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On a late December Friday night, my husband, a friend, and I headed to Twigs Restaurant in Blowing Rock to have dinner.
We had no idea we were in for an especially entertaining night. We knew Twigs provided live entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays, but we didn’t think a thing about who the musicians might be until we saw a couple of familiar Catawba County faces: Greg Simmons and Jonathan Birchfield.
He called it coming full circle.
As a kid, Jonathan learned three chords from his dad, Ray Birchfield, of Conover, and then took off on his own, mastering the guitar and then hooking up with fellow young teens to form Catawba County’s own boy band, The Southern Knightz.
He was still just a kid when he discovered how much he liked performing in front of people. The first time was in the basement of the auditorium of Newton Conover Junior High School (now the location of Newton Conover City Schools’ central office and the Newton Conover Auditorium). He and his buddy Robert Kearns, who later became Cheryl Crow’s bass player, provided an impromptu concert for a small gathering in what Jonathan called “Coach (Jerry) Willard’s room.”
Then, with all the Knightz, including Greg Simmons on drums, 8th grader Jonathan performed in a talent show at Newton Conover High School. The audience was 400+ strong. Cale, popularized by Eric Clapton. Second was Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird.”
“At the end, the whole student body stood up,” Jonathan recollected, “which made me feel, ‘Man, this might be something I want to do.'”
In high school, Jonathan played with the Taylorsville based Harry Deal and the Galaxies. After graduation, he, Greg, another Knightz guy Shane Cooper (who later founded DeFeet International), and Stuart Garmon from Burke County comprised a band they named Graffiti. “We played colleges up and down the East Coast,” said Jonathan. “We were the original 80s cover band.”
At 19, Jonathan struck out on his own and headed to Nashville where he played with a number of groups and started concentrating on writing music “a Jackson Browne/James Taylor type song writing,” said Jonathan.
From Nashville, Jonathan “stayed on the road for years with a band called Public Domain,” he explained. “Key West, Hilton Head, Charleston.”
“(During that time) is when I got associated with Jimmy Buffet,” Jonathan continued. “Later on, he would use my band, Jonathan Birchfield Band, in shows in Key West and elsewhere.”
Jonathan did background vocals on three of Jimmy Buffet’s albums. “I got to know him as a person, not a celebrity,” said Jonathan. “He’s a great guy.”
Returning to Nashville for 13 years, Jonathan worked with a number of big names, including Brad Paisley and Josh Turner.
Jonathan continued writing. In 1997, he released his first album All Points in Between. “All acoustic,” Jonathan called it.
His second CD, Enjoy the Ride,” came out a decade later. Jonathan characterized it as “all electric and more rockin’.” A few years after that, he toured the Midwest and New England, “pulling a camper,” he said, “promoting Enjoy the Ride. I played solo shows and brought out the band occasionally.”
At one point in his career, Jonathan somewhat veered away from music and got into the audio production side of TV. Said Jonathan, “I got to travel the world, including Russia for the Sochi (2014) Olympics.”
His music wasn’t dead, though. “Through ESPN and the Golf Channel, I had some songs that were used on air. One in particular was ‘Shoot Out Saturday Night.’ It was inspired by Dale Jarrett and the Hickory Motor Speedway. It was used two seasons on ESPN’s Saturday night races.”
And he got to go to one of the coolest places on earth. “Through TV, I got to put my name in the hat to go to Everest to film for Discovery’s production about (mountain climber) Joby Ogwyn’s attempt to wingsuit (fly) off the summit of Everest.” Jonathan’s name was drawn and off he went.
The jump was to have taken place May 11, 2014. Tragically, an avalanche that killed 16 Sherpas “stopped everything,” said Jonathan, who described the situation as “heartbreaking circumstances to be in.”
Soon after, Jonathan moved to Charlotte where he was, as he stated, “working a lot in TV and playing music in my spare time.” Jonathan said he began to feel that “people forgot that I played music.”
Things were about to change for Jonathan, and not in exactly the way he expected. He, Greg Simmons, and Shane Cooper were playing at the Hickory Tavern one night in 2015 when Jonathan looked up, and as he explained it, “There she was.”
The “she” was Dr. Dana Chambers, Hickory family medicine specialist. A year and a half later, the musician and physician were married.
So now Jonathan’s back in Catawba County, fully committed to his music and to his community. He’s serving as a consultant for the Norman Coley Amphitheater, which will be built in Conover, and he sits on the board that oversees the Newton Conover Auditorium. “I want Hickory to be a music destination,” said Jonathan.
Currently, Jonathan’s writing music for a new album, and he’s in the planning stages of performing Aug. 18 at the Newton Conover Auditorium upstairs from the first place he played as a kid.
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