Jonathan Byerley

Jonathan Byerley


Lyrically ornate folk music reminiscent of Leonard Cohen and Skip Spence, brit folk and late sixties L.A. country.


Wise beyond years, a sound ageless but timeless, young Jonathan Byerley explores the divide between the blessed and the cursed, the flesh and the spirit. Raw and stripped down, his debut album, "Hymns and Fragments", recalls the British folk of Nick Drake and John Martyn as well as the early LA country rock of Gene Clark. Byerley's voice, a weathered invitation, his words a subtle meditation, possess the lyrical intuition of a youthful Leonard Cohen.

Marquee Magazine recently granted Byerley with the Front Row Center Award for Best Singer/Songwriter 2006, and his unique live show confirms this. Jon Gray’s harmonies and virtuous trumpet playing beautifully compliment Byerley’s gentle, deep voice and brilliant guitar playing. Steadily gaining a Denver/Boulder following, he has shared the stage with Devotchka, Hot Iqs, Eric Bachmann (Archers of Loaf, Crooked Fingers), Richard Buckner, Nick Urata (Devotchka), Maritime, The Bound Stems, and Gus Black. Last September he performed at the South Park Music Festival and in October he toured the midwest. In past bands, he’s opened for Bright Channel, The Omens, The Planet The, and The Fall.
- Brittany Horvat

Byerley performs solo, as a duo with a trumpet player, and with a full band.
Jonathan Byerley (vocals, guitar), Jon Gray (trumpet), Jason McDaniel (bass), Zack Littlefield (drums)
Grew up in Macon, Georgia and Oxford, England, as well as Colorado Springs, CO
Influences: Alexander “Skip” Spence, Kevin Ayers, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen
Robert Thomas Brian Schwartz Bleemusic, Inc
720-220-9296 303-998-0001


Debut album: "Hymns and Fragments"

Set List

I Got Over Kerouac
The Photographs
Your New Apartment Home
Failed Season
Glass Oil Lamp
The Well
One For While We Lay
Dancing for Eels
Katherine in the Grass
Chef's Knife Blues