Singer-songwriters team up for show on Aug. 31

By Triplicate Staff August 23, 2013 09:38 am

Jonathan Byrd and Chris Kokesh will perform as the Barn Birds on Aug. 31 in the Pistol River Friendship Hall.
Jonathan Byrd and Chris Kokesh will perform as the Barn Birds on Aug. 31 in the Pistol River Friendship Hall. Photo courtesy of Lisa Shively
The Pistol River Concert Association will present the Barn Birds at 8 p.m. Aug. 31 in the Pistol River Friendship Hall.

Jonathan Byrd of North Carolina is known for his songwriting and charismatic stage presence; he is touring with Chris Kokesh, songwriter and fiddle player for the Oregon-based Americana band Misty River.

Tickets cost $15 each and are available at Wright’s Custom Framing in Brookings, Gold Beach Books and the door. A $5 student discount or refund is also available at the door. For ticket reservations or more information, call (541) 247-2848 or visit www.pistolriver.com.

The two met as teachers at a song academy in Oregon. Enamored with Chris’ fiddle playing and singing, Jonathan invited her to play with him that weekend at the Sisters Folk Festival. They played two encores, and the festival audience voted them the encore performer to return the following year.

The duo toured the Pacific Northwest and Midwest, and came back to Oregon to make their first recordings in a barn in Sisters, Ore. They had to stop recording when the birds in the walls erupted in song. The “Barn Birds” were born.

The self-titled album was re-recorded at Blue Rock Studio in Wimberly, Texas. Recorded live and in fewer than 10 hours, the music was captured by engineer Keith Gary, and then later mixed by John Keane and mastered by Brent Lambert. The album has just been released on Waterbug Records.

The Boston Globe wrote this about Byrd: “This rootsy North Carolinian may be the most buzzed-about new songwriter in folkdom. He displays John Prine’s gift for stark little songs that tell big, complex stories, Guy Clark’s lean melodicism, Lyle Lovett’s wry mischief, and Bill Morrissey’s knack for the revealing image.”

And Eugene Weekly wrote this about Kohesh: “(Her) songs of lost love, regret, community, and brave persistence would float effortlessly into the place where longing, love and nostalgia meet.”