Jonathan Byrd is a storyteller who borders on hypnotist. He’s that compelling. And he comes by it naturally. He’s a preacher’s son, and a seventh generation Carolinian. He’s also not on Twitter because, as anyone who follows him on Facebook knows, you can’t keep this man to 140 characters. His latest solo CD is “Cackalack” and he just released a duo album with Chris Kokesh called "The Barn Birds.”
Three-part harmony is the name of the game with The Stray Birds. This Pennsylvania-based trio with classically trained chops approaches traditional mountain music with a reverent and refreshing ear. NPR Music named the band’s self-titled debut album one of the best of the year alongside Iris DeMent, Carolina Chocolate Drops and The Lumineers.
Tennessee Shines is a weekly radio show on WDVX FM hosted by Bob Deck and Paige Travis on the stage of the Knoxville Visitor Center Mondays at 7pm and broadcast live on WDVX FM and WDVX.com.