Just off Highway 54 lies The Kraken, a small roadhouse bar and music venue that has been bringing people together since 2009.
In January 2018 The Kraken began hosting Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboys for their “Shake Sugaree Americana Residency.” The idea for the residency was simple, said Jonathan Byrd, songwriter and leader of the group.
“The Kraken was about two miles from where I was living at the time, and I checked their schedule, and it didn't look like there was anything going on on a Wednesday night,” Byrd said. “And I said, would it be okay if my band came in here and played every Wednesday night for a while?'”
The rest is history. Byrd and The Pickup Cowboys have played every Wednesday night since, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. They have also had a few guest artists perform alongside them.
“We've had some really great people," Byrd said. "People play the blues, or people play country music, or Americana songwriters, and we're kind of the same way. We're really a theater band — we like to put on a show.”