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Listen: Jonathan Byrd 'Can't Outrun The Radio'

Jonathan Byrd and his band.

North Carolina's Jonathan Byrd has been served well by his time on the road. His travels have inspired his songs – both the gritty and gentle ones – and have earned him a huge following, especially in Canada.

He's a star in Quebec and southern Ontario.

"I sell out every show. The reception is just incredible, and I'm honored to be a part of that."

Jonathan Byrd's latest recording is "You Can't Outrun The Radio."

Byrd was born in Fayetteville and spent a lot of time moving around until he came to Chapel Hill with his mom as a teenager.  

Tough times at school, a stint in the Navy, and playing in beach-based hard rock bands didn't quite get him where he wanted to go, so he started playing acoustic music with friends he met at old-time music get-togethers in the mountains of North Carolina and Virginia.

That path led to a handful of critically lauded albums and countless tours.  

Now, Jonathan Byrd is back in town to play a record release show at the Cat's Cradle Back Room tonight.

Eric Hodge hosts WUNC’s broadcast of Morning Edition, and files reports for the North Carolina news segments of the broadcast. He started at the station in 2004 doing fill-in work on weekends and All Things Considered.
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