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Share the livestream!

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:

youtube.com/jonathanbyrd
facebook.com/jonathanbyrdmusic
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

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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.

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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

Sep 25 Wed (SHARE THE LIVESTREAM!)
The Kraken
Chapel Hill, NC

Sep 27 Fri
Philadelphia Folk Song Society
Philadelphia, PA

Sep 28 Sat
Aiken and Friends Fest
Branchburg Park, NJ

Oct 2 Wed (SHARE THE LIVESTREAM!)
The Kraken
Chapel Hill, NC

Oct 3 Thu
Smokey's
Burlington, NC

Oct 9 Wed (SHARE THE LIVESTREAM!)
The Kraken
Chapel Hill, NC

Oct 11 Fri
The Crimson Moon
Dahlonega, GA

Oct 12 Sat
North Georgia Folk Festival
Athens, GA

Oct 16 Wed (SHARE THE LIVESTREAM!)
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

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The GiddyUp Cowgirls

We’re in Nashville for AmericanaFest, but there’s something AMAZING happening back home tomorrow night. Rebecca Newton & The GiddyUp Cowgirls are a talented group of women who are going to sing my songs in our absence for this week’s Shake Sugaree Americana Residency.

Watch it live 7-10pm EDT Wednesday night on Youtube, Facebook, on the Periscope app @jonathanbyrdmusic, on Mixer as ShakeSugaree and on Twitch as PickupCowboys. I will also be watching and commenting live.

There’s a Jonathan Byrd tribute show and I’m not even dead! I’m not sure how I got to be the luckiest guy in North Carolina, but I’m pretty sure that I am. Here are The Blue Hallelujahs singing ‘Clean’:

Thanks to Barry Tomlinson, Ray DeNeve, and Spencer Scholes for running tech for the Shake Sugaree Americana Residency, especially in our absence!

Other artists: Alison Murry, Rebecca Newton, Nancy Middleton, Wendy Lee Shadburn, Lisa Rhodes, Violet Bell, Lyn Koonce, Leah Kaufman, Jess Klein, Gracious Me, Sallie Scharding, Eric Bannan, Wes Collins, Barry Gray, George Hindenach “as Austin McCall,” Wes Collins and Eric Bannan “as Jonathan Byrd,” Glenn Jones on bass, and Jonathan Robinson “as Johnny Waken.”

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Tell your Nashville friends to come see us this week:

Thurs Sep 12 7:35pm
Vinyl Tap
Nashville, TN
Free show! Donations are welcome

Fri Sep 13 midnight
Mercy Lounge
Nashville, TN
Have to have the conference pass for this one- https://americanamusic.org/buy-your-pass

Your fan,

JByrd

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Safe home.

Outside a hotel in Ottawa, my girlfriend once mistook Mitch Podolak for a homeless man. Little did she know, Mitch gave music and musicians a home all over Canada. 

The Pickup Cowboys and I just got back from the Bear Creek Folk Music Festival in northern Alberta, where it was 48° F and rainy all weekend. Canadian music fans wrapped themselves in slickers and blankets and huddled together in the rain to get their festival on. If you asked them why, their reasons would undoubtably include, “I grew up going to folk festivals.” Sometimes, “I grew up at THIS festival.”

When I’m on stage, I thank the people who are not on stage who made the event happen. Sometimes, it’s a single person. Sometimes, it’s hundreds of people. Thanking Mitch Podolak seems like thanking hundreds of people. 

Off the top of my head, Mitch Podolak started or helped to start the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Edmonton, Calgary, Stan Rogers, Summerfolk, and more. He started record labels, venues, and, most recently, house concert tours through the remote communities of the world’s second largest country. 

Every Canadian folk festival has things in common. Coast to coast, across four thousand miles, they have a FEEL. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that Mitch Podolak designed the Canadian folk festival, a thing that seems so ubiquitous now that it’s easy to think they were always there. 

When I say “folk festival,” unless you’re Canadian, I feel like I should explain. I saw Crash Test Dummies last week at Bear Creek. I was on the bill in Sudbury with A Tribe Called Red. I played a round at Stan Rogers with a duo who played a laptop and an oud. It’s really, actually folk music, a diversity of music that people party with and shape into playlists (once a Case Logic box full of cassettes) for those long Canadian road trips. The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald is an incredible song, but nobody plays it at a wedding. Folk music isn’t a style in Canada. It’s a connection. It’s a place- many places- where, every year, there’s a chance to heal old wounds and discover something new. 

