We’re at the Saxapahaw General Store, signing albums. It’s a busy week here, and you’ll have a chance to hear us wherever you are. 

Tomorrow at about 6pm, we’ll be on WCHL The Hill, playing live and sharing tracks from the record. Listen live locally at 97.9FM or anywhere at http://listen.streamon.fm/wchl

Wednesday, we’re back at The Kraken with our good friend Eliot Bronson. He’s one of our favorite artists and he’ll be one of yours. 

Thursday, we’re live on WAME 92.9fm & 550am Real Country for two hours, 4-6. Listen live here: http://lightningstream.com/player.aspx?call=WAME-AM 

Friday, were excited to return to the beautiful Reeves Theater in Elkin, NC - one of our favorite venues that we played this year.

Saturday night is the local music event of the season! Not only are we releasing the long-awaited Pickup Cowboy album at The Haw River Ballroom, we’ll be joined by four of our favorite local artists. Jess Klein, A Different Thread, Violet Bell, and Stan Lewis. It will be a three-hour celebration of our album, the scene that birthed it, and the community we’ve discovered through our weekly residency at The Kraken. We owe y’all so much gratitude, and for us, this a party to celebrate you. 


People ask, Who is the Pickup Cowboy? What is the Pickup Cowboy?  

The cowboy is an American icon. Self-destiny. Man against the wild.

Almost every man fantasizes about leaving his family and responsibilities behind and facing the world alone. The American masculine myth tells us to shut down our emotions to do what needs to be done. But that was never true of the cowboy. Cowboys had songs. Cowboys had poems. Cowboys danced and traveled. They were interested in the world. That’s why they were out there. They weren’t running from their lives. They were walking boldly into their lives.

My friend Kim Beggs lives in Whitehorse, Yukon. She said to me, “You can always tell when someone comes here and they’re running away from something. They never last.” The lesson that all wild places have to offer is: You can’t run from yourself. 

That’s why Johnny’s guitar says FEEL on the back. It’s an imperative sentence. Hey you! Feel. Now. That’s why we’re here. That’s why we’re telling these stories. So you can feel. So you can leave your cubicle behind, your job making jet engines, that workspace where you are not allowed to feel, or that time you have to be strong for your family.

You don’t have to hold back your tears and laughter at a Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys show. We’re not going to bullshit you with an American flag and a drinking anthem. I’m going to tell you all about this complicated relationship I had with my father. Which is not America and apple pie. It’s closer to Steppenwolf. And I think a real cowboy would recognize himself in Herman Hesse’s writing. In Siddhartha. The search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality.

And that’s my friend Matt Fockler who write two of the songs on this record. He’s a construction worker who drives old International Harvester trucks out in South Dakota and he writes these beautiful songs full of empathy and self-examination. He’s the Pickup Cowboy. 

If you live and authentic life, if you work hard and keep your heart open, if you’re willing to sing along and dance next to liberal and conservative, black and white, gay and straight, you’re the Pickup Cowboy. You’re our audience. You’re more than our audience. You’re our community. We’re in this together. We’re the Pickup Cowboys. 

Your fan,  




Tonight on WCHL @6pm

Tomorrow at The Kraken! 7-10pm

 Oct 25 Thurs

WAME 92.9

Statesville, NC
no tickets and no live audience - tune in at https://wameradio.com/ !

Oct 26 Fri
Reeves Theater
Elkin, NC

Oct 27 Sat
Haw River Ballroom
Saxapahaw, NC

Discount ticket here!  http://www.jonathanbyrd.com/the-store/discount-ticket

Nov 11 Sun
mActivity Coffee Shop
New Haven, CT

Nov 28 Wed
The Blue Door
Oklahoma City, OK

Nov 29 Wed
Fort Worth Live
Fort Worth, TX

Dec 1 Sat
Unitunes Coffeehouse
Houston, TX