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Last week with The Pickup Cowboys and Chris Kokesh

Y'all come. Wednesday Dec 11, 6:46pm Poplar Knight Spot Aberdeen, NC www.theroosterswife.org

Thursday Dec 12, 8pm Ashland Coffee & Tea Ashland, VA www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com

Friday Dec 13, 8pm Gypsy Sally's Washington, DC www.gypsysallys.com

Saturday Dec 14, 8pm Laurel Mountain Coffeehouse Preston Community Arts Center Kingwood, WV 304-288-7024

In January with The Pickup Cowboys:

Thursday Jan 2, 6pm RadioLive Museum of Commerce Pensacola, FL www.radiolive.org

Friday Jan 3, 8pm Hendershots Coffee Bar Athens, GA www.hendershotscoffee.com

Saturday Jan 4, 8:30pm The Crimson Moon Cafe Dahlonega, GA www.thecrimsonmoon.com

Saturday Jan 11, 7:30pm Fountain General Store Fountain, NC www.rafountain.com

Friday Jan 24, 7:30pm Grind Cafe Coffeehouse Morganton, NC www.facebook.com/grindcafe

Saturday Jan 25, high noon WDVX Blue Plate Special Knoxville Visitors Center Knoxville, TN www.wdvx.com

Saturday Jan 25, 8pm Down Home Johnson City, TN www.downhome.com

Thank you-

Your fan,

JByrd

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The Pickup CowBirds

Starting Thursday, I'm back on the road with Chris Kokesh and The Pickup Cowboys. The Pickup Cowpersons? Some of these shows will sell out, guaranteed. Buy tickets now, wherever possible.

Thursday Dec 5, 7:15pm The Melting Point Athens, GA www.meltingpointathens.com with Eliot Bronson and Justin Townes Earle

Friday Dec 6, 8pm 185 King Street Brevard, NC www.185kingst.com

Saturday Dec 7, 8pm Billsborough Live Music Hall Hillsborough, NC billsboroughmusichall.com

Sunday Dec 8, 2pm House Concert Summerfield, NC 419-889-8760 (Barn Birds duo)

Wednesday Dec 11, 6:46pm Poplar Knight Spot Aberdeen, NC www.theroosterswife.org

Thursday Dec 12, 8pm Ashland Coffee & Tea Ashland, VA www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com

Friday Dec 13, 8pm Gypsy Sally's Washington, DC www.gypsysallys.com

Saturday Dec 14, 8pm Laurel Mountain Coffeehouse Preston Community Arts Center Kingwood, WV 304-288-7024

In January, Omar Ruiz-Lopez will be back in the saddle with The Pickup Cowboys, nearly doubling the amount of hair and surnames on stage.

Thursday Jan 2, 6pm RadioLive Museum of Commerce Pensacola, FL www.radiolive.org

Friday Jan 3, 8pm Hendershots Coffee Bar Athens, GA www.hendershotscoffee.com

Saturday Jan 4, 8:30pm The Crimson Moon Cafe Dahlonega, GA www.thecrimsonmoon.com

Saturday Jan 11, 7:30pm Fountain General Store Fountain, NC www.rafountain.com

Friday Jan 24, 7:30pm Grind Cafe Coffeehouse Morganton, NC www.facebook.com/grindcafe

Saturday Jan 25, high noon WDVX Blue Plate Special Knoxville Visitors Center Knoxville, TN www.wdvx.com

Saturday Jan 25, 8pm Down Home Johnson City, TN www.downhome.com

Like. Share. Come.

Your fan,

JByrd

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Natural Supernatural

Thursday evening, my 85 year old mother in law said to me over the dessert table, "I'm getting near to nothing." The ghosts of Kierkegaard and Dylan Thomas stormed in, demanded liquor, and argued about it in my brain all weekend. I heard them stumble out yesterday morning and found this note by the coffeemaker. Natural Supernatural

I'm made out of mud. I'm next to nothing. By the grace of God, I'm one in a million. I'm a natural supernatural.

This minute is mine. To the good we go. The tolling told what the old men know. I'm a natural supernatural.

Sister Rose with your rosary, there's a hole in your hosiery that belies my disbelief as to why we're here.

We can pray with poetry. We can grow our groceries. So we hoe so hopefully we yoke the years.

