You Can't Outrun The Radio is a collections of songwriters' songs. It was born out of a chance encounter during one of Byrd's tours in 2009 when touring with Corin Raymond where he met to soul singers Alexa Dirks and Andrina Turenne. What started out as passing the guitar around late one night outside a bar eventually turned into a set of songs that range from sultry, to bittersweet, to spiritual, to humorous, to down and dirty. Most of the songs have that country/soul cross over vibe to them that hit's that captures a vibe almost lost in today's music.
I'm adding ".38 Baby," "Slip Away," the title track, and my personal favorite, "Mama's Got Wheels."
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Jonathan Byrd discusses this album and plays three tracks from it on episode 223.
More about Jonathan Byrd
Jonathan Byrd can trace his family's roots back to 1795 and he is a seventh generation North Carolinian. I like the fact that he cares about such things. He was born Fayetteville, North Carolina but traveled with his preacher father growing up. They took him from Fort Worth to West Germany and many oints in between. He learned to sing by singing gospel in his father's church. How he ended up in Carrboro is a long and twisty tale, but it involved a lot of skipping school, an early enlistment in the Navy, and a heavy metal band called Coup d’Eta. He eventually ended back in Carrboro. You can hear him tell the story of how he ended up in Carrboro on episode 164 of the show.
You Can't Outrun the Radio is Jonathan's latest effort and it's a good reflection of hos strong suit, which is to recognize and bring out the talents of other people and build a collaborative work. After meeting Alexa Dirks and Andrina Turenne, he set up a recording session in Winnipeg Canada. In addition to Alexa and Andrina, the session included top notch session musicians and veteran engineers. But they were all strangers to each other. This album is not only a testament to Byrd's singing ability and songwriting talents, but his ability to take a set of strangers, put them in a studio and make something special happen.