Ricky Byrd Musical Director of the Rockers In Recovery Band
Ricky Byrd- 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. Just to name a few Byrd has recorded with or played with Ian Hunter, Joan Jett, Roger Daltrey, Mavis Staple, and Southside Johnny.
Ricky a 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominee for his work with Joan Jett is ready to release his solo debut, Lifer. I have been privileged to hear cuts off the new music and I believe it will be a huge success. Ricky’s skills as a musician and producer will shine once again as always.