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The Barn Birds

by Jonathan Byrd & Chris Kokesh

Intimate and poetic, passionate and playful, here are eleven masterfully written negotiations, prayers, and conversations between lovers. Fiddle, guitar, and voices in the style of old country duets.
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1. We Used to Be Birds
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2. Hazel Eyes
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3. One Night At a Time
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4. In the Light of Day
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5. Paint the Town Blue
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6. Maureen
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7. Close Enough to Touch
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8. Desert Rose
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9. It's Too Late to Call It a Night
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10. Sundays Loving You
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11. Lay Your Hands On the Highway
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Jonathan Byrd and Chris Kokesh fans will not be disappointed as the duo presents their self-titled debut album. Co-writers on the songs include Anthony Da Costa, Amy Speace, Anais Mitchell, Carey West, and Luke Dick.

Byrd and Kokesh met in 2007 at the Sisters Folk Festival in Oregon. Jonathan invited Chris to play with him during his set. The overwhelming popular reception of the duo encouraged them to team up and hit the road. After touring cross country, they returned to Oregon to make their first recording in a barn. However, recording was interrupted as the barn's resident birds sang along. “The Barn Birds" duo took their name, and did a live re-recording in Texas at Blue Rock Studio. The results, documented here, took less than 10 hours to record.

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1. We Used To Be Birds (2:59) (Jonathan Byrd) declaration to a kindred spirit; the soul of a bird – of song, sky and flight
2. Hazel Eyes (3:00) (Byrd) poetic; of who you find, what you trust, taking chances; “the story’s ours, tell me how it goes”
3. One Night At A Time (2:58) (Byrd/Anais Mitchell) flirting between smooth talking man and not-to-be-fooled woman; negotiating the for now, for always – will take time
4. In The Light Of Day (3:00) (Byrd) asking her to stay, not just in secret in the dark, with courage, open eyes, in the light
5. Paint The Town Blue (3:11) (Byrd/Chris Kokesh) a twist on the phrase; one last night out on the town, end of a romance
6. Maureen (3:10) (Byrd) prayer to the sky, spirit of a lover asking her to “come to me”; “I’m burning… you’re raining”
7. Close Enough To Touch (3:17) (Byrd/Anthony Da Costa) of wanting and desire, unrequited love - so close, so far away
8. Desert Rose (3:03) (Byrd/Kokesh) love like a desert rose; sometimes seen, sometimes hidden, forever – strong roots
9. It’s Too Late To Call It A Night (3:06) (Byrd/Amy Speace) “lost in your eyes,” hadn’t realized everyone else was gone; late night, surprise realization: “we could be falling in love?”
10. Sundays Lovin’ You (2:58) (Byrd/Luke Dick) skipping church because “the best way to spend Sunday’s loving you”
11. Lay Your Hands On The Highway (3:27) (Byrd/Carey West) late night traveler’s prayer “sending all my love” home

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Chris Stewart

Excellent!
Excellent music!
This album brings two great songwriters together for a great blend. Chris's soft and tender voice is a perfect foil to Jonathan's raspier tone. The songs and arrangements are clear and simple and allow their voices to breath. This CD has been within my reach since I bought it!
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Dave

The Barn Birds
Jonathan Byrd and Chris Koresh together bring back to me memories of great collaborations like Townes Van Zandt and Kathy Mattea ("At My Window") and the late John Stewart's work with Nanci Griffith ("Sweet Dreams Will Come") and Buffy Ford ("Dreamers on the Rise" and "Bringing Down the Moon"). When great talents come together and no one is overpowered, the end result is greater than the sum of the parts.
If you have not seen Jonathan Byrd in person, put that one at the top of a bucket list ---- you will not be disappointed.
While recently booking a ticket for David Wilcox at Billsborough, I happened upon a promo for Jonathan's appearance there. My wife and I were hooked immediately, cancelled a previous engagement, and drove three hundred miles to see him perform. The surprise treat was his fantastic band, The Pickup Cowboys. If you get his Live at Billsborough CD, you will understand why you need to see him in person. Thanks for a great night Jonathan.
I look forward to catching The Barn Birds live as soon as possible
Dave
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Dave Balmer

The Barn Birds
Humble apologies for the typo in Chris Kokesh' name. My bad!
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grh

Great album
This is a great album as Jonathan Byrd and Chris Kokesh merge together into one great voice. This album is about all the ways we connect with love written by incredible songwriters. It feels like the same type of community that was shared by musicians in the era of Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and others in a day when they were extended family.
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CHG

great music
Thanks for the great music. Happened to see Byrd at a show several years ago and have been a fan ever since. Glad to know Chris Kokesh now as well. This album is wonderful.
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