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JUNE 30 SAT The Burl w/ Case Mahan and Dr. Paul                                                                                Lexington, KY

JUNE 29 FRI   Shakertown                                                                                                                         Pleasant Hill, KY

MAY 25 FRI  Shakertown                                                                                                                           Pleasant Hill, KY

MAY 19 SAT  Lower Town Arts and Music Festival                                                                                     Paducah, KY

NOV 15 WED Green Lantern w/ Hans Chew / Beat Awfuls                                                                  Lexington, KY

OCT 23 MON Al's Bar w/ Bill MacKay and Ryley Walker / Josh Doss                                              Lexington, KY  

OCT 21 SAT  800 Acorns w/ Erik Reece / Daniel Martin Moore                                                               London, KY

SEP 29 FRI   Harry Dean Stanton Fest  w/ John Doe                                                                                 Lexington, KY

SEP 23 SAT      Brooklyn Americana Music Festival                                                                                    Brooklyn, NY

AUG 26 SAT    Moontower Music Festival                                                                                                   Lexington, KY

JUNE 25 SUN Green Lantern w/ Altered Statesman                                                                                Lexington, KY

JUNE 24 SAT   Pilot Light w/ Altered Statesman and The Lonetones                                                     Knoxville, TN

JUNE 23 FRI    Betty's Grill w/ Altered Statesman and Crave On                                                          Lexington, KY

JUNE 21 WED  WDVX Blue Plate Special                                                                                                     Lexington, KY

MAY 28  SUN  Hometron w/ Bad History Month and Beat Awfuls                                                        Lexington, KY

APR 1 SAT        ACLU Benefit at Al's Bar                                                                                                          Lexington,KY

MAR 26 SUN   Brunch at The Burl                                                                                                                     Lexington,KY

JAN 6 FRI        Clovene w/ Rose Thomas Bannister                                                                                     Louisville, KY

JAN 5  THU     James Eads How Memorial Cinema w/ Rose Thomas Bannister                                   Lexington, KY

DEC 2  FRI       House Show w/  R B Morris                                                                                                   Lexington, KY

NOV 30 WED   Red Barn Radio                                                                                                                       Lexington, KY

OCT 8    SAT   Al's Bar Blocktoberfest                                                                                                             Lexington, KY

SEP 27   TUE    The Green Lantern w/ The Renderers                                                                                  Lexington, KY

SEP  22  THU    KY Native Cafe w/ Daniel Bachman                                                                                   Lexington, KY

SEP   11   SUN   The Green Lantern w/ M A Turner and Pigeons                                                               Lexington, KY

SEP   09   FRI     House show                                                                                                                          New London, NH

SEP   08   THU   The Plough and Stars w/ The Heavies and Badfellows                                                Cambridge, MA

AUG  25  THU   House show                                                                                                                          New London, NH

AUG  21  SUN   Troost w/Ember Schrag                                                                                                            Brooklyn, NY

AUG  20  SAT    68 Jay Street Bar w/Jan Bell                                                                                                   Brooklyn, NY

AUG  18  THU   The Schoolhouse                                                                                                                          Hillsboro, VA

AUG  13  SAT    Al's Bar RECORD RELEASE w/Idiot Glee                                                                               Lexington, KY

AUG 11   THU   Zanzibar w/ Idiot Glee                                                                                                              Louisville, KY

JULY  15   FRI     WUKY Phoenix Friday                                                                                                               Lexington, KY

JUNE 26  SUN   Al's Bar w/ Hans Chew and Joshua Doss                                                                             Lexington, KY

MAY  14   SAT    Moonshiner's Ball                                                                                                                       Berea, KY

APRIL 08  FRI     KNLT Benefit w/ Daniel Martin Moore and Western Movies                                           Lexington, KY

FEB  13     SAT    Al's Bar w/ Cynthia Norton and Adam Trumbo                                                                 Lexington, KY

JAN  23   SAT   Modern Cult Records w/ Ninnie Noises and Allana Fugate                                              Louisville, KY

NOV 21   SAT   Tim Faulkner Gallery, Good Folk Fest                                                                                     Louisville, KY

OCT  22  THU   Soulful Space w/ Maiden Radio                                                                                                Lexington, KY

AUG 03  MON Well Crafted Fest                                                                                                                        Shaker Hill, KY



