A Southern gentleman meets a Canadian bard


North Carolina singer-songwriter Jonathan Byrd will offer a counterpoint to his distinctively Southern perspective in the person of Canadian bard Corin Raymond when he returns to White Horse Black Mountain on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m.

Johnny Waken, left, and Jonathan Byrd was been musical compatriots for many years.

Byrd, son of a Baptist preacher and piano-playing mother, is a songwriter whose lean, closely observed songs are legendary in folk and roots music circles, while Raymond’s robust veracity earned his latest album, "Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams," a Juno (the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy) nomination. Byrd’s set will include multi-instrumentalist Johnny Waken, a longtime sideman and onstage foil.

Byrd is fine with being labelled a folk singer, but his vision of the genre embraces Appalachian, country, old-time music and rock ’n’ roll stylings, delivered in a cowboy hat and boots rather than Birkenstocks. Although he’s Carolina to the core, the Lone Star State and its bumper crop of great songwriters has also shaped his output and sound.

Corin Raymond is a “storyteller who by the end of the evening you’ll have known your whole life,” Brad Wheeler of The Toronto Globe and Mail has said.

Raymond’s appeal cuts across generational lines, and his songs have caught the ears of many other singers who have covered his material. As an adjunct to his musical career, Raymond also performs in one-man theatrical shows ("Bookworm" and "The Great Canadian Tire Money Caper").  

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Who: Jonathan Byrd and Corin Raymond

When: 8 p.m. Dec. 2

Where: White Horse Black Mountain

Cost: $12 advance/$15 door