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  • Q&A with Mick Byrd: The Backroad Band

  • Mick Byrd has released seven CD’s and a special two-song CD with “The Chance” and “Gentle Souls” benefiting Special Olympics Missouri. He has won a national songwriting award from Billboard Magazine for “Afternoon At The Wall” and has performed on “River City Folk,” a NPR ...
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  • Mick Byrd has released seven CD’s and a special two-song CD with “The Chance” and “Gentle Souls” benefiting Special Olympics Missouri. He has won a national songwriting award from Billboard Magazine for “Afternoon At The Wall” and has performed on “River City Folk,” a NPR program hosted by Tom May.
    “Drivin' That Lawnmower to Town” and “This Old Truck” have been played on the NPR Program, “Car Talk” hosted by Tom and Ray Magliozzi.  
    Byrd has also performed on numerous other radio programs worldwide. He has the experience of playing on the road in 14 states and the country of Ireland. Byrd is a Missouri Arts Council Touring Performer, a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International and the Americana Music Association. He lists the Bluebird Café, where he performs several times a year on “Songwriters’ Night,” as one of his very favorite venues.
    Who are the members of the band and what do they play?
    I perform solo or with independent musicians collectively known as The Backroad Band. Dave Jordan of Jefferson City, lead guitar; Steve Carraway of Laurie, harmonica; and Ray Spiller of Vienna, drums.  
    How long have you been playing?
    I have been playing music professionally about 20 years, collectively with the Backroad Band, almost a year. Growing up there was always music in our home. My Dad, a barber when I was growing up and the inspiration for my CD, "The Barber," was an old time Jazz and Honky Tonk piano player and my sister is a very accomplished pianist. Piano was too much like math for me so I picked up a guitar.  
    Describe your music style?
    All original Roots 'n "Ozark Blues." My influences growing up were primarily rock 'n roll and bluesy country.  
    What are your day jobs?
    I am a high school softball coach and full-time musician. I retired from teaching a couple of years ago. I taught the upper level social studies courses in my hometown high school of Vienna, Missouri for 31 years and coached track 22 years, basketball 30 years and I'm still coaching softball. Dave Jordan, lead guitar, is going back to school to be a teacher. Ray Spiller is Vienna's high school band director. Steve Carraway owns Laurie Quick Lube.  
    Any other points of interest or information you'd like to share?
    My latest CD, "Around" spent about a year in the top 10 on Roots Music Reports, Roots Country Internet Radio Chart. I put it on Airplay Direct, a company that radio stations can download music from and radio stations from all around the world downloaded tunes. The scope of possibilities today with the internet are amazing.  
    Page 2 of 2 - For an event schedule, go to  http://www.mickbyrd.com. Find them on Facebook.
    To hear Mick's latest CD "Around" and "The Train Song," a long-time favorite, go to my EPK: http://www.sonicbids.com/2/EPK/?epk_id=284974#!audio
     

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