When I fly into Canada to play music, someone working security will see my guitar and say, “Don’t forget to slack your strings! Where are you playing? My dad will be there! I’ll tell him I met you!” Sometimes they write down my name so they can listen to my music later. There’s a sense of joy and discovery that I haven’t experienced in the airport security lines of any other country. 

I think the folk festivals did that.

Mitch Podolak‘s life looks, in retrospect, like a cultural revolution. If you know Mitch, you know that was never an accident. “We are not in the music business. We are in the music community.” 

I know other fantastic people were involved, and everyone who is not on stage right now deserves recognition. However, Mitch Podolak just left the stage and DAMN. What a show. Standing O. 

Safe home, Mitch. Safe home. 

Your fan, 

JByrd

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We’re playing live and live-streaming from our favorite roadhouse, The Kraken, this Wednesday 7-10pm EDT. You can tune in at YouTube.com/jonathanbyrd , Facebook.com/jonathanbyrdmusic , on the periscope app @jonathanbyrdmusic , on Mixer as ShakeSugaree and Twitch as PickupCowboys.

Thursday and Friday, we’ll be in Front Royal VA at the Appaloosa Festival! https://appaloosafestival.com

Later this month, we’re going to AmericanaFest in Nashville TN for a whole week of elbow-rubbin’ and string-twangin’. https://americanamusic.org/about-americanafest

All tour dates currently confirmed are up at jonathanbyrd.com/schedule . Y’all come.

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Church with Beer

It’s good to be back in North Cackalack. We had a great weekend in Alberta reconnecting with fans and meeting new ones. If you’re in our area, you can see us tonight and every Wednesday 7-10pm at The Kraken.

We’re excited to play Appaloosa Musical Festival in Front Royal, VA on Labor Day weekend! September 9-14 we’ll be at AmericanaFest in Nashville rubbing all the elbows to a brilliant shine. More dates for September:

Sep 19 Thu
Muddy Creek Cafe
Winston-salem, NC

Sep 21 Sat
Music and Mingle
Laurinburg, NC

Sep 27 Fri
Philadelphia Folk Song Society
Philadelphia, PA

Sep 28 Sat
Aiken and Friends Fest
Branchburg Park, NJ

Tune in tonight! Share the links with your friends and please tip the band. Your tips not only help run the cameras, 5% goes to support arts education for the deaf in North Carolina. Your fan,

JByrd

New England asters. Cackalacky rock god.

New England asters. Cackalacky rock god.

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United We Dance

I’ve got opinions, like anybody. I’ve got anecdotal evidence to back them up. I take action with my vote and my dollar to affect changes I think will make my town, county, state, and country better places to live and work.

However, I generally don’t truck that stuff out in public anymore. I did once, and my online following increased dramatically. I thought I’d really struck gold.

I didn’t sell any more tickets. I didn’t sell any more albums. I didn’t become a better person. I just attracted a lot of people who wanted to validate their own opinions via some authority, even though my authority on anything but songwriting is probably imaginary.

Worst of all, for no good reason, I alienated some people who were friends and fans. They supported my career. They came to shows and had a good time with all those other fans who disagreed with them, and no one was the wiser. We all experienced the warmth of community and the beautiful catharsis of an artistic experience.

Sure, “Loneliness is poverty” is an opinion. “A revolution’s just a circle after all” is an opinion. If you’re pedantic enough, you could argue that I make political statements. “1984” is very political, but it’s also a perennial and masterful work of art. That’s a politic statement I can hang with (or hang for!) and a touchstone for any artistic commentary on our civilization-in-progress.

The most important thing to me is that you feel welcome at our shows. I want you to forget all the times somebody told you that you couldn’t sing or dance, or it wasn’t safe to feel things, and get you to sing, dance, and feel things. There are a couple of songs I don’t sing anymore, and if you’re a long-time fan of mine you probably know which songs I’m talking about. I’m not going to argue about it. They were well-written or at least bold artistic statements, but they were dividers. What we need, more than anything right now, is to feel connected in community and see the value in each other.