Well I got no good. I'm next to nothing. Ever since I stood, I'm king of the mountain. I'm a natural supernatural.

I could take credit or give it to you. I'm a gandy gambler. I'm the Great I Do. I'm a natural supernatural.

See the arch in the archery. Hear the psalm in the psaltery. Help the queen off of her knees before the war.

See her infant in the infantry. All the gall for his gallantry came direct from the rectory. Unhinge the door.

I'm a sack full of holes. I'm next to nothing. I'm the master of all this mash and mutton. I'm a natural supernatural.

The life I live forbears forever. All the days I'm dead lie next to never. I'm a natural supernatural.

At the top of the pyramid, all the kings and philosophers hid. From the all-needing eye of the id, they tumbled down.

From the castle to the coast, despite heights that builders boast, the lowest stone must hold the most under the ground.

I'm made out of mud. I'm next to nothing. By the grace of God, I'm one in a million. I'm a natural supernatural.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving. I'm avoiding the internet lately, but I'd like to take a moment to tell you where I've been. What I've seen this past week has made me more thankful than ever. Last Monday, I filled my backpack with my worst clothes- jeans with holes in the knees that I'd saved for painting, oversized flannelshirts and hoodies, generic white socks- and a pair of hiking boots. I had let my face grow long for a week. Somewhere between home and Charlotte, I bought a camouflage ballcap at a truckstop.

I reserved a room at the cheapest motel I could find, tucked along I-85 between two fast food joints and a row of brick apartments uniform as Army base housing. The exterior of the motel was painted fresh yellow and orange with white faux half-timbers. The marquee read "Under New Management."

For less than most of us spent on groceries yesterday, I got four nights with two beds, two mismatched chairs, a floorlamp with no bulb, a desk with chipboard guts leaking through its formica skin, and a singleserve coffeemaker on the bathroom sink. Let's not talk about the carpet. I set up a laptop, an electric typewriter, and a ream of paper on the desk. On my way upstairs and down the hall, carrying the last load to my room, I passed a maid's cart and nicked a few more bags of coffee. I did that at least once a day all week. I was there to work on a novel. I was there to look up at the glass bottom.

Every day, I put on thick frowzy layers of my oversize beater duds, drove downtown, and parked on North Tryon just inside the Brookshire Freeway. Skyscrapers frame the sky on the highest hill of the second largest banking center in the United States. I mapped out the downtown (called "uptown" in Charlotte). In the middle of the day, most of the people I saw on the northeast side were living on the street. You might miss them if you weren't looking for them. They didn't ask for money. They didn't sprawl out or sleep on benches.

I wandered around to businesses. The staff almost removed me from a museum. I asked them where the coffeehouse was and they became too confused to evict me. The only people who didn't think I was homeless were the homeless.

I walked up to a coffee counter, where the girl on staff quickly walked away from me and looked over at her male counterpart. I ordered a four-dollar cup of coffee, pulled a hundred dollars from my pocket, and fumbled for a fiver for my own entertainment. I'm not judging anybody. I knew exactly what these people were feeling and thinking. I have felt it and thunk it. I was examining my own head as much as anything.

The libraries were amazing. Charlotte's children's library, ImaginOn, is brilliant in its architecture, vision, and staffing. It was also the first place I was treated like a person. I asked about programs for homeless children and was cheerfully sent upstairs to the offices.

Later, I found the main library. Street people were in there by the hundreds. They were reading the paper. Using the internet. Looking for jobs. Reading for love. Quiet as mice. Shaving and washing up in the bathroom and leaving it spotless. When I asked for help, the staff was so courteous, I forgot I was in disguise until one lady politely tried to figure out what my situation was so that she could help me find whatever services I might need. I did notice a police presence. I was thankful that the city would spend the money on a few officers to keep this sanctuary for their most vulnerable population. The main library, from what I saw, is one of the best tools in the homeless's fight against homelessness.

I talked to guys on the street. They didn't want to talk about it. They didn't like it when I didn't give them money and they didn't like it when I did. They knew I was bullshit. I kept bugging them. They loosened up.

One gave me his resume, two pages long. 16 years experience industrial technician. Marine Corps veteran. About a third of the people I met had Associates or Bachelors Degrees. I met one with a PhD. They showed me their hands, scarred a few blocks away in a salvage yard, digging through rubble and beating the mortar off of old bricks to reuse them. The job paid forty dollars a pallet. They told me it took a day or two to fill a pallet. They smiled at me and said, in unison, "Slave labor."

