat
The Warming House
Minneapolis, MN

May 9 Thurs
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

May 11 Sat
Tobias Music
Downers Grove, IL

May 16 Thu
Caffe Lena
Saratoga Springs, NY

May 19 Sun
Askew Prov
Providence, RI

May 21 Tues
Rockwood Music Hall
New York, NY

May 23 Thurs
Cafe Nine
New Haven, CT

May 24 Fri
Morristown Unitarian Fellowship
Morristown, NJ

May 26 Sun
Island Pride
Gaithersburg, MD

Jun 13 Thurs
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

June 29 Sat
Songs From the Wood
Deep Gap, NC

Jul 11 Thurs
The Park Center
Hayward, WI

July 12 Fri
Rhythm of the River Music Festival
Jackson, MN

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Coordinates to Paradise

In the Cameron House on Queen Street in Toronto, there’s a sign on the wall that says, “THIS IS PARADISE.” Corin Raymond & The Sundowners have played in the front room of the Cameron House every Thursday night, 6-8pm, for fourteen years. Ten years ago- when Queen Street wasn’t so shiny and old guys held the barstools down during the day- right before the last song the bartender would shout "Last call for day prices!"

In Corin’s song ‘There Will Always Be A Small Time’ he wraps it into a line: “It’s last call for day prices. The sign says ‘THIS IS PARADISE,’ and that’s exactly where we are.”

Last January, a few weeks into our Shake Sugaree Americana residency at The Kraken, Phil White brought in a Carolina blue sign with black letters that said “THIS IS PARADISE.” It’s almost impossible to take a picture of someone on the stage without that sign being in it. Soon those words were all over the internet along with the ubiquitous pirate flags of our favorite roadhouse.

Then I brought a neighbor on stage who had written an extra verse for Chicken Wire- a song narrated by a misogynist rooster- and his verse arguably made the tale even darker. When other men started telling me that they also had written new verses for Chicken Wire, I said “we need some women to write verses.” The result was a beautiful Kitty Wells-ian epic of contention and dissension. We did the version to end all versions with about twelve people on stage at our album release show, and then retired the chicken choir at least for the time being. Someone brought in a rubber chicken for our singalongs, and it’s still hanging on the wall next to me on stage.

        Phil brought in another gift, a chair that was covered with guitar picks and references to our show. Some scalawag absconded with it. We do have photographic evidence of its existence.

        Ella Bertram brought in her first place trophy from the White Cross tractor pull and refused to take it back. “I’ve got lots of them,” she said. We bring it with us on the road. (By the way! You can listen to Ella’s music here: https://ellabertram.bandcamp.com  

        Some nights, The Kraken is so packed that the parking lot spills out and down the country roads. When the highway patrol showed up and started ticketing and towing cars, we began announcing that everyone had to be parked all the way off of the white line that ran along the side of the road. Even if your rearview mirror was sticking out over the line, you could be ticketed. I wasn’t sure how they could verify that scientifically, except perhaps with a builders tool called a plumb bob. Phil got a metal hoop, some fishing string, and a rubber kraken. Voila. The Official Kraken Plumb Bob was born. Now anyone can pit Newtonian physics against the lawman’s eyeball.

        The other problem with parking down the country roads, especially once everyone really had to park all the way off of the pavement, was getting stuck in the mud on a rainy night. People would panic when they saw a tow truck, thinking the highway patrol was at it again. After one too many times, superfan Sarah Shapiro brought in a big beautiful yellow tow strap, signed in black marker “To Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys from your fan-ily at The Kraken”. If you get stuck, there’s a country gal with a big pickup ready to solve this problem in-house. (Or a guy! I don’t want to be sexist here.)

        It’s hard to say I have a favorite, but this latest gift really got me. Maybe it’s because I love to know my place in this big universe. I love being able to drive to someone’s house in Austin Texas from my house in North Carolina without looking at a map. I love taking locals to a towering sequoia they’ve driven by for years and never noticed. I love looking up on a cold clear night at the calendar/clock/map, the Swiss army knife of the heavens.

        The gift is a bracelet made of string with a little white plastic tablet inscribed in black:

35.9241 °N

79.1760 °W

        It’s the big red X on the treasure map. If you ever want to find Paradise on a Wednesday night between 7 and 10pm EST, whip out your sextant, or type those numbers into your favorite navigation app.

        If you’re landlocked, we might bring Paradise to you some night. The coordinates will be different, but like a ghost ship on the high C, you’ll appear out of the mist in a little roadhouse outside Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Be sure you’re anchored all the way off the white line. Find your coordinates below and pass them on to the quartermaster. Your fan,

JByrd

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Every Wednesday night!
The Kraken
Chapel Hill, NC

Feb 14 Thu
Muddy Creek Cafe And Music Hall
Bethania, NC

Feb 22-23 Fri & Sat
Wintergrass Music Festival
Bellevue, WA

Mar 14 Thu
Muddy Creek Cafe And Music Hall
Bethania, NC, United States

Mar 15 Fri
The Cary Theater
Cary, NC

Mar 28 Thu
Red Dragon Listening Room
Baton Rouge, LA

Mar 29 Fri
Fort Worth Live
Fort Worth, TX

Mar 30 Sat
Fayetteville Public Library
Fayetteville, AR

Apr 2 Tues
The 5 Spot
Nashville TN

Apr 4 Thu
Museum of Commerce
Pensacola, FL

Apr 5 Fri
McGonigels’ Mucky Duck
Houston, TX

Apr 6 Sat
Sycamore Creek Concerts
Dripping Springs, TX

Apr 11 Thurs
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

Apr 25 Thurs
The Aquarium
Fargo, ND

Apr 26 Fri
West End Cultural Centre
Winnipeg, MB

Apr 27 Sat
The Warming House
Minneapolis, MN

May 9 Thurs
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

May 11 Sat
Tobias Music
Downers Grove, IL

May 16 Thu
Caffe Lena
Saratoga Springs, NY

May 19 Sun
Askew Prov
Providence, RI

May 21 Tues
Rockwood Music Hall
New York, NY

May 23 Thurs
Cafe Nine
New Haven, CT

May 24 Fri
Morristown Unitarian Fellowship
Morristown, NJ

May 26 Sun
Island Pride
Gaithersburg, MD

Jun 13 Thurs
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

June 29 Sat
Songs From the Wood
Deep Gap, NC

Jul 11 Thurs
The Park Center
Hayward, WI

July 12 Fri
Rhythm of the River Music Festival
Jackson, MN

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