Ricky Byrd – Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter
Leslie West, Steve Marriott to Rufus Thomas (I got to “Walk the Dog”)
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
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.<br><br>
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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About 12 Step Music Fest
12 Step Music Fest is a campout for ALL 12 step fellowships. It will be held November 3-6, 2011 at Sugarloaf Key (mile marker 20) KOA Campground in the Florida Keys. The entire campground will be closed to the public.
It's a mini Woodstock, minus the drugs and alcohol, but add meetings and fellowship! It is being produced by No Matter What Productions, a not for profit, 501 c 3 charity. Our mission is to help people suffering from all forms of addiction to recover and become acceptable, responsible and productive members of society. Our vision is to eradicate the stigma "Once an addict always an addict."
We are promoting music, fun and harmony among fellowships. We will have floating meetings, yes meetings in the ocean, bring your rafts and noodles!! There will be 3 - 24 hour marathon tents for all fellowships and special interest meetings.
There will be a childrens tent with crafts and activities all day as well. The KOA has a beach and volleyball, pool and hot tub, as well as showers and bathrooms. Food and recovery merchandise vendors will be on site as well.
We will have bands playing on the main stage throughout the weekend.
A talent show will be held in the Coffee House Saturday.
Also in the Coffee House there will be solos and duos playing all day and night.
Due to campground capacity we can only sell 2000 tickets, so please book early.
THIS IS A DRUG, ALCOHOL AND GAMBLING FREE EVENT.
Violators will be removed from the park and no refunds will be given.