“Warren Byrom has a fantastically expressive voice that radiates with a deep sense of hope and to some extent even a sense of innocence. Not the kind of hope and innocence that boarders on ignorance, but the kind that comes from having what one might call an “open soul.” You can’t help but connect with Warren and what he’s singing about.”
-Common Folk Music
“Kentucky boy whose idiosyncratic country-folk is earthy without necessarily feeling like Americana. Reminds me a bit of Silver Jews (albeit with more attention to melody and, like, playing the right notes) or certain moments in Neil Young’s career. Mostly acoustic, with nice arrangements of strings, pedal steel, keys, and trumpet (played by Warren himself). A rocker here, a mambo there. Like Jason Zavala’s new disc, the album credits are like a dream rolodex of Lexington jammers— Chris Sullivan, James Friley, Robbie Cosenza, etc. etc. Terrific lyrics that really evoke the South, often central Kentucky (love referring to Cinci as “Chinchbugnasti town”).”
-Trevor Tremaine, WRFL radio

Advance praise for "Heavy Makes You Happy"

“Truly, every song on here is a winner in my opinion, and I’m pretty tough on songwriters. So many cliches out there, so many reaching for profundity and landing someplace silly… Get Real is a fantastic song: moving-but-not-manipulative, vivid...just a stunning tune. I’m only good for superlatives here, obviously, but that’s just how good it is.”
-James Toth (Wooden Wand)

Praise for "The Fabled Canelands"

“The Fabled Canelands is the debut album from Warren Byrom and The Fabled Canelands, and it is a spectacular debut
at that.”
- Common Folk Music
“There is a grand tradition within roots music to evoke what Greil Marcus has termed “the old, weird America,” a sort of mythical, strange underworld of the pre-modern American republic, a place where the boundaries separating blues, country, folk and mountain music do not yet seem to have taken hold. Musically, think Harry Smith’s folkways recordings of the 1920s, Woody Guthrie, Mississippi John Hurt, the Carter Family, John Hartford’s Aereoplane years, The Basement Tapes, Nebraska, and just about anything by Gillian Welch, Uncle Tupelo or Dexter Romweber.

Marcus used the term to describe how roots music connected modern America with its freakish past at risk of complete erasure: Pre-depression era Chicago confidence men like Yellow Kid Wiel selling fake stock options, nineteenth century medicine men traveling the deep south hawking healing tonics, turn of the century Shakespearean acting troupes floating down the Ohio, early republic religious revivalists setting up tents by the tens of thousands in the wilderness of Cane Ridge, KY, for weeks of Jesus, booze and massive orgies. Think of it as our national id, part fantasy and part historical record, old maps reminding new worlds.

Beginning with the album cover—a Gina Phillips tapestry depicting a pre-colonial Englishman in the opening act of clubbing an Indian—Warren Byrom’s debut solo record The Fabled Canelands is firmly situated within that old, weird America. The songs span a geographic and musical terrain bordered by the Appalachian mountains, the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, and the Louisiana Gulf coast, though the heart of Byrom’s old America seems to be set nearby the inner Kentucky bluegrass region of his home, a place once thick with stands of river cane standing over ten feet tall, now long since mostly eradicated, which European settlers encountered when first flooding into the area.

Those familiar with Byrom’s work as co-front man of do-everything band the Swells will recognize the musical (“Good Touch”) and topical (“Sidewalk Kings of New Orleans”) references to New Orleans. But on this solo album Byrom expands his reach. Straight on folk-rock songs like “The Fabled Canelands,” “Heavy Dragoons,” and “Song for Jayce,” the latter song being at home on just about any Wilco album, are best played loud and while traveling at high speeds on back country roads. Elsewhere, songs like “That First Kite” (a James Baker Hall poem), “Good Touch,” and “Sleep” (aided by James Friley’s sparse piano) veer into the sort of dark folk one might encounter on a Dexter Romweber album.

Like that most famous of roots collections, The Basement Tapes, The Fabled Canelands fits together like a tapestry. Song edges overlap and bleed, offer moments of fulfillment and emptiness, and trace out a past that continues to exist at our own margins. It’s new, it’s old, it’s ambitious, and it just so happens to be quite good.”

-Danny Mayer, North of Center