Merlefest on the Road:
Concert & Festival Preview
Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys, Locust Honey String Band, and Mark Bumgarner
Saturday, March 4th @ 8:00 PM $20
Van Dyke Performance Space
in the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center
Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys
Jonathan Byrd is a preacher's son, a Gulf War veteran, and an award-winning songwriter from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, known for literary, outsider songs that have become campfire favorites. The Chicago Tribune called Byrd "one of the top 50 songwriters of the past 50 years."
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. At the age of 24, Waken left music to pursue primitive skills and through-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2000 with an eleven-pound pack. Returning to music years later Johnny joined theatre troupe Paperhand Puppet Intervention, contributing to scores for nine shows and winning 4 Indy Awards for best original music.
Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboy are musical gunslingers, vaudevillian hucksters, and old-fashioned tent revivalists. Between heartbreaking ballads and hell-raising sing-alongs, the Cowboys entertain and get audiences involved in the show.
Locust Honey String Band
As Locust Honey, Chloe Edmonstone and Meredith Watson bring their experience in Old-Time, Bluegrass, and Pre-War Blues to both their original material and the traditional songs and tunes of the American Southeast. With a rotating instrumentation of fiddles, open-back and resonator banjos, acoustic and resonator guitars, they set an emphasis on lively arrangements that showcase their signature vintage vocal harmonies. Joined by John Miller, (The Fox Hunt, The Hackensaw Boys,) on upright bass, they have been touring the US, UK and Ireland since 2012.
Their original song, "When The Whiskey's Gone," was featured in the 2014 film Time Out of Mind, starring Richard Gere and directed by Oren Moverman, and a second unreleased original will be included in the 2017 film The Dinner, by the same writer/director. Locust Honey's record "Never Let Me Cross Your Mind" debuted to critical acclaim in 2014 and remained in the top ten on the Folk DJ Charts for 4 months. Subsequently released in The UK and Ireland, it was chosen as one of the best country albums of 2016 by The Telegraph in London.
Singer, songwriter, and musician Mark Bumgarner's recent work is primarily as a solo artist or performing and recording with his wife, Aimee, as the duo Calico Moon. Several of his works have been recorded by nationally recognized bluegrass and acoustic music artist, including Balsam Range, Steep Canyon Rangers, and Town Mountain.