The Bobbo Society For The Arts & Letters

June 6, 2024 

Had a great session in the studio yesterday. Started off by working on Miracle Laurie's new album (which is near done) and we're fine tweaking parts and even re-writing another song. She and I have been writing together for a little over a year and there's a genuine authenticity that comes through her writing, it's honest and pure and I love it. 

Then last night I had the Acoustic Librarian in the studio and we were recording drum parts on three of his songs. Matt Froehlich was behind the kit and he makes it look easy. The first time Matt and I worked in the studio together was in 2013 on the first Riddle & The Stars album and he's pretty much been the dude since then. 

Today I made boring studio purchases. Seriously. Do you know how dull it is to have to shop for a new 7-pin XLR cable for a tube mic? I almost fell asleep typing that sentence! 

Now I'm off to tune a piano and then this afternoon finishing up the press release for some PR of the new album and some fancy meetings and then at the library tonight…

All music, all the time. 

May 22, 2024 

Good morning from Cape Cod. Tracy and I are on a sort of working/vacation here. It's vacation because it's Cape Cod and it's working because we're both in this cottage working away on our laptops - but the view is spectacular!

I have finalized the artwork and the music for my new album. Originally I was going to call the album “some salvation” but that sort of morphed into “Bobbo Byrnes” - a self titled album. I mean, why not, right? I've never done a self titled album before. 

The cds are currently being manufactured and I'm working on getting the stuff together for a vinyl pressing as well. I already laid out all the music and more so than any other album of mine, it plays very nicely with the 22 minutes per side parameters set by vinyl's space limitations. 

The cd release show will be on Thursday, June 20 at The Harp Inn, in Costa Mesa, CA and I'm so excited for these tunes to be out in the world. 

If you're in the New England area, be sure to pick up a copy of Metronome Magazine's June issue as I am featured with a cover story. 

Finally, if you'd like to be the first kid on your block to get the new album - you can pre-order it on the website and it will be delivered on Tuesday, June 4th right to your inbox. If you opt for the buy CD option - I will be mailing them out the beginning of June so you should have them on the day as well. 

Hope you like it and thanks for hanging out with me all this time. 

