Mick Byrd

Mick Byrd

 
Vienna, Missouri, USA
BandAmericanaBlues

Mick has gained a following based on his superb songwriting, warm vocals and intricate guitar work. Serious listeners enjoy the depth and imagery of these songs. Vibrant live performances are the benchmark of Mick and the Backroad Band.

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Biography

Mick Byrd and The Backroad Band are bringing fans in the Midwest some of the best foot stompin, hand clappin, original Roots n Blues to come out of the Heartland! Warm vocals and Santana-esque guitar rifts laid on top of Martin HJ28 rhythm acoustic guitar, sweet female harmony, topped off with the groove of tasteful percussion, combine to provide listeners with tunes you can really get your ears around. Mick's latest release, "Around," spent over a year continuously on internet radios Roots Country Top Ten Chart as reported by Roots Music Report. Select the Press button in this EPK to read reviews.

Dont have the room or the need for a full band? No worries. Mick and various members of the Backroad Band are available in trio, duo or just Mick, solo, as well. Mick says, We pride ourselves on being venue and audience friendly. We will certainly do our best to provide what youre looking for. Most of all, we enjoy what we do.

Here are some comments from folks in the know about Mick Byrd and the Backroad Band.

"One could never consider Mick Byrd, as limited or pigeon holed. Nor can he be accused of taking the easy path and simply shooting for commercial market. This artist delves into the very guts of what constitutes a well-written song and delivers, every time. He's what true fans of independent, original music, covet and collect." -Karen E. Reynolds, Host/Program Director, Writer's Block, WDVX - Knoxville, TN

Clint Harding, host of Blue Highways/No Limit - KOPN 89.5 fm Columbia, MO, says, Every song comes with its own story (although rarely necessary to get the point), and when delivered in a relaxed south central Missouri drawl one can feel that this is what it must be like to sit around the cracker barrel on the general store porch on warm summer nights listening to the local storytellers.

Mick has released 7 CDs and a special 2 song CD with The Chance and Gentle Souls benefiting Special Olympics Missouri. Mick has won a national songwriting award from Billboard Magazine for Afternoon At The Wall. He has performed on River City Folk, a NPR program hosted by Tom May. Drivin' That Lawnmower to Town & This Old Truck have been played on the NPR Program, Car Talk hosted by Tom and Ray Magliozzi. Mick has also performed on Writers Block hosted by Karen Reynolds on WDVX in Knoxville, TN, a program devoted to independent artists. Tom Lambert, host of the "Independent Music Show," an International Syndicated Radio Program based in N. Ireland is just one of the many International Radio Programs to play Mick's music. Mick has the experience of playing on the road in 14 states and the country of Ireland. Mick is a member of the Missouri Arts Council Performing Artists, Mid-America Arts Alliance Touring Roster, Nashville Songwriters Association International and the Americana Music Association. Mick lists the Bluebird Caf, where he performs several times a year on Songwriters Night, as one of his very favorite venues.

Lyrics

Around (Americana Roots)

Written By: Mick Byrd

Around
© 2009 Words & Music by Mick Byrd

I go to the places we used to go.
And I talk to the people we both know.
But they all say the same things there.
No one’s seen you anywhere
Around Around
The last time I saw you – your sister’s wedding day.
You seemed kinda distant – not much to say.
You were standin’ by the best man.
You said you didn’t have any plans to be
Around Around
And it’s not like you answer to me.

To me – no…

Musical bridge like verse
I’ve been spendin’ my time writin’ songs.
Got a new one about heartache and love gone wrong.
You know it’s got a tale to tell.
You might even see yourself
Around Around Around Around

Away (Pop/Romantic)

Written By: Mick Byrd

Away
© 2008 Words & Music, Mick Byrd

Yeah, I’ve been waiting for someone like you.
And I’ve been hoping love could be this good.
I thank God above he chose you for me, ‘cause you

Chorus: Blow me away. You blow me away. You blow me away. You blow me away.

Yeah, I’ve been dreamin’ for a day like this.
I vow a lifetime of lovin’ you sealed with a kiss.
I thank God above he chose me for you, ‘cause you

Chorus: Blow me away. You blow me away. You blow me away. You blow me away.

And I thank God above he chose you for me, “cause you

Chorus: Blow me away. You blow me away. You blow me away. You blow me away. You blow me away.

Just The Blues (Ozark Blues)

Written By: Mick Byrd

Just The Blues
© 2007 Words & Music, Mick Byrd

It’s the universal language we all understand.
We all feel good with a guitar in our hands.
The songs they wrote every note’s one we can use.
No black – no white – just the blues.

It’s what you hear when you play how you feel when you sing.
It’s Mississippi to Missouri when you’re ridin’ with the King.
From the top of your head to the bottom of your shoes.
No black – no white – just the blues

You can play them everyday and it never does get old.
It’s a visceral expression from the rock bottom of your soul.
Once you’ve got the feeling it’s one you’ll never lose.
No black – no white – just the blues.
No black – no white – just the blues.

Colorado Sky (Roots Country)

Written By: Mick Byrd

Colorado Sky
© 2009 Words & Music, Mick Byrd

They took uranium from the mines
And they powered up the grid.
They said everything was fine
And they lied about what they did.
Now oh all that’s left is a blood red lie
Under the Colorado Sky.

They pumped the water underground
And they poisoned all the wells.
We’ve got a dying town
And dirty secrets we can’t tell.
Something’s desperately wrong
Can’t be denied
Under the Colorado Sky.

B section:
They told us there was wealth underground.
Jobs and money ain’t all we found.
Too many people are gone…
(Repeat First Verse) The Colorado Sky. The Colorado Sky.

