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Williamson County, TN
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
RB Morris & Jon Byrd
The Basement
Fri, Oct 13 7:00 pm


RB Morris: RB Morris is a poet and songwriter, solo performer and band leader, and a sometimes playwright and actor from Knoxville, Tennessee. He has published books of poetry including Early Fires  (Iris Press), Keeping The Bees Employed, and The Mockingbird Poems (Rich Mountain Bound), and music albums including Spies Lies and Burning Eyes, and his most recent solo project Rich Mountain Bound. He wrote and acted in The Man Who Lives Here Is Looney, a one-man play taken from the life and work of James Agee, and was instrumental in founding a park dedicated to Agee in Knoxville. Morris served as the Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at The University of Tennessee from 2004-2008, and was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame in 2009. He currently lives in Knoxville with his wife and daughter. Jon Byrd: MOJO Magazine proclaimed Byrd’s Auto Parts, Jon Byrd’s 2007 debut solo recording, “Americana the way it was and the way it should be.” MAVERICK Magazine declared Byrd’s 2011 follow-up  Down At The Well Of Wishes “spellbinding, showcasing a true genius at work.” That same year Jon was a featured vocalist on the Red Beet Records Grammy-nominated I Love: Tom T. Hall’s Songs Of Fox Hollow, alongside Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, Bobby Bare, and Tom T himself. R2 (Rock and Reel) Magazine described Jon’s next solo recording ROUTE 41 as “underpinned by sublime Country picking… Byrd’s warm, effortless vocals touch the emotional core of all he sings.” Another critic noted “traditional country performer, singer-songwriter Jon Byrd is one of the finest exponents of spit and sawdust country coming out of the East Nashville’s scene and beyond. … Hard core (and Americana) country fans need to check this guy out.”  

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