xo

~Bobbo

Tour Diary, April 28-30, 2024 Nashville Edition 

Tour Diary, April 28-30, 2024
Nashville Edition
It is six am, Nashville skyline time. I had the isle on the plane and tried my best to sleep and failed. Got my rental car and found a breakfast spot with “Pancake” in the name and then slept in the parking lot for about 3 hours.
I guess it’s good that car seats are not comfortable enough for sleeping but I do wish they had a reclined setting that was at least better for it. Some car seats are like that sofa in the show 30 Rock that is so uncomfortable that they use it as a torture device to get people to admit to crimes.
The Kia isn’t that bad but it is also not “good.”
I’m meeting up with my cousin Erin today who is driving in from Asheville, N.C. To hang out with me. She already got us an Airbnb and it’s just 15 minutes outside of downtown. Erin and I have a great catch up, she had pizza delivered and is just a great hang. I ask her if she is coming out tonight and she politely declines and says she needs to rest up to go out tomorrow night. It was a five hour drive for her so I definitely get it and I love that she is comfortable with her boundaries to just be like “I can’t do it. See you when you get home.”
It’s Friday night and night two of the Magnolia Roads Hoedown. I’m bummed that I missed last night as I know my friend Alice Wallace was playing the “made in Nashville” themed night. But I’m here and I’m hearing great music.
Friday is 70s themed night and it starts off with some Carol King, there’s some Aretha and when one band goes into Steely Dan, I even enjoyed that, making me realize that it is not the music of Steely Dan that I hate. It’s the two dudes in Steely Dan that I can’t stomach.
Anyway.
Fantastic night, amazing musicians and just a wonderful hang. Tommy Womack sang “I am woman” and they held up posters for everyone to sing along on the call and response parts. “gold dust woman” made me wish I was on stage playing along - that song is so haunting and beautiful. And the backing band, sweet jesus were they good.
Talking to a dude here I mentioned that I was looking forward to getting my ass kicked by some Nashville songwriting and Nashville definitely does not disappoint here. He says “That’s the best attitude to have. Folks are either motivated by what they hear or it implodes inside them and they go home and stop trying.”
I had never thought of it this way before and I think it’s amazing. I’m not fishing for compliments here but I know I have some strengths and weaknesses and I try to play to the strengths as much as I can while building up the weaker aspects of what I do.* I guess I am kind of resilient** in the way I’ve always seen my career as more of a continuous learning exercise rather than a final destination thing.
Saturday is “Number Nine” themed and everyone is playing one White Album Beatles song in their set. I’m a second hand Beatles fan. I’m a fan of people who love the Beatles; Paul Westerberg, Big Star, Danny Ott, Kenny Howes, Morgan Keating - I’m a fan of these folks and they LOVE the Beatles.*** That said I’ve always been more drawn to their weirder side. Yeah, “Don’t let me down” is probably my fav of theirs but from the White Album, I’m diving into some Bungalow Bill.
As I’m sound checking I hear someone shouting my name and has somehow forced their way into the closed venue. You can take the girl out of Billerica but you can’t take the Billerica out of the girl. Holy crap, it’s Laura Thompson Rublee. I had no idea she was flying in for the weekend but there’s no restraining her and the doorman even tried.
Laura had been secretly scheming with Tracy to surprise me at this show. I was 100% surprised. So surprised that when I first heard her, I could only hear her voice and not even see her in the dark bar but I knew it was her.
I may not have a big crowd but I do have a dedicated one and they show up EARLY!
I finish my soundcheck and then we all hang out, I introduce Laura and Larissa to my cousin Erin and they get on like peas and carrots. I’m walking the balance of seeing my fam/friends and hanging and trying to hear new music and meet new folks here. It’s a balance that I think I somewhat failed on both sides.
Now Jon Latham is on before me and talk about getting your ass kicked by some songwriting. God. Damn. Is he good. I loved his set and then I had to go on! I’m comfortable enough to be in my own head and just “do what you do, let ‘em fall where they may.” And so I did.
On stage I realize I have forgotten to do a setlist again. The good of this is that I can just go where the room takes me and feel it out. And this is a bar of listening folks. I’m going to say that again. This is a bar of folks listening to the music. You don’t find these everywhere. Shit, you don’t find them in all of Nashville. You hit Broadway and you’re going to be overrun at most places with bachelorette parties and New Orleans style drunkenness. But here, on the east side, at the Five Spot, we have listeners. I can play something loud, I can play something quiet, I can tell a story from the stage and it all works.
The reason performers love stages like this is that there is freedom in it. What we do feels like it has wings and can fly around the room. If you’re in that typical bar with folks chatting and the game in the corner - you either play to yourself and the couple people listening or you play to the room and be a human jukebox, setting yourself on fire to maintain their attention.
But when you have the freedom from the listeners to go where you feel, the shows are better, the experience is better for everyone. Thank you The 5 Spot and MagnoliaRoads for making this happen.
I don’t even entirely remember what I played. I know I did Bungalow Bill and I had a cheat sheet on stage because who the hell can remember lines like “He’s the all American bullet-headed Saxon mother’s son”**** But I know it went over alright.
And that’s the thing. Make new fans, do your thing, keep learning and getting better. Success.