Whisper (Rock)

Written By: Mick Byrd

Whisper
© 2007 Words & Music, Mick Byrd

I had it all worked out, Today would be the day.
There was never any doubt. I knew just what you’d say.
When you hold me close it’s like you never lied.

Chorus: Whisper, whisper, where no one else can hear.
Whisper, whisper, softly in my ear.
Whisper, whisper, the words get caught inside
Why do you whisper sweet nothings when you lie?

I thought I could be strong and I’d tell you to fade.
But it never lasts too long when you look at me that way.
When you hold me close it’s like you never lied.

Repeat Chorus

Repeat Chorus
Why do you whisper sweet nothings when you lie?

Sometimes (Country Americana - duet w/Kristan Hassler)

Written By: Mick Byrd

Sometimes
© 2007 Words & Music, Mick Byrd
Duet
La da da da da da La da da da da da
I’ve been thinkin’ ‘bout you tonight
And all the love we’ve left behind.
I’ve been missin’ you tonight.
And I got a question if you don’t mind
Chorus: Sometimes when he holds you
Does it ever feel like me?
After all the lies I’ve told you
Wasn’t there one you could believe? Yeah..
La da da da da da La da da da da da
*I’ve been thinkin’ ‘bout you tonight.
*And I’ve been wonderin’ where you are
*I’ve been missin’ you tonight
*I’m making this wish on a falling star.
Chorus: *Sometimes when he holds me
*It almost feels like you
*After all the lies you told me
*I still wish they all were true. Yeah..
*La da da da da da La da da da da
*La da da da da da La da da da da
*La da da da da da
Chorus: Sometimes when he holds you
*Sometimes when he holds me
Sometimes when he holds you
*Sometimes when he holds me
La da da da da da
La da da da da da

Gravy Train (Ozark Blues)

Written By: Mick Byrd

Gravy Train
© 2007 Words & Music, Mick Byrd

I had a good job and I got paid
But getting up early kinda ruined my day.
So I told the boss I thought I’d retire.
He said don’t worry you’re already fired.
But I met you and you’re cute honey.
Let’s go spend some of your Daddy’s money.

Ride the gravy train. Ride the gravy train.
Everybody should have it so good on thegravy train.

Mama called up and she said son,
You know I’m ashamed about the way you done.
I said don’t worry we got room for expansion.
We’re livin’ in a big house out back of the mansion.
If you and Daddy get here real soon you can move right in we’ve got lots of room.

She said,
Ride the gravy train. Ride the gravy train.
Everybody should have it so good on the gravy train

Ride the gravy train. Ride the gravy train
Everybody should have it so good on the gravy train.

No Road Like That (Americana)

Written By: Mick Byrd

No Road Like That
© 2009 Words & Music, Mick Byrd

I know you’re just a boy. There’s so many roads to choose.
And if you play the game there’s a chance that you might lose.
My hope for you is no matter where you go the sun shines on your back.

I wish there was a high road that kept you safe from harm.
I wish there was a yellow brick road that led back to that Kansas farm.
I wish there were no twists and turns - just a straight and narrow path.
But, son, there ain’t no road like that.

There’s far too many curves. You can’t see ‘round the bend.
What seems so easy at the start can get much harder by the end.
My hope for you is no matter where you go you won’t slow down and don’t turn back.

(Repeat Chorus)

(Repeat Chorus)

Old School (Roots County)

Written By: Mick Byrd

Old School
© 2008 Words & Music, Mick Byrd

Yeah, He walks into a bar and he orders up a beer.
He’s got a green coat on – says nothin’ runs like a Deere.
He breaks all the rules and he don’t care ‘bout bein; cool
‘Cause he’s Old School.

He’s not the center of attention. He hangs out behind the scenes.
But he means what he says and he says what he means.
His voice is gruff but his heart is tender
Underneath his suspenders.
He’s Old School.

You can take him at his word.
He’s solid as a rock.
If the world wants to pass him by
He’ll be happy to stop.

He’s found the secret to contentment is not to want too much.
Yeah, He’s the king of the road in his old pickup truck.
He’s got no cell phone to call. He’s not on My Space or your space at all.
He’s Old School. He’s Old School.

Train Song (Americana)

Written By: Mick Byrd

Train Song
Words & Music by Mick Byrd
Copyright 1997 Mickey Byrd. All rights reserved.
P.O. Box 141, Vienna, MO 65582 (573) 422-3881 E-mail Mail@MickByrd.com

Chorus:
The train don’t run here anymore
The train don’t run here anymore
It used to run right by my door
The train don’t run here anymore

Six o’clock in the evening
I’d stand out in my yard
It sounded like thunder
I could hear it comin’ far
And I’d give two thumbs up
To show them all was clear
And I’d get a whistle and a wave from the engineer

Chorus:
The train don’t run here anymore
The train don’t run here anymore
It used to run right by my door
The train don’t run here, it don’t run here, it don’t run here anymore

The years put a stoop upon my back
The weeds are growin’ in the tracks
They put the railroad up for sale
Turned it into a hiking trail

Chorus:
Oh, the train don’t run here anymore
The train don’t run here anymore
It used to run right by my door
The train don’t run here anymore

Chorus:
The train don’t run here anymore
The train don’t run here anymore
It used to run right by my door
The train don’t run here anymore

Discography

No Frills - 1996
Live At The Focal Point - 1998
The Barber - /2000
The Chance/Gentle Souls - 2001
Stolen Kisses 2002
A Few Good Tunes 2004
Outer Road 2007
Around - 2010 (Released 10/7/10 on AirPlay Direct and public release date 11/4/2010)

All CD's have multiple songs that have been played on radio stations. The majority on Community and Public radio stations and more recently on Internet radio. Radio stations include U.S., Canadian, European, South American, & Australian stations.

Set List

139 original songs in the set list (and counting)
95 recorded