The Purple Onion is pleased to welcome Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboys with Corin Raymond,
Sunday, December 3 at 7 PM. Admission is $15 per person in advance, $18 at the door and seating will
be limited. The performance begins at 7 PM. The doors open at 5 PM. Pizza, salads and appetizers will
be available from 5 PM until 6:45 with beverages and desserts available during the show. Reservations
can be made online or by calling the restaurant at 828-749- 1179.
Jonathan has performed at The Purple Onion many times. He is, a preacher’s son, a Gulf War veteran,
and an award-winning singer-songwriter from Chapel Hill, North Carolina who is best known for his
narrative tales of love, life, and death in America. In 2003, he was among the winners of the New Folk
competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival. He set a record for CD sales at the festival that year, making
more sales than the main stage acts. His song, “The Ballad of Larry” has been listed a “Top Rated
Song” by Americana-UK. He primarily performs solo and accompanies himself in a variety of
traditional acoustic guitar styles. His recordings have featured a variety of instrumental ensembles and
typically include one or more instrumental tracks that feature Byrd’s skillful flatpicking technique.
Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboy, Johnny Waken (guitar, mandolin, saw) 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. They are
joined on this tour by Kyshona Armstrong on bass and Canadian folk rocker Corin Raymond, a
troubadour whose robust veracity appeals to older folks and children alike. Raymond’s songs are
covered by Dustin Bentall, The Good Lovelies, The Strumbellas, The Harpoonist and the Axe
Murderer, and a farflung community of roots musicians and enthusiasts.
“Corin Raymond is a storyteller who by the end of the night you’ll have known your whole life.”
– The Globe and Mail