“Whether the wider world recognizes it or not, he ought to be considered an essential Americana master.”
— Lee Zimmerman, Goldmine Magazine
Bobbo Byrnes is a storytelling singer/songwriter, a throwback to a bygone era of mix tapes and AM Gold. Bobbo read too much Kerouac as a youth and though he no longer hitchhikes he is still a vagabond at heart seeking to continue on his path - singing and strumming, learning and sharing stories, and connecting with people.
New release: SeaGreenNumber5
Bobbo returned home to California after many months on tour across the states and Europe and recorded an intimate, mostly acoustic album about searching for home. His painting “SeaGreenNumber5” lent a visual tone to the sessions as they were recorded in his living room in front of the painting. His songs draw from real life, from being a touring musician on the other side of the world far from loved ones in “10,000 Miles” to the rollicking ode to female musicians in “Queen of the Party” to the tense, fragile echoes of experiencing an active shooter situation in “Every Sound That Crashes.”
“Last time a Bobbo Byrnes album came my way I said I couldn't understand why he wasn't better known. Still can't! A lower-key acoustic outing this time, but still great tunes in a country-folk style: somewhere between Whiskeytown and Jason Isbell. SeaGreenNumber5 is a masterclass in songwriting.”