Brand New Heartache take the stage after me and I’m a new fan of them too now. I’m chatting with folks and making connections, like you do. Hopefully things work out, if they don’t, then they don’t but so far things look good.
Erin has made dinner reservations for us around the corner and she changes it from two to four people and the four of us scoot over for dinner and great conversation. Me and the three ladies. I do think I look like the guy who is out with his three girlfriends or I look like the gay guy out with his three girlfriends. Table discussion is hysterical and ranges from ex-husbands to kids to perimenopause. So I bring a lot to the discussion.*****
After dinner Laura and Larissa take a Lyft back to their place and Erin and I go back to the 5 Spot. “I feel like you have questions?” I say to Erin. “Oh, so many questions!” And we laugh. We listen to some more music at the 5 Spot before going home.
It’s Sunday morning. Erin and I are packing to leave the Airbnb. We tried to get breakfast somewhere but it’s Sunday morning and all the places are packed. We hug goodbye and she starts her 5 hour drive east.
I go to downtown Nashville and pay $3700 for a parking spot****** and Find Laura and Larissa at Friends in Low Places listening to a band and having a drink. Larissa wants to go to Roberts Western World but they don’t start serving food and drink until noon. I’m psyched to go to Roberts because the music is FANTASTIC. They have the same groups playing for seemingly years here. We get there in time to hear the last few songs of the band that ends at 11:45 and it’s the best kind of Sunday morning service - being in Roberts and having the band close their set with “Any Hank Williams fans here?” And then play a great version of “I saw the light”. And this room, while not as quiet as the 5 Spot last night, is still a listening room on this Sunday morning.
As we’re sitting there Brandon Allen shows up and we have a great catch up. He’s playing today next door at Tootsies for a few hours. Brandon used to play drums with me in The Fallen Stars, we’ve toured together and recorded a few albums as well and now he lives here in Nashville playing drums 7 days a week. I am so psyched for him. I know it’s a shit ton of work, working that much but it’s really just a matter of time before he’s picked up and taken on the road with a bigger act. He was always great but he’s gotten even better.
Tootsies is NOT a listening room and the band is working it. They are great and the folks love them but it’s also a place where I look over at Laura and Larissa and they have their hands on top of their beer bottles. No unattended drinks today.
Brandon is crushing it here. It’s a good hang but I’m beat tired and when my parking expires at 4 I head out of town to see my friend Lara who is putting me up at her place with her mother. On my way there I stop into a Guitar Center - I don’t even know why - but they just happen to have a guitar that I’ve been lusting after for quite some time now there. It’s not like I am about to buy a $9k guitar but it’s nice to play it and clear that idea out of my head. Is it nice? Yeah. Is it $9k nice? No. There isn’t a guitar on earth worth this much.
Three Paragraphs of Guitar Geek Warning:
I’ve hit terminal velocity with guitars. Sure there’s still a couple of guitars out there that I would *like* to own but there are no guitars left that I feel like I *need* to own. This is a shift that has been happening for a while. I mean, I bought a guitar last year that is my Gibson J30’s twin and I had to buy that.******* And I don’t know why I’ve never been happy with an off the rack instrument. Everything I have is customized in some way from how it arrived, whether it’s changing pickups and bridge in my Rickenbackers, to changing the pickups and adding extra pickups to all my acoustics, or making guitars from scratch and reinventing the wheel over and over - I’ve always been on a quest for something unattainable (why can’t I get this Rickenbacker to sound like my Telecaster?!?) and sometimes maybe acting as a crutch to get over some kind of performing shortcoming - but just like my tone quest, I have always been self anazlying as to my own personal “why?”. Why do I do this or that, what’s the purpose?
And I’m not going to make any proclamations like “I’m done buying guitars” or anything but internally I’m trying to be done buying guitars. Yes, there is still one that I’m working on putting together that I have most of all the parts needed to make it happen but right now - I’m kind of tired of the unattainable, unending search. I have gotten rid of a few things in the last year and I will probably get rid of a few more things in the coming months. Nothing that’s worth like a lot of money but things that I have that their unused presence in my life clutters my brain.
This all corresponds with the creation and recording of my new album. I went through guitars and amp combinations trying to find the sounds in my head. There were 5 or 6 amps in my studio and I ended up using 4 in total. Two didn’t even get plugged in. I used my guitars, I used my buddy Doug’s Les Paul Jr and Ron’s ES-355. I thought the Jr would be used more as that’s where my sound used to live but the ES was really the absolute thing on a couple of songs.******** And in my frustration, I would circle through guitars, amps and pedals looking for *that* sound. When you hear the album you likely won’t even notice and that’s kind of the point. I was setting out to find the right guitar, right sound for each song. An Epiphone Casino showed up in my life and became a big part of a few songs. It’s not a guitar that I was ever drawn to but this specific instrument spoke to me and I’m glad I listened.
I can get nearly any tone I want right now, for a while I’m going to be chasing my voice and the songs more.
/end GGW
I haven’t seen my friend Lara since she showed up at a house concert I was doing at Dan Moran’s place in the sticks of New Hampshire. She greets me at the gate and I meet Momma Sue as well as two of the three cats that live here. We sit down on the patio and have cups of tea and catch up. Lara has plans with her friends tonight so I look up a local open mic to go play and I end up at The Villager.
