Our next show will be at the Museum of Commerce located in Historic Pensacola on Thursday, December 7, 2017. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the show starts promptly at 6:00 p.m. Our featured artists are Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboy, Corin Raymond, and Rod Picott.
Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased in advance online or at the door if seats are available. Seating is first-come first-serve.
Jonathan Byrd is a preacher's son, a Gulf War veteran, and an award-winning songwriter from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He's known for literary outsider songs that have become audience favorites. The Chicago Tribune called Byrd "one of the top 50 songwriters of the past 50 years."
Byrd's partner in crime, multi-instrumentalist Johnny Waken, cut his teeth on electric guitar in Pittsburgh with rock legend Norm Nardini, opening for The Blues Brothers Band on their Red, Hot & Blue tour in 1992. On stage and after hours, he jammed with members of Bon Jovi and the legendary Steve Cropper.
Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboy are musical gunslingers with heartbreaking ballads and hell-raising sing-alongs, they entertain like few others.
Corin Raymond is a troubadour whose robust honesty appeals to older folks and children alike. Raymond’s songs have been covered by Dustin Bentall, The Good Lovelies, The Strumbellas, and The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, among many others. Raymond's latest album is the critically acclaimed, Hobo Fever Dreams (released in 2016).
Aside from the hilarious triumph of funding his previous project, Paper Nickels, with Canadian Tire money (see photo), Raymond enjoys a second career performing his non-musical, one-man shows. "Raymond has impeccable timing, and his performance is at once intimate, openhearted, and evangelical." (The Georgia Straight) "Corin Raymond is a storyteller who by the end of the night you'll have known your whole life." (The Globe and Mail).
It's been 16 years since Rod Picott laid down his work belt, picked up an acoustic guitar and put a permanent end to his gig as a sheet rock hanger. He'd been writing music in private for years, but it was 2001's Tiger Tom Dixon's Blues that officially introduced him as a performing songwriter.
Musicians like Slaid Cleaves, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Fred Eaglesmith are fans. All three have recorded Rod's songs, showing their support for a self-sufficient songwriter who plays most of his shows alone. One notable exception was a short-lived band featuring Picott, Steve Earle, Guy Clark, and Will Kimbrough.