Artist Profile: Jonathan Byrd at The Kraken

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A preacher’s son and Gulf War veteran born in Fayetteville, Jonathan Byrd’s family history in North Carolina stretches back seven generations. His style ranges from old time to rockabilly, and his lyrics and poems weave colorful landscapes home to working-class heroes, eccentrics, and freedom-seekers, all rooted in the spirit of his native state. Now based in Carrboro, he performs weekly at The Kraken with his band, Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys, as part of the Shake Sugaree Americana Residency. The weekly three-hour show has developed a cult following, drawing huge crowds to the tiny, tin-roof roadhouse off Highway 54.

Project role: Producer/Co-Videographer/Co-Editor (with Zeherfoto)

For: Come Hear North Carolina

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