The Villager is a postage stamped sized bar in a nice little downtown area. The stage is immediately to your left when you walk in and the only thing separating it from the rest of the bar is that no one is sitting in the 3 stools in front of the stage. The place is packed. There are 3 open spots on the sign up sheet and they are spot 26, 27 and 9. Which is just odd but I ask, can I be number 9? Sure. They are currently on 5. There’s a whole Open Mic etiquette thing against coming in, signing up for “next”, playing and then leaving so I don’t want to be that guy.
The host is friendly and there’s some fun stuff happening, it’s definitely not the downtown Nashville scene and it’s not anything traditional either. There is some weirdness here. Not bad weird, just off the beaten path weird - and it’s cool. As I’m playing there’s a guy sticking his head inside the door while his hand holds his cigarette outside and he keeps nodding along emphasizing my lyrics with “yeah man” and “right ons” and just grooving along. When I sing “a punk rock house, we all slept on the floor” I hear him loudly say “that’s right!” And it’s a great connection of camaraderie and I feel like I have this somewhat unique ability to walk between worlds with my songs. I can sing in the nice places and folks will appreciate it and I can sing in the dives and folks will dig it and I can play the folk Fests and fit in just as easily.
I didn’t calculate this. I didn’t set out to move between these genres and venues but I have never really felt wholly part of any one scene ever. And maybe I’m 100% wrong but that is how it feels where I’m standing.
Monday morning I am logged into the Bluebird website to get one of the coveted spots for their Monday night Open Mic. Signup happens at 11 am on their website. There are 18 spots available. I am refreshing my phone and ipad starting at 10:57 am. At 11 am I get the screen to register, before I can click “DONE” it’s closed and full. Less than 15 seconds.
I am bummed. Later on I will try to get one of the audience reserved spots and won’t even be able to get that. Shit. I had scheduled my flight home around at least getting to the Bluebird. I decide to go talk to some food about it.
Lara and Momma Sue have some appointments today so I hit up a Waffle House for breakfast. It’s about 11:30 am when I sit down. Prince is playing on the stereo. The staff are sort of moving in time and two very drunk guys are country line dancing to “Take me with U”.
Yeah, it does seem early for all this but I’m on the outskirts of Nashville and it is a Waffle House so…
Jade brings me tea and breakfast. I’m sitting and reading and drunk guy #1 comes up to me and says “<inaudible inaudible, inaudible>” and laughs and winks his eye. I nod my head. “I knew it!” And he leaves. I have no idea but it was a pleasant enough experience.
A few minutes later, as “A Love Bizarre” plays overhead the two of them return and they’re just looking at me and smiling. It’s a touch unsettling but I’ve been in unsettling when I thought it was danger and it is way too early for that feeling. They are conferring between themselves. I cannot understand anything being said even though it is, ostensibly, in English. Finally guy #2 says “Jack White!” And points at me. I shake my head no. He laughs. Guy #1 says “Told Ya!” And then Guy #2 “We knew you was someone famous. We won’t tell nobody.” Guy #1 winks at me and they leave.
I’m famous enough to get recognized but just not recognized as me. It’s going to take a while for me to unpack that one.
I was supposed to have some songwriting collabs this weekend but they kind of fell through and I’m not entirely upset as I am exhausted. I’m drained. There are some of the nicest vintage guitar stores near me and so I decide to visit a couple and just clear my head. (This happened before my GGW epiphany) And I saw amazing, beautiful, incredible guitars at all those shops but I didn’t see a single thing that I wanted or wanted more than anything I already have. That’s a good place to be.
Back at Lara’s, they have bought hamburgers to make for dinner tonight and I have a great hang with Momma Sue and Lara. I rest on the patio, drink tea and get a phone call from someone asking me to audition for a songwriter reality show. (??)
The world continues to be wacky and weird In a beautiful way.
I sleep late into Tuesday morning. Lara is up heading to work at the Zoo where she takes care of the goats. I shower, pack up and decide I will head back to the Waffle House where I am a celebrity. I get the same waitress as yesterday, Jade and she remembers me drinking tea. There is no Prince dance party going on today but everyone is super friendly and I look up the Waffle House twitter account and send a positive thing naming the store number and all that. As I finish sending the tweet, Jade comes over with a free waffle. “Here sweetie, we had an extra. Don’t want it to go to waste.”
I’m Waffle House famous.
*It’s like Messi using only his left foot.
**or stupid
***Just to be clear; I do not hate the Beatles. When I first started playing guitar as snot nosed 16 year old - everyone told me I HAD TO LOVE the Beatles and so I had a knee jerk reaction to being told to love something. Of course the Beatles are amazing but I never felt like me covering a Beatles song was a worthy endeavor. Like, I’m not introducing the Beatles to ANYONE.
****Seriously, that’s a line that just rolls off the tongue!
*****Other topics were covered but I like being funny here.
******Slight exaggeration. Just move the decimal point over two.
*******For those that don’t remember, I have two acoustic guitars that were made on consecutive days back in April of 1990. A Monday and a Tuesday guitar. So, yeah. I had to buy that one.
******** Maybe someday I will find an ES that belongs with me but for now it has not shown up.

