Jonathan Byrd in Somerville Tonight!


I know it’s short notice, but I only found out about it yesterday myself. Greg Klyma and Anthony DaCosta will be there too, and the show starts at 8 tonight (Friday September 11) at the Unity of God Church near Davis Square in Somerville, Mass. Directions to the church are here, full details here. Tell them Harry sent you.

For those of you who don’t know Jonathan Byrd, he’s tough to pin down in a few sentences. His first band was a heavy rock outfit he described as “Bad Brains meets King Crimson,” but he’s covered a lot of ground since then, through old-time and folk and country and Americana. The new CD, titled The Law and The Lonesome, comes out on the other side of genre – Byrd has found his voice with this one, and all he needs now is to find an audience as big as his talent.

Byrd himself wrote the perfect blurb for The Law and the Lonesome: “the ghost of Townes Van Zandt meets Hank Williams on the high plains.” I’ll be damned if I’ll try to top that. You’ll just have to listen.

Here’s a video of Wild Ponies, direct from Byrd’s YouTube channel, where you’ll find a bunch more. There’s a different version of this available as a free download on Byrd’s website, too along with more free music, a tour schedule, and much more. Please enjoy.

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