We need something from you. If helping us doesn’t bring you joy, just back out of this email now and we can pretend this never happened. I understand. I was Marie Kondo-ing before she was born. Sometimes the little virtual trash can is the only thing between you and sweet freedom. However, what we’re asking for is literally just as easy as deleting this email.

Okay. You’re still here. Thank you. I will not waste your time, and I will most certainly do all I can to bring joy to your life. In fact, I want to bring joy to thousands of lives- not only to the 20,000 plus fans like you who subscribe to our email list and follow us on social media, but to people we’ve never met.

All we want is a hundred people to share our live stream on Wednesday night, every week. We play live from 7-10pm EDT every Wednesday and stream it live to:

periscope app: @jonathanbyrdmusic
Twitch: PickupCowboys
Mixer: ShakeSugaree

It’s a great show and getting better. It’s not just a phone in the corner- we have four cameras and a great audio mix. We have special guests from North Carolina and all over the world. It’s a free 3-hour concert in your living room. If you like Live From Here, eTown, Mountain Stage, Tiny Desk Concerts, JamInTheVan, Ditty TV… that’s what we’re building and, someday, you can say you helped to build it.

If .5% of you shared the show with your friends and family, it would instantly increase our viewership by 500%. Isn’t that astounding! That’s the power of the SHARE button. It’s like the DELETE key with different letters on it, and oh what a difference those letters make.

Just tune in anytime between 7-10pm tomorrow night and hit SHARE on any of those channels. If you are a super organized person, put a reminder on your weekly calendar to share our live stream every Wednesday night. Wherever you are, you can watch and share on your phone in the Facebook, Youtube, Periscope, Mixer, and Twitch apps.

Leave a comment and let us know what you think. Send me a private email and tell me how to improve the show. Request a song for next week. Get as involved as you want to be, or just hit SHARE and go put your kids to bed. We are doing this for you, for you, all for you because I’m…

Your fan,

Jonathan Byrd


I took a North Carolina flag to Nashville last week. Come Hear NC, The NC Dept of Natural and Cultural Resources, and many North Carolina acts were there at AmericanaFest.

The North Carolina music scene in the 90s- Whiskeytown, 6 String Drag, Two Dollar Pistols- was foundational to what is called Americana today. Last week, North Carolina was represented by an enormous range of artists- Rhiannon Giddens (the keynote speaker!), Chris Stamey, American Aquarium, Sarah Shook, Mitch Easter, Don Dixon, Chatham County Line, Malcolm Holcombe, Jim Lauderdale, Rising Appalachia, Emily Scott Robinson, Sarah Siskind, and Travers Brothership. Did I miss anybody?

So I took the flag. When I saw Steve Poltz in a hotel hallway on Wednesday, as if he was some kind of Music City oracle, he shouted, “You’re the king of North Carolina!” I thought, That’s why I brought the flag.

It was fun and invigorating to see and hear all my homies from North Cack on stage in Nashville showing ‘em how we do it back home. It was an incredible honor to follow Sarah Shook and American Aquarium at Mercy Lounge on Friday night. A manager for another high profile North Carolina act told us it was the best show he saw all week. I said, “Cool. Put us on the road with your artist.” :) Mama didn’t raise no fool. We’ll let you know how it works out.

I’m hanging the flag back up in its home at The Kraken on White Cross, North Carolina tomorrow night. We went to Nashville and did the Old North State proud. Now we’re home to make more music history.


Sep 18 Wed (tomorrow night- SHARE THE LIVESTREAM!)
The Kraken
Chapel Hill, NC

Sep 19 Thu
Muddy Creek Cafe
Winston-salem, NC

Sep 21 Sat
Music and Mingle
Laurinburg, NC

The Kraken
Chapel Hill, NC

Sep 27 Fri
Philadelphia Folk Song Society
Philadelphia, PA

Sep 28 Sat
Aiken and Friends Fest
Branchburg Park, NJ

The Kraken
Chapel Hill, NC

Oct 3 Thu
Burlington, NC

The Kraken
Chapel Hill, NC

Oct 11 Fri
The Crimson Moon
Dahlonega, GA

Oct 12 Sat
North Georgia Folk Festival
Athens, GA

The Kraken
Chapel Hill, NC

Oct 17 Thu
Brown Commons Coffeehouse Music Series Interfaith Social House
Hamilton, NY

Oct 18 Fri
Goldenlink Folksinging Society
Rochester Christian Reformed Church
Penfield, NY

Oct 19 Sat
Oswego Music Hall
Oswego, NY

Sarah Shook & The Disarmers’ arms, Mercy Lounge, Nashville TN

Sarah Shook & The Disarmers’ arms, Mercy Lounge, Nashville TN