January 10, 2024 

Hey everybody,

Just checking in. I've been hibernating a little bit for the past month. Well, not entirely - I did have that show at the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles a couple of nights ago. It was a full on Hollyweird night too with Eric “they took my thumb” Roberts and Dean “Chainsaw from Summer School” Cameron in the audience as well as some other Hollywood actors. I mean, that's cool enough right there!

I'm coming out of my end of year perenial funk and booking stuff. USA Tour happening in April/May and heading back to Europe in September/October again. Oh and I'm making a documentary. I may have told you that already. 

Better update coming soon.

xo

December 11, 2023 

Always lots going on here but I'm about to shut down for about two weeks of holiday type things. 

Before that happens though - here's what's what:

Tuesday, Dec 12, 2023
Instagram Live (here) with Miracle Laurie
10 am PST

Tuesday, Dec 12, 2023
TwoFer Tuesday at Kulak's Woodshed
North Hollywood, CA 

Thursday, Jan 4, 2024
Anaheim Public Library
Featured Speaker/performer
5:30 pm

Friday, Jan 5, 2024
The Hotel Cafe
Lost Angeles, CA 

xo
~Bobbo

October 19, 2023 (Orange County, CA show this weekend, free song, and some updates and what-not)  

Not a lot going on here show-wise. I tend to slow down towards the end of the year as everyone gets consumed by the holidays. That said I do have like 3-5 shows booked between now and the end of the year. One of those is this Saturday, October 21 at The Harp Inn, in Costa Mesa. Our buddy Ace from the band Coyote Moon has been doing these monthly songwriter shows and we'll be going on last, which I know sounds late but not this time. The show goes from 3-6 pm and we're on around 5 pm. Time enough to get a bite, a cold drink and very nearly be home before the streetlights come on. 

Saturday, Oct 21
The Harp Inn
17th St. Costa Mesa, CA
w/ John Surge, Mike Malone, Allendale Road and Coyote Moon. 

Tracy will be joining me and singing and playing as will our buddy and my guitar hero, Danny Ott.  

And if you've been following along, I've got all my albums back up on the streaming sites. It was very much a “Taylor's Version” type of thing. Over the summer I got all my master recordings back from the label that I was on and I am the owner once again of not just my solo work but of The Fallen Stars and Riddle & The Stars albums. So if you go streaming now, or buying online - the dough is actually coming to me (or us in some cases). I don't have a team of folks working on this, it took me quite a while to get all of it up there and working properly but man did it feel good when it was done!