I asked them why they didn't ask people on the street for money. They rolled their eyes. "You get in trouble. They got undercover cops down here."

I asked them what they did the week before when it was twenty degrees out. "Same thing I do every night." "I don't like the shelter. I won't go in there." "I did some time. Some guys out here just got out of jail. They wouldn't set foot in the Men's Shelter if it was twenty below zero."

They all talked about God. "Lord willing." "The good Lord has helped me a lot." "I'd be lost without God's help."

I ate lunch at the Urban Ministries Center. That's where I found the women and children. Babies in strollers. Wigs and painted fingernails. Pantsuits and jewelry. As much dignity as they could afford.

"Sunday morning, twenty-eight degrees!" one man said. He whistled at the dire forecast. "I'm looking for a job. I can't do no heavy work. I'm sixty years old. Be in the bed with a sore back and can't get to work and then I'd lose that one."

"I spent $400 dollars getting my CDL," he said. "I'm fixing to retire. Wait a minute." He dug in his wallet. He held the card up and smiled with his whole face. Commercial Driver's License" it said in gold lettering across the top.

A lady inside the soup kitchen sang into a karaoke machine, "…and I think to myself- what a wonderful world…"

The soup was surprisingly good. I put my sandwiches and a bag of chips in my hoodie pocket and thanked the staff.

I left and walked downtown. Along the way, a large young man stood smoking. "You interested in making a hundred dollars today?" he asked. I wasn't.

Back downtown, I saw a man I'd already met. An older woman sat on the bench in front of him, wrapped in a light blanket, her face contorted with sickness or grief or both. The man smiled at me and said, "I'll see you this afternoon."

I got around the corner and remembered I had the sandwiches and the chips in my hoodie pocket. I went back to give it to him. As I walked back toward them, I saw him digging in his backpack. He took out a small orange sleeping bag, unzipped it, whipped it in the air to fluff it out, and spread it over the woman like a blanket. He sat down on the bench and hugged her. I walked up and handed him the sandwich and chips. He smiled at me again, but with reservation. Tired of taking things and living without walls.

Over the week, my motel room became a glittering palace. I practiced yoga on the carpet without reservation. I took a hot bath in the gritty tub and blew bubbles of thanks.

Yesterday, at home with family, I paid two hundred dollars for three bags of the finest groceries in the kingdom. I sat in a warm house and watched the snow fall on the pond. I wondered where my new friends were sleeping.

One of them just texted me to wish me a Happy Thanksgiving. Thought I'd pass it along.

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Texas and some ear candy

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Why We Should Keep Columbus Day

We're driving into Washington DC today to record for SiriusXM. It's a federal holiday, not that it matters. The US government has been shut down for two weeks. Traffic should be light. You'll read and hear a lot of things like this today: Christopher Columbus was a genocidal rapist and slave trader, the godfather of the American Holocaust. It's true. That's why we should keep Columbus Day.

Columbus Day is a warning for present and future America. There are new explorers. Like Columbus, they have access to the world's deepest pockets. Like Columbus, they seek unguarded access to our country's resources and labor force. Like Columbus, they will force your children into sexual slavery and feed you to their dogs if they can get away with.

They're not from somewhere else this time. This scary phone call is coming from inside your house. They cripple our schools and blame the teachers. They imprison petty criminals while sacking the nation's economy. They cry out for tough immigration laws so they can intimidate their illegal workforce.

They pit our government against itself and us against our government. They are not on a side. They use whoever is foolish enough to help them. Like Columbus, they claim religion to gain support. Like Columbus, they don't believe in God. They believe they are God.

No one can destroy America from the outside. We have the largest economy on the planet. The strongest military. The most energy. The only thing that's wrong with America is we're never satisfied.

The new Columbus exploits this weak spot to destroy America from the inside, the way it was destroyed five hundred years ago, with greed. We believe we deserve all we have, and the more we have, the more we believe we deserve. These serpents simply whisper what we already believe into our ears, "Take it. You worked hard for it. You shouldn't have to share. God is on your side."

