PRINCETON — North Carolina singer-songwriter Jonathan Byrd and his band will perform at the Princeton Coffeehouse at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Doors will open at 7 p.m.
Touring as Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboys, Byrd (guitar and vocals) will be accompanied by Johnny Waken (guitar and mandolin) and Kyshona Armstrong (bassist). Byrd draws in audiences with a wide range of songs, from heartbreaking ballads to heart-lifting sing-alongs. He has been called “a folk singer with the heart of a rock ’n’ roll band” (K. Oliver in Free Times).
Between musical tours, Byrd can frequently be heard back home in North Carolina performing old-time music at The Kraken, a Chapel Hill bar located in a 1973 roadhouse venue. He also hosts a weekly residency series there, inviting performers from around the country to share their music.
In his songwriting, Byrd is known for literary, outsider songs that have become campfire favorites. A preacher’s son and a Gulf War veteran, he is also a poet. “You’ve Changed” is the title of his new book of poetry.
“Jonathan Byrd swings from the roots of American music. ... He jumps between gutbucket blues and tender ballads, empathetic work laments and sympathetic character studies,” wrote Grayson Currin in The Independent. “... Byrd shares the often-missed, always poignant tales of the small people that make this world such a big place.”
The Princeton Coffeehouse is located at the Open Prairie UCC Church, 25 E. Marion, in downtown Princeton. The venue is completely accessible, and there is ample free parking nearby. Fair trade coffee, tea and homemade desserts are available.
Bureau Valley Vision Care is the sponsor of the Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboys performance at this month’s coffeehouse. Admission is $15 at the door.
For a calendar of upcoming shows at the Princeton Coffeehouse, visit www.theprincetoncoffeehouse.com or call 815-878-4805.