Jonathan Byrd at Powder Horn Mountain Clubhouse

  • June 8, 2013 · 6:30 PM

A fellow music lover has offered space for members and friends of Piedmont House Concert Series to attend a show he is hosting in the Boone/Deep Gap area. I will be out of town for the weekend or would love to attend. Below are the details:

Jonathan Byrd is a North Carolina flatpicker and a Texas songwriter, a Gulf War veteran and a preacher's son, and an award-winning songwriter whose songs you've probably heard, even if you haven't heard Byrd sing them. Covered by Tim O'Brien, Steve James, Red Molly, Jack Lawrence, Melissa Greener and more, Byrd's music will seem familiar to any Americana fan.

Byrd quit the rock bands of his youth and hit the road solo in 2000, flatpicking and singing new songs in an old style. A tip from a friend led him down to the Kerrville Folk Festival, a dusty ranch where he discovered the rich Texas songwriting culture and made it his own.

 

The word began to spread in 2003, when Jonathan won the festival’s ‘New Folk’ songwriting competition, a milestone for Americana's most influential artists: Steve Earle. Lucinda Williams. Nanci Griffith. Lyle Lovett. Byrd broke the record for CD sales at the festival, and has played there nearly every year since.

 

Byrd's 2008 release, “The Law and the Lonesome” is the fruit of this interstate cross-pollination, what might have happened if Townes Van Zandt had made a record with Doc Watson. Tamara Kater of Canada’s folk mag Penguin Eggs called “The Law and the Lonesome” her “album of the decade.”

 

“Cackalack” is the newest Jonathan Byrd release, an homage to his home state. Recorded live in a day while on the road, “Cackalack” hit #1 on Roots Music Reports folk radio chart, #22 on the Americana chart, was the #91 Americana album of 2011, and made John Platt's "Best of 2011," along with strong international airplay and a dozen other "best of" lists.

 

Most recently, Jonathan won a 2011 SESAC Americana Music Award beside Bob Dylan, Seth Avett, Hayes Carll, Jim Lauderdale, and Colin Brooks from The Band of Heathens. "One of the top 50 songwriters of the past 50 years." -Chicago Tribune.

Seating starts at 6:30PM, the music starts at 7:30PM. $15.00 Donation to the artist will be collected at the door. Please RSVP to [masked] or by calling Curtis Johnson at [masked].

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  • curtis

    Thanks to all of you that attended the Jonathan Byrd house concert Saturday night. By all measures it was a success. The next one is July 20th with Al Petteway and Amy White. I hope you can attend. Email notices will go out in a few weeks.

    June 10, 2013

  • Lu-Oma

    Thank you Curtis for all of your hard work. The concert was amazing. I can't wait to check out the next one.

    June 9, 2013

  • curtis

    We are close to having a sell out for the house concert. If you are planning to attend and haven't done so, please send me an email at [masked] saying you plan to attend and that you are from meetup so I can be sure to reserve seats for you. I can also provide directions if needed. Looking forward to seeing you at the show. Curtis

    June 5, 2013

  • Stephanie Graham

    Is this in Boone?

    June 4, 2013

    • Sam

      deep gap area

      June 5, 2013

  • Sam

    for directions.
    powderhornmountain.com/phmdirectio­ns2.aspx

    tell guardhouse you are there for the concert in the clubhouse hosted by curtis johnson.

    1 · June 5, 2013

  • Sherry

    Is anyone interested in carpooling?

    May 21, 2013

    • Lu-Oma

      We can carpool. I live in the Hickory area to. :)

      June 5, 2013

  • Lu-Oma

    I'm really looking forward to the concert.

    May 23, 2013

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