This Columbus Day, let's take a day to understand that people really do exist who will lie, intimidate, and hack millions of us to pieces to get what they want. Public land. Oil. Ownership of the food supply. They are not fictional. They are in fact already well known. They and their benefactors will rewrite history to cover their crimes. The only thing we can know for sure about history is that we repeat it, especially when we don't learn from it.

It's Columbus Day. Stand together America. Never forget.

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Worcester Syracuse and a new live record

We're driving to Syracuse, by way of Worcester. Autumn is blazing in New England, all ham and butternut squash soup and woodsmoke. Red Sox fans are again hopeful yet unwilling to engage in positive speculation. Right now, I'm in the passenger seat, tapping on the broken and slightly hazardous screen of my smartphone (oxymoron alert) to tell you three things. 1) download this live recording of The Barn Birds from our performance on WFMT in Chicago last month. http://jonathanbyrd.bandcamp.com/album/live-on-wfmts-folkstage

2) tune in to WCUW in Worcester MA at 10:30am today to hear us chat with Troy Tyree.

3) come to a show and bring 80 of your closest friends:

Friday, October 4, 8pm Folkus Project May Memorial UU Society 3800 East Genesee Street Syracuse, NY booking@folkus.org www.folkus.org

Saturday, October 5, 8pm House Concert Hamilton, NY jbary@colgate.edu

Sunday, October 6, 6pm House Concert Rochester, NY 585-342-3995 ricmon31@aol.com

Tuesday, October 8, 7pm House Concert Assonet, MA 508-644-2331 gary.martin@umassd.edu

Wednesday, October 9, 7pm The Burren 247 Elm Street Somerville, MA 02144 tombianchi@gmail.com www.burren.com

Thursday, October 10, 8pm B Side Ballroom 1 Clinton Plaza Drive Oneonta, NY www.bsideballroom.com

Friday, October 11, 8pm Steel City Coffeehouse 203 Bridge Street Phoenixville, PA 19460 610-933-4043 fys26weng@aol.com www.steelcitycoffeehouse.com

Saturday, October 12, 8pm Moore Music (In the House) Derwood, MD 301-309-0983 scott@mooremusic.org www.mooremusic.org

Sunday, October 13, 3pm Village Concerts Palmyra, VA 434-960-8895 pk24paws@comcast.net

Friday, October 18, 8pm Columbus Performing Arts Center (Shedd Theater) 549 Franklin Ave Columbus, OH 866-890-5451 info@sixstring.org www.sixstring.org

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The Affordable Music Act

Must be a slow news day. Everybody is talking about a US government shutdown. I wasn't aware they were up and running. The Barn Birds present the Affordable Music Act, starting Thursday in Massachusetts. We believe every American should have access to great music at a reasonable price. If you don't come to a show, you pay the penalty of being bummed out while your friends talk about how great it was.

Thursday, October 3, 7:30pm The Hezekiah Stone Coffeehouse Christ Episcopal Church 1089 Stafford Street, Leicester, MA tmason@timothydmason.com www.hezstone.com

Friday, October 4, 8pm Folkus Project May Memorial UU Society 3800 East Genesee Street Syracuse, NY booking@folkus.org www.folkus.org

Saturday, October 5, 8pm House Concert Hamilton, NY jbary@colgate.edu

Sunday, October 6, 6pm House Concert Rochester, NY 585-342-3995 ricmon31@aol.com

Tuesday, October 8, 7pm House Concert Assonet, MA 508-644-2331 gary.martin@umassd.edu

Wednesday, October 9, 7pm The Burren 247 Elm Street Somerville, MA 02144 tombianchi@gmail.com www.burren.com

Thursday, October 10, 8pm B Side Ballroom 1 Clinton Plaza Drive Oneonta, NY www.bsideballroom.com

Friday, October 11, 8pm Steel City Coffeehouse 203 Bridge Street Phoenixville, PA 19460 610-933-4043 fys26weng@aol.com www.steelcitycoffeehouse.com

Saturday, October 12, 8pm Moore Music (In the House) Derwood, MD 301-309-0983 scott@mooremusic.org www.mooremusic.org

Sunday, October 13, 3pm Village Concerts Palmyra, VA 434-960-8895 pk24paws@comcast.net

Friday, October 18, 8pm Columbus Performing Arts Center (Shedd Theater) 549 Franklin Ave Columbus, OH 866-890-5451 info@sixstring.org www.sixstring.org

You don't have to be a socialist to be social. Spread the Byrd! Share this blog.