If you don’t like that, f- I mean um, let me know in the comments. ;)

Your fan,

JByrd

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The most important project on my plate right now is The Shake Sugaree Americana Residency. A couple of years ago, Johnny Waken and I were struggling. We had lost our band member and best friend to cancer. Our long-time agent retired. The entire idiom of dealing with or searching for an agent is summed up in this classic entertainment industry story:

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Two entertainers were sitting at a bar, commiserating over the state of the industry and sharing road stories, when one of them received a phone call. She excused herself for a few minutes. When she came back, she looked terrible.

“What happened?” her friend asked.

“That was my agent. He says my husband called. He’s packed up the kids and left with everything we had. I guess I knew it would happen all along, with all my late nights and long road trips. We haven’t felt connected in years.”

Her friend shook his head in disbelief. He put his drink down and looked her in the eye. “Wow,” he said. “Your agent CALLED you?”

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So Johnny and I were looking for another agent, and our last one set the bar pretty high. In the meantime, we weren’t working much. We didn’t know who we were. Was I a solo artist with a side guy? Were we a duo? Were we a trio missing our third member? When we did go out, we had the learn half of our material again.

I had thought about a residency for years, but never could figure out how to fit one around my tour schedule. That wasn’t really a problem anymore, and there happened to be a little roadhouse two miles from my house called The Kraken.

I checked the schedule, and it seemed like nothing regular happened on Wednesday nights. I drove down there. After a couple of missed connections, the owners agreed to try it. We could pass the bucket and, on a good night, we might get tipped out from the bar. Considering that it was a bar, we asked our friend Austin McCall to sit in with us on drums for a little extra oomph. I thought it would be a good way to rehearse with a PA and make a few dollars, but I had no idea what was about to happen.

The first few Wednesdays, my local fans came out and we had good attendance. I don’t know how long it took, but it didn’t take long. The bartender, James Peery, started setting up the couches and folding chairs theater-style facing the stage, to accommodate all the people who wanted to sit and take in the show. Soon other fans would show up early and help James in order to nab a good seat. The parking lot started running out of space on a regular basis and we had to announce the public policy for parking on the road so people wouldn’t get tickets. I thought for sure people would get tired of coming to a three-hour show every week, but that didn’t happen. Because there wasn’t a cover charge, people would just come in for a drink, discover us, and then come back every week thereafter.

Some months into The Shake Sugaree Americana Residency, the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources sent a film crew out to record a show. I watched them set up and thought, “We could do that every week. We could just put this on the internet.” I didn’t just want people to see the show, I wanted them to experience The Kraken. I want everyone to meet “the mayor of White Cross,” Paul Plummer, whose dad built the bar in 1973. I want you to meet Lisa Earle, our self-promoted pass-the-bucket lady who actually contacts me whenever she can’t be there to make sure someone is there to pass the bucket. I want you to meet James Peery, a talented musician in his own right, voted the best bartender in the whole county in our local entertainment paper, and a skilled auto mechanic and painter. I want to take you out to “the office,” an outdoor patio with a burn barrel where the smokers gather and tell stories, some of which are true.

It hasn’t been easy. I’ve learned enough that I could work at a camera store, on a documentary film crew, or in public broadcasting- take your pick. We’ve spent thousands of dollars (some thanks to a generous donor!). I’ve added an hour to our setup and a half hour to our teardown, meaning our three-hour gig is now a nine or ten-hour day.

But we’re getting there. How can you help? You can watch. You can spread the word. You can tip the band online. Not only do you support the band and the broadcast, a percentage of what we makes goes to The Shake Sugaree Foundation, a non-profit entity that supports arts education for special needs students at the North Carolina School for the Deaf.

So far, the tips aren’t paying for the crew it takes to run the show. That’s okay for right now, but it’s not sustainable. We need viewers more than anything. With viewership comes the opportunity for sponsorships and other ways of feeding the crew. You can watch and share here, every Wednesday night from 7-10pm Eastern time:

(We find that YouTube has the best quality audio and video of all the services, and we offer a lot of ways to stream that are still good quality)

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

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

https://www.pscp.tv/jonathanbyrdmusic/ or on the Periscope app @jonathanbyrdmusic

https://mixer.com/ShakeSugaree

https://www.twitch.tv/pickupcowboys

Thank you! We hope to see you online. please let us know how it looks, how it sounds, and in general what your streaming experience is like. Send us requests and tip us whatever you think the show is worth. Thank you for helping us create this beautiful vision. We hope The Shake Sugaree Americana Residency can give you all the beauty it has given us.

