Approved Touring Performer
The Backroad Band
The Missouri Ozarks is both home and backdrop to Mick Byrd, Missouri Arts Council Touring Performer and MO Blues Society, NSAI, TSAI member who regularly performs at Nashville's Bluebird Café on Songwriter's Night. An Award from Billboard Magazine kicked off his music career in 1994. Nine recordsings later, Mick brings fans an amazing array of original Roots, Rock, Progressive Country & his signature "Ozark Blues." Mick & The Backroad Band, Joe Dunlap on lead guitar and Ray Spiller on cajón, will keep your hands clapping & toes tapping!
On December 30th, 2017, "Moline" was released. It is a Bluesy Roots Country EP with a twinge of the Ozarks in the warm vocals and the poetic imagery. “Moline,” is a step in a new direction from CD's filled with a variety of genres to an EP with a select group of new songs in the Country and Country Blues genre. Mick’s latest full CD, “Roots & Ozark Blues” is a fan favorite! Following tradition, the varying genres blend beautifully together and create a CD that you can listen to repeatedly without tiring of it. A variety of guest musicians contributed greatly to the new CD. They include: Gary Durk, bass: Shannon Hushaw, vocals; Steve Carroway, Blues harmonica; Paula Parker, fiddle and Pete Szkolka on piano, organ and guitar.
Of Mick Byrd's writing, Karen E. Reynolds, Host/Program Director, Writer's Block, WFIV 105.3 FM - Knoxville, TN says, "This artist delves into the very guts of what constitutes a well-written song and delivers, every time. He's what true fans of independent, original music, covet and collect."
As a native of the Missouri hills, Mick brings new truth—and a new sound—to Ozark music.
Mick has released 9 CDs and a special 2 song CD with "The Chance and Gentle Souls" benefiting Special Olympics Missouri. Mick has won a national songwriting award from Billboard Magazine for “Afternoon At The Wall.” He has performed on “River City Folk,” a NPR program hosted by Tom May. “Drivin' That Lawnmower to Town” & “This Old Truck,” have been played on the NPR Program, “Car Talk” hosted by Tom and Ray Magliozzi. Mick has also performed on “Writers Block” hosted by Karen Reynolds on WFIV 105.3 FM in Knoxville, TN, a program devoted to independent artists. Tom Lambert, host of the "Independent Music Show," an International Syndicated Radio Program based in N. Ireland is just one of the many International Radio Programs to play Mick's music. Mick has the experience of playing across the US and the country of Ireland.