Jonathan Byrd

Thursday, February 10, 2011

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Songs full of irony, hard luck, and beauty, delivered with subtlety and finesse



We love it when songcraft, chops, and stories come together so beautifully. And Jonathan's a great guy, too. Enjoy these photos from Alex Long, Rodney Bursiel, and video highlights from our Blue Rock media team.

Jonathan Byrd is best known for his narrative tales of love, life, and death in America. In 2003, he was among the winners of the New Folk competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival. He set a record for CD sales at the festival that year, making more sales than the main stage acts. His song, "The Ballad of Larry" has been listed a "Top Rated Song" by Americana-UK. He primarily performs solo and accompanies himself in a variety of traditional acoustic guitar styles. His recordings typically include one or more instrumental tracks that feature Byrd’s skillful flatpicking technique.

This is dark, funny, moody songwriting. His music is born of the road, rife with characters . . . You can feel the dust shake off the tops of old Martin guitars, fiddles, and the big dog-house bass. Overall, the feeling you get is of rummaging through the attic and rediscovering something very old and beautiful.

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