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The Pickup Cowboys

Do you think The Pickup Cowboys are distinguished looking gentlemen? You ought to hear them. Friday, September 20 UU Coffeehouse Columbia, SC www.uucoffeehouse.org

Saturday, September 21 Casbah Durham, NC www.casbahdurham.com Barhop String Quartet opens

Friday, September 27, The Crimson Moon Cafe Dahlonega, GA www.thecrimsonmoon.com

Saturday, September 28, Jammin' at Hippie Jack's Crawford, TN http://www.jamminathippiejacks.com/

Download free live shows: https://jonathanbyrd.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-billsborough

https://jonathanbyrd.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-the-red-wing-roots-music-festival

Tell your friends. Share. Spread the Byrd. Your fan,

JByrd

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Destinations

Seven horses swimmingAll granite head and mossy eyes Eleven bands of ripples wake Iron brown and veed like geese

They stop for a moment in slow unison The ripples gather around them in circles Stones in the gravel bed of a zen garden Stopping for a thousand years to pay their respects To their destination, as if reaching it would relieve them of the struggle that they came for. As if they have traveled this far to see God And now they are afraid.

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I'm on tour this month with my chart-topping duo The Barn Birds, by myself, and with epic chamber-twang ensemble The Pickup Cowboys.

Friday, September 13 House Concert LaGrange, IL 705-352-6463 ernsthouse@comcast.net The Barn Birds

Saturday, September 14 WFMT’s Folkstage Chicago, IL http://www.midnightspecial.org/folkstage.htm The Barn Birds

Sunday, September 15 Cafe Carpe Fort Atkinson, WI The Barn Birds

Monday, September 16 49 West Coffeehouse Annapolis, MD with my buddy David Glaser

Friday, September 20 UU Coffeehouse Columbia, SC http://www.uucoffeehouse.org/ The Pickup Cowboys

Saturday, September 21 Casbah Durham, NC The Pickup Cowboys *a very special night with Barhop String Quartet*

Thursday, September 26 Raleigh Convention Center Raleigh, NC IBMA showcase with The Pickup Cowboys

Friday, September 27 The Crimson Moon Cafe Dahlonega, GA The Pickup Cowboys

Saturday, September 28 Jammin' at Hippie Jack's Crawford, TN The Pickup Cowboys

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Trouble

Florida, the world's largest pier. Orchids and streetwalkers. Panhandlers and mansions. Cowboys and shark steaks.

In the midst of this fruit salad, there's a folk music community as strong as any in the country. There are songwriting fans here to rival Texans, and I don't say that lightly. Community-run radio stations with socialist goals and libertarian means, WMNF and WSLR completely remodeled my ticket sales this weekend. Thank you.

It's turning fall. The high was only 97 yesterday. At night it dipped into the 80s. Sitting outside in downtown Sarasota at midnight, I remembered waking up in my mother's lap in church, warm and salty, my face in a small spot of drool on her polyester dress. Today I drove out to Indian Rocks Beach and waded into the great blue womb, tiny fish darting around my legs in a crystal bathwater ocean. Looking back from the water, it all made sense.

Gun runners and green grocers. Spanish moss and Cuban bread. Mickey Mouse and the mafia.

I walked back out and put my towel to my face but it was already dry. Two hundred yards to the car and my suit was dry too. Sand so white I was blinded, now a salt rub on the dark floormat of my rental car.

Tonight's gig might have been the best of all in a carpeted, paneled living room with a cheap sound system and plastic chairs, a raised triangular plywood stage that peaked out from one wall and sounded like a kick drum under the toe of my right boot. The air conditioner couldn't keep up. My head went swimming. People gasped. They laughed. They sang and clapped. I swam aloud and gulped warm water between lungfuls of songs that I vaguely remembered were mine.

After the show, a public defender kissed me on the cheek. A woman with dementia, otherwise silent the entire night, sat up and sang an old song so beautifully I thought I was dreaming, as if the moment was so fragile that we could simply wake up from it. A retired Navy man told me he A-bombed Christmas Island in 1962 and then marched in Washington DC in 1963, holding high a picket sign and listening as Dr. King said, "I have a dream." He still has the program.

