The Bobbo Society For The Arts & Letters

Sept 5, 2018 - New Old Guitar Day 

Part One: 

I just bought a guitar. Now I know that’s not all that shocking. I had been looking for another Telecaster Custom that could replace the one I had stolen in Germany 2 years ago. I hadn’t found one that I liked and so it has been on my radar since then - not like actively searching but just, you know - looking. 

I stopped into a guitar store today to get Tracy some bass strings and as I walked through the store I saw this thing, this blinged out eyesore of a telecaster hidden away like no one…

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Upcoming Shows

October 11 
An Tain, Boston, MA

October 12
VFW, Harbor Homes Benefit, Milford, NH

October 13
Ledgewood Bay Memory Center, Milford, NH

October 13
UnchARTed, Lowell, MA

October 14
House Concert, Greenfield, NH

October 16 
Pub on Park, Cranston, R.I.

October 17 
Last Chance Radio

October 18 
House Concert, Lakewood, OH

October 19
The Bootlegger, Newark, OH

October 20-22
Travel Days

October 27
Tony's Deli, Anaheim, CA

November 3
Portfolios, Long Beach, CA

November 10
Back Home House Concert Series, Anaheim, CA

November 17
Beach Hut Deli, Huntington Beach, CA

December 2018  REST!


Want to hear my new album?  Click the pic and go listen!

Want to hear my new album? Click the pic and go listen!

"At that point, however, opener "Angelia" hits everything: that is pure Mellencamp-in-a-pondering-town: how things are going in the US today: everyone and everything seems to be divided and nobody is sure of anything, except for your own Big Equal. Someone had to say it clearly and that is what Bobbo Byrnes does, albeit that this record is absolutely not a political pamphlet. No, this is particularly good, sturdy, contemporary Americana, particularly suitable for long, preferably nocturnal, car journeys!"

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." ~

“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, 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:









Bearfoot FX

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!


Franklin Guitar Straps

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. 

Fishman acoustic pickups

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 Ott Guitar Repair

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.

Porchboard Bass

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.

Fire-Eye DI

This is the best DI Box I've ever used. It's simple and sounds great. That's all there is to it.

Vintage Vibe pickups

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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Me on Cape Cod.  Pic by John DeSalvo.

Me on Cape Cod. Pic by John DeSalvo.

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Other Stuff

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.

Quilts for Empowerment

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.

Equality Now

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.

Harbor Homes

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.