On his website, he describes himself as a "Friend. Foe. Dog-lover. Sports Enthusiast..." but, most of all, a "Musician".
J.R. has a little bit of sound for everyone. Based out of Denton, Texas, Byrd has been writing music since the age of 16, when he started writing "simple gooey love songs for various middle school crushes".
By the time he got "all growns up" in music school at the University of North Texas, he became experienced with the acoustic guitar, using it as his main songwriting tool.
"Step Into the Shade" (9/01/2005) contains catchy beats with descriptive lyrics painting pictures with sound using a creative assembly of vocals (J.R. Byrd and Rebekah Schwarz); Bass, Alto Saxophone, String/Brass (J.R. Byrd); Acoustic/Electric Guitars (Kory Washburn); Organ (Ross Redmon); Drums, Percussion (Sean McCurley); Viola (Sergio Gonzales); Violin (Nina Bishop); Cello (Angela Harvey); Flugelhorn (Dave Richards); Trombone (Scott Agster); and Baritone Saxophone (Ann Bradfield).
J.R. Byrd's second album, "Limitless" (12-01-2009) is infused with incredible vocals that, along with a very "smart" musical arrangement, captivate and draw you into a "creative landscape of sound".
Footstomping, bluesy, jazzy and soulful -- each song on "Limitless" contains lyrics that are not only personal, but also thought provoking. (My personal favourite of his older stuff.)
J.R. Byrd's most recent release, "Down Home Son" (9/13/2013), contains acoustic versions of his most popular songs that accentuates his voice and incredible guitar fingerwork.
Check out all of J.R. Byrd's music on his website jrbyrd.com.