We drove out after the gig tonight to the Colonnade, a vintage Tampa restaurant with a view of the bay. I ordered tuna sashimi and a deep-fried crab cake. I was getting the hang of this milieu. Our waiter was sweetly apologetic for the items they'd run out of and apparently delighted to wait on us as we held the last table on a Sunday night. My friend asked him what his name was.

"Trouble," he said. We all laughed.

He twisted his head to the side and said, "Did I pronounce it wrong?"

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download the live radio performance from yesterday

Here's the live interview and performance from WMNF in Tampa yesterday. Now read carefully. This is "pay what you want." It's a bandcamp designation that's only semantically different from "free." Bandcamp is going to ask you how much you want to pay. Enter "0." Let the download begin.

If paying for free stuff is your spiritual yoga, then who am I to judge you? I spent a couple hours editing and uploading. Don't pay for the meal, just leave a tip. Seriously. Enjoy it and thanks for listening.

Spread the Byrd. Or, in Pirate English, "Blabber t' yer mates."

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Norwegian Woodwinds

I saw my beautiful family for about an hour. I washed my clothes and ironed a couple of shirts. Can you believe I still have to iron my own shirts? I know. Me neither. I'm driving to Florida. One of the top five interview questions of all time is: "What are you listening to?" http://editionrecords.bandcamp.com/album/birds

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Florida bound

Florida this week. I'm bringing as much cool Cascadian air as I can fit in my guitar case. I'll probably still have coffee grounds on the soles of my boots. Y'all come. Friday, September 6, 8pm Fogartyville Community Arts Center 525 Kumquat Ct Sarasota, FL 34236 www.sarasotapeacenter.org

Saturday, September 7, 8pm House Concert Seminole, FL 727-422-6583, Huegelc55@aol.com www.ourkindoffolk.com

Sunday, September 8, 5pm South Tampa Concerts Tampa, FL gsholloway@Email.com 813-837-6572

Spread the Byrd.

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We're #1! And #2. What a world.

I woke up this morning, after the first leg of The Barn Birds' CD release tour, to find we are #1 AND #2 on folk radio. TOP SONGS OF AUGUST 2013 Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists

1. "We Used To Be Birds" by Jonathan Byrd & Chris Kokesh from "The Barn Birds" 2. "One Night At A Time" by Jonathan Byrd & Chris Kokesh from "The Barn Birds"

Folk DJs are the last real DJs. They are mostly volunteers, spending hours of their week listening, planning, and hosting only because they're the biggest music fans on the planet. They listen to the whole record and play what they like. They don't play what they don't like, no matter how much money or hype is behind a record.

Thank you to our excellent radio promoter, Erik Balkey of Hudson Harding Music. Thank you to the folk DJs for getting behind The Barn Birds. Thank you to our fans for making requests and tuning in. "We're not in the music industry. We're in the music community." - Mitch Podolak

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All over the damn map

I ate lunch at a gas station yesterday. Roasted vegetables with goat cheese and shaved hazelnuts for $6, in a compostable container. There was kombucha on tap. I have to get out of Oregon before I lose my edge. No fear. I'm going to Florida after this. I have a concealed Bic and I'm not afraid to use it.

I don't get down to Florida much and I need your help to spread the word and get folks out to the shows. Here's what's happening. First, two more shows in Oregon.

Tonight, 7pm Dover House Concert Portland, OR 503-730-3189 ddover2@earthlink.net www.facebook.com/pages/Doverlaff-House-Concerts/215303358498372

Monday, Sep 2, 1-7pm Timberline Lodge Labor Day Americana Festival Government Camp, OR http://www.timberlinelodge.com/americana-music-festival/

Then Florida. (I gotta talk to my agent about routing.)

Friday, Sep 6 Fogartyville Community Arts Center Sarasota, FL

Saturday, Sep 7 House Concert Seminole, FL http://www.ourkindoffolk.com

Sunday, Sep 8 South Tampa Concerts Tampa, FL gsholloway@Email.com 813.837.6572

Then the Barn Birds are back on the road.

Friday, September 13 House Concert LaGrange, IL

Saturday, September 14 WFMT's Folkstage Chicago, IL

Sunday, September 15 Cafe Carpe Fort Atkinson, WI

And lastly, back in the south with The Pickup Cowboys:

Friday, September 20 UU Coffeehouse Columbia, SC

Saturday, September 21 Casbah Durham, NC W the Barhop String Quartet!

