Singer-songwriters Jonathan Byrd and Chris Kokesh will perform folk music separately at 8 p.m. Saturday (April 10) at the Pistol River Concert Hall, 24194 Carpenterville Road, Pistol River. Tickets are $15 and available at Morys, Words and Pictures, Gold Beach Books, and at the door.
Byrd and Kokesh have been kind enough to share mp3s of their songs with Coastal Grooves listeners.
Listen to “Prairie Girl” by Jonathan Byrd
Listen to “The Law and the Lonesome” by Jonathan Byrd
Byrd desribes his music on his myspace Web site as folk/acoustic/country. According to the Pistol River Web site, folk legend Tom Paxton discovered Jonathan Byrd’s music and sent him a quick e-mail, saying, “What a treat to hear someone so deeply rooted in tradition, yet growing in his own beautiful way.”
Byrd had just released “Wildflowers” in late 2001 with simple tales of love and death that seemed to be a hundred years old or more. In 2003 Byrd released his second album, “The Waitress” and won the prestigious New Folk competition in Kerrville, TX. That year, he set CD sales records at the festival.
The press release states: As Jonathan grows into a contemporary artist of increasing influence, his traditional roots are always evident in his simple, poetic storytelling and classic flatpick guitar style. But, as quoted in a recent interview for Dirty Linen magazine, Jonathan says, “Everything I do is a departure from what I’ve done.”
Listen to “Lucy” by Chris Kokesh
Listen to “Finding the Edge” by Chris Kokesh
Kokesh is a songwriter with an eye for the hard detail, the grit and dirt of real life, according to the Pistol River Web site.
A renowned fiddler and singer, Chris has been touring festival stages with northwest folk stars Misty River for years. Back stage and back home, she has been developing her own songwriting voice and guitar chops- much to her own surprise. She didn’t even expect to be a professional musician.
Soon after moving to Portland, Chris was waiting tables and wondering what was next. In walked the founding members of Misty River and they invited her to play with them. Chris dug into roots music with a new fervor and her band members encouraged her to try her hand at songwriting.
For more information about both artists and Pistol River Concert Association visit: www.pistolriver.com, www.jonathanbyrd.com and www.chriskokesh.com.