In the spring of 2001 something remarkable happened. While recording in Tommy Byrd’s studio, Kathy Street sang a simple harmony along with Tommy’s melody. But what they heard was something unexpected. It sounded almost like three people singing! They knew they were onto something special, and decided then and there to perform together. Byrd and Street was born. Now, thousands of gigs later, a fourth CD released in 2014 (Words and Music ) is getting airplay around the globe as did their first three CD’s Stories of Life, Songs of Love; Love Broke the Fall; and Then and Now, and they’re still singing with that rare blend. Maybe it comes from the combination of Kathy’s light, almost ethereal sound, and how it meshes with Tommy’s earthy, soulful voice. Who knows. But, however it happens, it happens. And they have now been recognized by the TEXAS MUSIC AWARDS with a nomination for Duo/Group of the Year for 2014 as they were in 2012 and 2009. Kathy was also nominated for Female Vocalist for 2012 based on her performance on Then and Now. In addition Tommy was recognized by the KERRVILLE FOLK FESTIVAL in 2013, 2011 and 2009 as a NEW FOLK FINALIST in their song competition.
Byrd and Street continue to perform at venues throughout the southwest. The singer/songwriter team has appeared on radio and television shows, won numerous songwriting competitions, and were Regional Winners at the Kerrville Folk Festival in 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2012. January 8, 2003 was declared Byrd and Street Day by Austin Mayor Will Wynn. Byrd and Street were Officially Showcased at the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference in 2004. In 2005 the song Just an Old House from their CD was licensed by the Redman Foundation, a non-profit organization in Watsonville, CA. In 2007 their song My Forever Family became the official song of the Adoption Coalition of Central Texas, and is being used by other adoption agencies around the country. Austin German Shepherd Rescue licensed Let Me Be Your Friend for use in advertising and promotions in 2008 followed by numerous licenses throughout the US. . In the spring of 2011, Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul, and Mary) recorded their song, Let Me Be Your Friend (Lemmie Be Your Friend) to be used for advertising with “Pet Connect” on the east coast.. Their album, Love Broke the Fall was #13 in July ’09 on the Folk DJ Chart, made the Folk DJ Top ’09 Albums Chart, and was #21 on the Freeform American Roots Chart, all songs on the CD getting airplay. Their third CD, Then and Now released July 2011 was #27 on the Folk DJ Charts for October 2011 and was on the Texas Roots Chart. Words and Music, thier 4th CD released in 2014 has made #8 on the March Folk DJ Charts remaining on the Charts for 4 consecutive months, and was #2 on the Roots Msuci Charts. A 5th CD was released fall of 2016.
In December 2016, Byrd & Street organized and hosted their 7th annual “Mistletoe Jam,” a collaboration of some of Austin’s finest musicians performing to benefit the Heart Gallery of Central Texas, whose work is to find forever families for children in foster care. Byrd’s song, “My Forever Family” was adopted by the Heart Gallery as well as by other adoption agencies around the country.
Houston based Jordi Baizan was born into an international and musical family. With his distinctive voice and songwriting, Jordi has the ability to connect with the mind and the heart of the listener. A life of reading, global travel, and multicultural experiences enhance Jordi Baizan’s songwriting along with musical influences as varied as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco), and the folk music of the USA, Mexico, Cuba, and Spain.
Both as a solo artist and as front man and songwriter for his band, QandA, Jordi has experienced growing recognition from audiences on the radio and in some of the best listening room venues in the country. QandA released its third record on January 12, 2016. The first Jordi Baizan solo record will Be released in early 2017.
Date(s) - May 19, 2018
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thoreau Woods Coffeehouse