Friday, September 27 The Crimson Moon Cafe Dahlonega, GA

Saturday, September 28 Jammin' at Hippie Jack's Crawford, TN

Thanks for helping me spread the Byrd.

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Go Northwest, young man!

I'm touring Oregon with Chris Kokesh and our new CD "The Barn Birds" starting on Thursday. Thursday, August 29, 7:00PM The Dalles Art Center 220 E 4th St The Dalles, OR Get your tickets now. Email victor@victorjohnson.com

Friday, August 30, 8:00PM Tsunami Books 2585 Willamette St Eugene, OR Tickets available at Tsunami Books. Call 541-345-8986. www.facebook.com/pages/Tsunami-Books/136747863022307

Saturday, August 31, 8:00PM Pistol River Friendship Hall 94235 Carpenterville Rd Pistol River, OR Call Laura at 541-698-7819 or prcalaura@gmail.com. Tickets available at Wright's Custom Framing (Brookings) 541-469-7900 or Gold Beach Books (Gold Beach) 541-247-2495. www.pistolriver.com

Sunday, September 1, 7:00PM Dover House Concert Portland, OR For information, contact Dan at 503-730-3189 or ddover2@earthlink.net. www.facebook.com/pages/Doverlaff-House-Concerts/215303358498372

Monday, September 2, 1:00-7:00PM Timberline Lodge Labor Day Americana Festival Timberline Lodge 27500 W Leg Rd Government Camp, OR

For more information, call 503-272-3134 or email info@timberlinelodge.com

http://www.timberlinelodge.com/americana-music-festival/

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The Barn Birds CD has been getting good reviews!

http://www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/cd-review-the-barn-birds-the-barnbirds-waterbug-2013

http://www.cmt.com/news/country-music/1711900/vince-gill-guy-clark-contribute-summer-great-music.jhtml

Good ol' hard copies and new-fangled downloads are available online from Waterbug Records, CDBaby, iTunes, Bandcamp, Amazon, Barnes and Noble - go have fun looking for it. We need reviews on all those sites. If you like The Barn Birds, keep it simple and tell people why you enjoy the record on any and all of those web stores. Your reviews, and even just visiting the pages, helps us become visible on the internet when people are searching for cool new music.

More dates coming up for The Barn Birds:

9/13 LaGrange, IL. Ernst House Concert 9/14 Chicago, IL. WFMT’s Folkstage 9/15 Fort Atkinson, WI. Café Carpe

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Getting in touch

I'm in Ontonagon, Michigan, on the southern shore of Lake Superior. Time moves slowly here. I met a man yesterday who was upset that Simon and Garfunkel broke up. I was respectful, but I wondered silently how you can stay so out of touch. He and his wife have never attended the festival I'm playing, only ten miles away.

The main stage of the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival is at the bottom of a ski hill. After my set yesterday, I walked up the hill and turned around to survey the greatest of all lakes. If you lost your floater in the Nipigon River, it might be two hundred years before it reached Lake Huron. You could sink South Carolina in it. The stage was a pitiful postcard against that backdrop, a fleck of humanity on the beard of a great cold maw.

So maybe Simon and Garfunkel did just break up. 43 years ago. That's my age and, from the top of the ski hill, I can't even make it out.

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We need reviews!

If you're a fan of The Barn Birds, we need two things that you'll probably enjoy doing. First, our album The Barn Birds is live on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-barn-birds/id691431130

We need you to write a review of our record. Keep it simple and tell people why you love The Barn Birds. Feel free also to listen and share the iTunes link with your friends.

Second, our record is live on CDBaby. We need reviews there, too.

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jonathanbyrdandchriskoke

If you go to iTunes and you see a few good reviews, go over to CDBaby and write one. And the other way around. CDBaby is fiercely supportive of independent artists and is, in fact, the reason that our record is on iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, and most every other digital provider. CDBaby made that possible and efficient for indies.

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These are The Barn Birds dates for the rest of the year. We don't expect to add any more. See us while you can, and please SHARE.

