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Byrd is probably most closely identified with the monstrous power
chords that helped define Joan Jett and the Blackhearts’ platinum
cover of “I Love Rock & Roll,” and ensure its eternal rotation daily
throughout the universe. His blistering rhythms and soaring leads
played equally powerful roles in the Blackhearts’ subsequent great
hits. Byrd remains eternally grateful for the opportunity to orbit the
globe more frequently than the space shuttle and live out the
“Number One with a Bullet” dream most mortals only fantasize
about. But after a dozen years, it was time for a change. And the
confines of what Joni Mitchell has so poignantly called “the star
making machinery” could never have satisfied, much less revealed,
the soulful, complete musician and mature artist Byrd proves
himself to be on what is, astoundingly, for a dude who’s been
making major label albums for decades, his solo debut, Lifer.
“Indeed, Lifer is a celebration of the type of compact, hooky songwriting and
radiant guitar crunch that characterized classic rock and roll.”
“Listen to Lifer and you’ll hear strains of a variety of classic rock, soul and blues
artists that emerged during the 1960s and early ‘70s, from Otis Redding to The
Rolling Stones to Rod Stewart to Mott the Hoople.”
-ABC Radio Network
“If Ricky Byrd wasn’t born to rock, suffice it to say he was raised in its service.”
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