Track Premiere: Brad Byrd “Sunset Girl”

This track premiere features a song that is taken from Brad Byrd’s fourth album ‘Phases’ which will be out on May 3rd.  It’s an album of contrast with an amplified rock song one minute and a stripped-down folk ballad the next.  ‘Sunset Girl‘ falls into the last category, it is an acoustic love song – failed love in this case – for which Brad Byrd drew on memories of his early adulthood in New York City, for an ethereal ballad about lost love in the big city. 

Brad Byrd’s musical journey began in Massachusetts, raised in a household where his father and younger brother were both musicians. It rubbed off on the young Brad as he became a multi-instrumentalist, playing drums one minute and strumming the guitar the next, and writing songs inspired by his heroes from the Beatles to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young to the Cure.  Although he’d eventually settle for a sound that draws on the indie-rock Americana of the likes of Wilco and Kurt Vile.

Author: Jonathan Aird

Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?

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