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Singer-songwriter-guitarist Ricky Byrd’s new CD which he describes as “one part acoustic soul, one part rock n roll” -marks quite a departure from his days with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Byrd is still rail-thin, still has the haystack of hair and a truckload of attitude, but maturity has served to deepen and expand his talent. Byrd says that the work on his latest project with producer Ray Kennedy “is a natural progression. I went back to the college of musical knowledge, listening to the songs that still, to this day, raise the hair on my arms. Digging deep, trying to find the secret ingredient, studying the craft of songwriting. Now I feel like I’ve got a pretty cool batch of my own songs and I’m ready to show them to the world.”
Billboard described Byrd’s last effort, a limited edition live CD called, with typical Byrd-esque humor, “Tough Room…This World”: For many, Ricky Byrd needs no introduction. For others, a brief step back in time may be needed. After…Byrd parted ways with the Blackhearts (he) found himself collaborating with the likes of Roger Daltrey (and) Ian Hunter. Apparently, others discovered what Jett had known all along: Byrd is one accomplished musician, singer and songwriter.” In fact, Jett and Daltrey (on his solo release “Rocks In The Head”) are among the many artists who have cut covers of Byrd’s material he’s had over 45 of his songs recorded by others — and his music has also been featured on television and in films.
Rockers In Recovery Host John Hollis said during his interview with Ricky Byrd “Folks I just listened to the mastered version of the song it went right to the heart and had us all in tears. “Broken Is A Place” will touch many people and help many people find a new way of life”.
“Broken Is A Place”- the new song written by Ricky Byrd/Richie Supa ,Co produced by Ricky Byrd/Bob Stander, Drums: Shawn Murray, Bass: Bob Stander, Guitars: Ricky Byrd Vocals: Ricky Byrd, Keyboards: Richie Supa, Mixed: Bob Stander, Mastered: Ray Kennedy in Nashville.
“Broken Is A Place” is a must for any download collection. Ricky went to a place only one who has been there can write about and though this song can let others know change is possible.
Ricky Byrd Bio:
Lotta dues Jim, Lotta dues
That’s a line from a play about Lenny Bruce, and man oh man ain’t that the truth!!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining! I’ve had an unbelievable career so far and I’m very grateful.
Imagine a 13 year old sitting in his bedroom with his first guitar that “almost” stays in tune. He’s dreaming big dreams, hoping someday……you know the rest!
Well I got my wish. I’ve traveled the world with Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, had a couple of hit records and played guitar for two of my favorites–Roger Daltrey and Ian Hunter. I’ve also had the damn good fortune to have shared a stage with everyone from Jimmy Page, Leslie West, Steve Marriott to Rufus Thomas (I got to “Walk the Dog”)
I’ve had artists who I love and respect cover songs I’ve written ,and even got to decorate a wall in Byrdland with a few gold and platinum records.
Problem is I’m not the kind that can rest on my laurels (you know how painful that can be!).
This is now and now I’m a solo artist–playing my songs, making my music and fighting my battles!
To be honest I’m feeling a little punchy from all the fighting.
But I promise you this…they’’ll have to carry me out of the ring still swingin’ and still singin’.
Let’s face it the music business (what’s left of it) is not for the faint of heart. it can break your spirit and leave you bitter.”It was you Charlie…you shoulda watched out for me. I coulda been a contender!”
Sorry, I had a Brando moment!.
Anyway as the saying goes… you buttered your bread now you gotta sleep in it…or something like that.
Where was I? Oh yeah
These days I have no illusions or expectations other than making the coolest music I can and have fun doing it.
So keep your eyes and ears open cause sooner or later I’ll be coming to your town. It might be a stadium,a theatre,a club or maybe even a coffeehouse, but you can bet the farm I’ll have a big ass grin on my face and be happy to be there.
See you in the trenches, Ricky
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