Thursday, August 29, 2013 | The Dalles Arts Center | Dalles, OR Friday, August 30, 2013 | Tsunami Books | Eugene, OR Saturday, August 31, 2013 | Friendship Hall | Pistol River, OR Sunday, September 1, 2013 | House Concert | Portland, OR (503-730-3189, ddover2@earthlink.net, www.facebook.com/pages/Doverlaff-House-Concerts/215303358498372 Monday, September 2, 2013 | Timberline Lodge American Music Festival | Timberline Lodge, OR

Friday, September 13, 2013 | House Concert | LaGrange, IL (705-352-6463, ernsthouse@comcast.net) Saturday, September 14, 2013 | WFMT's Folkstage | Chicago, IL Sunday, September 15, 2013 | Cafe Carpe | Fort Atkinson, WI

Thursday, October 3, 2013 | The Hezekiah Stone Coffeehouse | Leicester, MA Friday, October 4, 2013 | Folkus Project | Syracuse, NY Saturday, October 5, 2013 | House Concert | Hamilton, NY (jbary@colgate.edu) Sunday, October 6, 2013 | House Concert | Rochester, NY (585-342-3995, ricmon31@aol.com) Wednesday, October 9, 2013 | The Burren | Somerville, MA Thursday, October 10, 2013 | B Side Ballroom | Oneonta, NY Friday, October 11, 2013 | Steel City Coffeehouse | Phoenixville, PA Saturday, October 12, 2013 | Moore Music (In the House) | Derwood, MD Sunday, October 13, 2013 | Village Concerts | Palmyra, VA Friday, October 18, 2013 | Columbus Performing Arts Center | Columbus, OH

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The Barn Birds are on tour and the album is out!

Howdy we're in Lexington, Kentucky for the Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, also with Melissa Ferrick, live webcast tonight at 7pm EDT. It's also broadcast on over 500 radio stations, Armed Forces radio, and on some PBS stations. Check the website for details on that. And dive into the archives! - Joe Lewis Walker, Aoife O'Donovan, The McCrary Sisters, The Deadly Gentlemen - it's an amazing resource of great American music. The Barn Birds album is out! We love the words "album" and "record." They have outlived format names like "LP" and "8-track" and "MiniDisc." It is an album of our best work, recorded for you to enjoy. We hope you love it. If you hate it, turn it up really loud and leave it playing in your house while you're at work so your neighbors can check it out. You can listen and download on bandcamp or order a CD from Waterbug Records. It will be on iTunes this week, Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, and your mama's new music website by Friday.

Back in the analog world, you can come out and actually smell us on tour at these shows:

Thursday, August 29, 2013 | The Dalles Arts Center | Dalles, OR Friday, August 30, 2013 | Tsunami Books | Eugene, OR Saturday, August 31, 2013 | Friendship Hall | Pistol River, OR Sunday, September 1, 2013 | House Concert | Portland, OR (503-730-3189, ddover2@earthlink.net, www.facebook.com/pages/Doverlaff-House-Concerts/215303358498372

Monday, September 2, 2013 | Timberline Lodge American Music Festival | Timberline Lodge, OR

Friday, September 13, 2013 | House Concert | LaGrange, IL (705-352-6463, ernsthouse@comcast.net) Saturday, September 14, 2013 | WFMT's Folkstage | Chicago, IL

Sunday, September 15, 2013 | Cafe Carpe | Fort Atkinson, WI

Thursday, October 3, 2013 | The Hezekiah Stone Coffeehouse | Leicester, MA Friday, October 4, 2013 | Folkus Project | Syracuse, NY Saturday, October 5, 2013 | House Concert | Hamilton, NY (jbary@colgate.edu) Sunday, October 6, 2013 | House Concert | Rochester, NY (585-342-3995, ricmon31@aol.com) Wednesday, October 9, 2013 | The Burren | Somerville, MA Thursday, October 10, 2013 | B Side Ballroom | Oneonta, NY Friday, October 11, 2013 | Steel City Coffeehouse | Phoenixville, PA Saturday, October 12, 2013 | Moore Music (In the House) | Derwood, MD Sunday, October 13, 2013 | Village Concerts | Palmyra, VA Friday, October 18, 2013 | Columbus Performing Arts Center | Columbus, OH

Stay tuned to facebook.com/jonathanbyrdmusic, this website, @jonathanbyrd on twitter, and also facebook.com/chris.kokesh.music. Most importantly, tell your friends how much you like our music. Bring a group to a show. Bring a date; these are love songs.

Share everything you can and help us launch The Barn Birds into flight!

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