Jay Byrd

Jay Byrd

 Bethesda, Maryland, USA

Jay Byrd is a DC-area guitarist, singer, and songwriter. His music draws from blues, rock, pop, and country, as well as his Appalachian roots.


Jason (Jay) Byrd has been a professional guitarist, singer, and songwriter since his late teens. In his early twenties, he co-founded the blues-rock trio The Groov, and in 1996 joined the then-Grateful Dead cover band Wavy Train. Byrd's original songs and guitar work helped Wavy Train to forge a sound that combined pop-oriented melodies with extended improvisation. After moving to the Washington, DC area in 2001, Jason began crafting songs with a decidedly Americana bent. In 2005, Jason's composition "Olson Still" received an honorable mention in the Mountain Stage NewSong Festival Folk category. In 2010, he won the NewSong People's Choice Award for the Northeast Region. He also won the Gold Award (Acoustic/Folk category) and the BMI Songwriter Award in the 2010 Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest. Jason continues to write and perform original roots-influenced music. Often performing as solo with his acoustic guitar, he also can assemble top-notch players for a fuller sound that allows him to deliver driving," alt-country" rock, as well as intimate, soulful ballads.


Feb 14
Lilit Cafe, 6:30-9:30PM
Bethesda, MD

Feb 16
South Rail @ Cowboy Cafe
Arlington, VA

Feb 22
w/Andrew Kutt @ Parker's Classic American Bistro
Bethesda, MD

Feb 23
South Rail @ Potomac Grill
Rockville, MD

Feb 28
South Rail @ Jammin Java
Vienna, VA

Mar 01
The Billy Triplett Trio @ Cowboy Cafe
Arlington, VA

Visit www.jaybyrdmusic.com for more info.


JAY BYRD - waste/hoping (EP - 2011)
JASON BYRD - Busy Day (2003)
WAVY TRAIN - One Big Happy Accident (2001)

Guitar/vocals Session Work on Various Albums

Set List

Jason performs original material, as well as choice covers from rock, country, folk, blues, etc.