Ricky Byrd, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and recovery advocate, is still making music and God willing won’t be stopping anytime soon. Byrd’s new single “Louanne” is out now courtesy of Steven Van Zandt’s Wicked Cool Records.
Byrd was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 with Joan Jett and The Blackhearts. He has shared the stage with legendary musicians including Paul McCartney, Alice Cooper, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, Joe Walsh, Mavis Staples, Brian Wilson, Smokey Robinson, Jimmy Page, Graham Nash, Steve Miller and many more.
Thankfully, Byrd has joined us for a quick Q & A session. Please welcome Ricky Byrd to the blog!
Tell us about your latest project:
I’ve been releasing singles on Little Steven’s label Wicked Cool Records. These days I have my most fun writing tunes and going into the studio to bring them to life.
Since April 2023 we’ve put out 3 singles Glamdemic Blues, Alien, and Louanne. Now go stream them or better yet DL em’ so I can put put more music;)
Of all of the great musicians that you’ve been on stage with, is there one that you would tour with just for the experience?
Well I’ve never been on stage with Rod Stewart, but I’d sure love to play some of those Faces tunes I was raised on. I had an amazing experience touring with Ian Hunter and recording and doing a radio tour with Roger Daltrey, and would do that again in a heartbeat .
Is there one piece of advice that you have for people that are dealing with addictions?
Yes … as hard as it is to reach out and ask for help for some, that is the beginning and first step towards a life you never imagined for yourself. Most people in recovery are more than willing to help someone struggling. And although I can’t get someone clean and or sober I can certainly point you in the right direction.
Do you have a favorite venue or place that you like to play?
Well, I’ve played everything from Stadiums to theaters to sheds to clubs and more. I enjoy it all. There’s something about watching people groovin’ and smilin’ from the audience that can’t be beat.
Is there anyone that you would still like to collaborate with?
A ton of people, but I love the challenge of staring at a blank piece of paper and writing lyrics that might move someone one way or another. It’s a lonely job writing on your own but it really sharpens your writing skills.
Did being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame change your career at all?
Well, it’s cool being part of the club, but in the end, it’s just nice to add that you’re an inductee to your bio. When I go to the museum in Cleveland and see my guitar in there with what else is on display it’s pretty surreal and I’m grateful and humbled to be in that company
What musician or band has had the greatest influence on your music?
I would have to say the stuff I listened to as a teen. Stones, Faces, Humble Pie, The Who, Glam music from the ’70s, pop, soul music like Otis and Wilson Pickett, etc
Did you have any mentors or teachers that had a positive impact on your life?
Life itself is the best teacher! Damn that was deep lol
Do you think that the music will ever be too loud for you?
Huh can’t hear you … speak up would ya
Who do you enjoy listening to now?
I listen to my old vinyl and on the radio mostly Little Steven’s Underground Garage because I can hear me on there ( 😉 as well as stuff I’ve never heard before.
What is the secret to songwriting?
Trust your instincts and try not to repeat yourself in a song. Just tell the story in the least amount of words as possible.
What do you want people to know about your music?
It’s Rock and Roll, baby!!