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We are also playing two of our favorite festivals ever in the coming weeks!

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

Y’all means Earthlings.

Y’all means Earthlings.

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Ostrich the Truth from Time to Time

My 9-year-old called me, breathless, from his mother’s house.

“Dad! You’ll never believe what happened! I was riding my bike down our road and came upon an ostrich! It was twice as tall as you!”

Turns out it’s an emu. It’s been loose for over a month. It’s been covered on NPR. It’s been in the New York Times. No farmers have come forward to claim it. Animal control has had the bird in sight several times but has thus far been unable to catch it. And it’s not twelve feet tall, though I imagine it seems that way when you’re nine and you’ve never seen a hundred-pound, five-foot-tall, flightless bird.

What I love about my son’s reaction is that he didn’t wonder why or how it was there. He didn’t even speculate. It was enough to be amazed. It was enough to have seen a spectacular thing, as fantastic as a unicorn to a boy in the suburbs of Orange County.

I admit I have a scientific mind. I like to know why. However, as Michael Pollan said once, “Sometimes the poets get there first.”

When people ask me what a lyric means, or why and how I wrote them, I’m most often at a loss. Is it not enough to wonder? You have such good questions- why trade them for answers?

Sometimes we need to know. Is the emu dangerous? Is it someone’s property? Those are grown-up questions, and grown-ups run the world. Grown-ups fill out the W-9s.

Don’t forget to ask the little kid questions. Can I see the emu? Does it have a mommy? And, what the heck, IT’S TWELVE FEET TALL!!!

Can I prove that? No. Sing along! “I saw an emu and it’s twelve feet tall!” It has a ring to it.

Your fan,

Jonathan Byrd

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We had a wonderful show at The Blue Note Grill in Durham this past weekend, and Robbie Dunn made a fantastic recording of the night. It’s over on our bandcamp page, along with some great shots by photographer Stan Lewis. You can download it for as little as $7, or as much as you’d like to pay for nearly two hours of a great live show. We appreciate the support and wish you could all have been there. https://jonathanbyrd.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-the-blue-note-grill

We’re playing three shows in our local area this week:

Tomorrow! July 31 Wed
The Kraken
Chapel Hill NC
livestream the show! 7-10pm Eastern:
facebook.com/jonathanbyrdmusic
youtube.com/user/jonathanbyrd/live
on Periscope @jonathanbyrdmusic

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

Aug 3 Saturday
Saturdays in Saxapahaw
Saxapahaw, NC

and a little farther afield:

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

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big men. big dreams. big t-shirts.

We’ve restocked our web store in mens Large, XL, and XXL in cardinal red and black. We also have mens sizes down to small, and ladies sizes S to XL. (FYI: the ladies’ tshirts from this company size a wee bit smaller than others.) For all the shirts, the tri-blend fabric is really wonderful in the heat. They are breathable, flexible, quick-drying, and shrink-resistant. We buy all of our t-shirts locally.

Get your hot fresh Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys t-shirts here: http://www.jonathanbyrd.com/the-store/t-shirts

The Shake Sugaree Americana Residency is getting better and better every week. You can watch the June 26 show on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_o-SwySprI&list=PLMDAtfmdXbqYYtRZuElRkKIxo8TH4bXMl

Most weeks we have a special guest, or even two as we did when we had Annie McCue and Suzie Vinnick on the same night (White Cross may never recover! Whew). Tomorrow night, it’s just us for three hours. We’re going to cover Tom Waits and Matt Fockler and dig deep in the Jonathan Byrd song catalog. If you’d like us to play your request, reply to this email or drop us a line on our Facebook page a few days in advance.

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We’re playing in the southeast this month and next, and we’re flying up to wild rose country for the Bear Creek Folk Festival and a long-awaited show at the Ironwood Stage & Grill in August. Check it:

Every Wednesday 3-HOUR CONCERT at The Kraken and livestreaming on youtube, facebook, and periscope!

July 27 Sat
Blue Note Bar and Grill
Durham, NC
w/ Rebecca Newton!

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,

photo by Kim Hawks

photo by Kim Hawks

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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

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

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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photo by Bob Denton

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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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