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The Bobbo Society For The Arts & Letters
An Tain, Boston, MA
VFW, Harbor Homes Benefit, Milford, NH
Ledgewood Bay Memory Center, Milford, NH
UnchARTed, Lowell, MA
House Concert, Greenfield, NH
Pub on Park, Cranston, R.I.
Last Chance Radio
House Concert, Lakewood, OH
The Bootlegger, Newark, OH
Tony's Deli, Anaheim, CA
Portfolios, Long Beach, CA
Back Home House Concert Series, Anaheim, CA
Beach Hut Deli, Huntington Beach, CA
December 2018 REST!
"At that point, however, opener "Angelia" hits everything: that is pure Mellencamp-in-a-pondering-
Nice Things People Have Said About Me
"The Best Kick-Ass Heartbreakin’ Alt. Country Rock LA Has To Offer." ~ Rocking Magpie
"Follows the musical storytelling tradition of Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earle and Gram Parsons." ~ BrooWaha.com
“Bobbo writes deeply affecting material and it is delivered with an authenticity that is exhilarating. Even on disc, his blend of roots, rock, country, folk and pop is delivered with the wallop of The Clash” ~ Orange County Register
"While Byrnes has his own strong artistic voice (which includes his stellar skills on guitar, mandolin and keyboards), his songs and passion will appeal to fans of Springsteen, Ryan Adams, Dawes and John Mellencamp. That is some good company to be sure." ~ Rock'n'Roll Truth
“The whole thing is held together by the unobtrusive singing of the sympathetic artist, who feels comfortable with this multi-faceted mixture of country rock, alt.country and roots. Singer / Songwriter-Americana, who does not need a Plan B.” ~ Country Jukebox (translated from German)
“Hold Me' betrays an incredible sense of empathy within its lamentful leanings - Bobbo Byrnes has a sure sense of today's misplaced sensibilities and offers an ingenius remedy.” ~ The Akademia "Americana Song of the Month" July 2017.
"Bobbo Byrnes is becoming one of the hardest working musicians in the Americana community, and his first solo album is further proof of his abilities. Motel Americana is a definite Get It if you love great music." ~ LA Music Critic
"I really enjoyed the new album by Bobbo Byrnes, the charm of his voice on these catching melodies that give the feeling that we already know all these good songs... A very efficient country rock album... The perfect disc for the coming summer... I will air tracks 2, 3, 4, 7, 10...
Merci" ~ Radio ISA, FM France.
"The multi-faceted voice and the skillful guitar playing of the musician provide for a lot of variety and take the listeners from the beginning with the journey. Time added, with the Bottleneck: Byrnes only uses effects when they are really necessary, otherwise his guitar is enough. Or rather, his guitars, because the singer-songwriter always drags several." ~ NWZOnline (translated from the German)
Gear and Endorsements
I'm notoriously hard on equipment so when I find something that works great and lasts ~ I stick with it. Here's a few of those things:
I'm partial to the Model G, Honey B and especially the Baby Pink Booster. My search for overdrive and clean boost ended the day I found these. Thank you Donner for always taking such great care of me! If you like my tone - this is how I got there.
I tour with ZT Amplifiers all over Europe. I was in a pinch on tour as the amp that I had at the time (Not ZT) died and I messaged them and they sent me an amp the next day. These little amps are amazing workhorses and I have used it ever since. I play electric guitar through it, acoustic and we have even played bass through this tiny little 200 watt Lunchbox. Thanks Michael!
I found this great guitar strap for acoustic at Sam Ash one day and decided to go back to get a second strap. As I was walking out this guy asked me "Do you like that strap?" and I proceeded to tell him all about why this strap was the best strap I've ever used for acoustic guitar and that it's made out of cotton cinch material and on and on. He finally says "I make those straps." I was convincing the owner of the strap company how great his strap was! Since then all my straps on every guitar has been changed over to Franklin straps and Greg has been very nice to me and kept me in straps. I've bought most of them but he's given me some as well.
I have all my guitars set up with a dual system of Fishman Infinity piezo pickup as well as a Rare Earth humbucker in the soundhole. Why two pickups? Because, I do a thing and it's tricky but it's my thing and they make the pickups that allow me to do what I do. I'm not endorsed by Fishman but their team has helped me out a bunch of times to keep me strumming.
Danny is my guitar hero. He's an amazing musician, guitarist and friend. He and I have been friends for over 15 years and in that time he's taught me so much about guitar and taste and tone. He's been on almost every one of my albums dating back to 2004. Not just that but he's the absolute bees knees at fixing everything I break. Whether it's a broken guitar headstock, a telecaster bridge, fret dressings - whatever! When I get a new guitar, the first thing I do is bring it right to Danny to make it better, and he does.
This is a thing that I've been using for a number of years now - it's a thing on the floor that you plug into the PA and it makes a thump thump sound like a kick drum and it's awesome. It's simple and works great. I first saw it at a vintage guitar show and it took me a while before I bought one but once I did - I never looked back. We've even used this in place of a kick drum a couple of times on tour where the drummer had a snare but no kick and this did it! Amazing little device.
This is the best DI Box I've ever used. It's simple and sounds great. That's all there is to it.
Pete at Vintage Vibe is a swell guy who makes fantastic pickups. I like his pickups, especially the T-90's in my telecaster. Write him, he'll make you a set too. I've been using these for years!
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Booking & Contact
Label: Songs & Whispers
Publishing: Budde Music
Booking U.S.A - bobbo@BobboByrnes.com
Booking Europe - Julia at Songs&Whispers
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Beyond all the rocking and rolling we try to give back and use the power of rock for good and change in this world. To that end we have partnered with a few charities that are doing amazing work all over the world. If you happen to find yourself looking for a place to donate to - please think of them.
I have to admit that I didn't even know what obstetric fistula was before my aunt Mary Ann explained what a debilitating condition it was in developing nations. QFE is a non-profit that my aunt started up that helps women in Kenya with obstetric fistula. Teaches the women life skills and quilting - and they sell the quilts on their site. We have become a partner with Quilts through our benefit concert in Portland, OR and are just in awe of the work that they do. Visit their website and you too could own a quilt made by women in Kenya.
We got involved with Equality Now through our Leaves on the Wind Music Project which is music inspired by the tv show Firefly. That show was written by Joss Whedon and they have screenings of the movie Serenity and raise money for EN, we have become a global sponsor of this great charity whose mission is to "achieve legal and systemic change that addresses violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world.
Bob & Hilary Keating are friends of mine in southern New Hampshire and they have been working with Harbor Homes for decades now to end homelessness in southern New Hampshire. How they maintain the stamina for this work is amazing to me but persevere. There are currently NO homeless veterans in southern New Hampshire. We organize an annual concert in Milford, NH to support Harbor Homes. Our next event is Oct 13, 2018.