In other news, a music library has reached out to me for a couple of songs that they think might work in some tv/movie placements and even though the deal is “non-exclusive” it's still hard putting the pen to paper again!

My album “October”* has now been out for just over 10 months and still getting good press and radio play around the globe: 
At the Barrier - UK based site
Lonesome Highway - Ireland based site
Folker World - Germany based site
American Songwriter - U.S.A. based magazine
Rocking Magpie Radio and review - based in U.K.

Last weekend I spent at the Far West / Folk Alliance music festival. I played a few times in some of the showcase rooms and had an amazing time hearing great new music and meeting up with friends I didn't even realize were going to be there. My next music biz thing will be the TAXI conference in L.A. and then hopefully getting to Durango Songwriters Expo in February. 

The past two days I've spent writing and editing the book I'm planning on releasing and then next week I start applying to festivals overseas and booking tours for 2024. 

I've been pretty active keeping up the “Bobbo Society for the Arts and Letters” blog page on the website - with tour diaries and all that. 

I think that's it. 

Oh wait! I've also written a dozen new songs that Tracy, Matt and I have been working on in the studio. It's been a few years since the last Fallen Stars release so the next album is going to fly under that moniker. Since we don't have a lot of shows booked in November/December - hopefully we can make some good headway on getting it recorded. 

Today's free song is an instrumental that very few people have heard. It's only on the vinyl release of October and it's not even listed on the album. It's a song I called Granby Row as that's where I was when I recorded it. Click here if you want to see the exact place I recorded it - 14 Granby Row, Dublin.

That's it for now. 

xo
--
~Bobbo
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*I now realize that I should've named the album “Two Days in October” as that's how it was recorded and is a much better name!

October 17, 2023 

I released a new album this year called "October". It is not up for Grammy consideration. I don't know how those things happen. 

"October" was fully and independently released by me. I'm no longer on any record label. I was packing up and mailing out promo copies all over the world to press and radio. There were folks that helped me along the way like Tracy supporting everything I do. When I booked the studio time at Hansa in Berlin, my Mom paid for that studio time, she said it was a birthday present but really it was more than that. I have Patreon's that keep me going and co-writers and all the folks that let me sleep in their spare rooms and couches across the world. And PR in Europe with Peter Holmstedt. 

There's so much timing involved. Right before the pandemic I had 20 or so contracts for placing music in different tv shows and productions and then all of them shut down. I'm not egocentric enough to think that I'm the only one that this happened to - I know it happened to tons of folks working in the industry, my point is that something always feels just around the corner and then it's just...not.

Would I like a Grammy? Of course. Would I like a Grammy nomination? Yeah, that sounds great but I don't see it happening.
A lot of my favorite music never won any Grammy awards. The best thing one can say about the Grammys and being nominated and all that is that there is a sort of validation that goes with it. Many people will listen to music based on what wins and that's good. What's weird is how so many people need something, some piece of art to be validated by awards before they will check it out or agree that it is good. It's been proven time and again that most people do not trust their own tastes until someone else validates them.

When the song "Falling Slowly" from the movie 'Once' won best song at the Oscars in 2008 it felt amazing to watch a journeyman performer, songwriter, street busker Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová take that statue home. It opened up a new world for them. But anyone with two ears could tell that song was an incredible piece of songwriting and deserved to be a hit when it was released in 2006. Glen was 38 years old when this success hit for him, a has-been by most music biz standards.

What's my point? I don't know. It's just hard to be in the music business and try to keep your head up. I've had a good run this past year with "October", it's gotten great reviews from American Songwriter to The Alternate Root to the UK, Ireland, Germany, Italy and radio play across the world. But I can't compete with big budgets. All I have are my songs. 

The brilliance of the time we live in is that it is a level playing field for musicians. We can all release music to the world. My "competition" is no longer just local musicians, my competition for ears, streams and likes is U2, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran. Is it the difference between equality and equity? I don't know but I don't for one second begrudge anyone else their success. 

No one is owed a career in the arts. No one is owed monetary success. I'm certainly not owed anything. 

I also know that I'm at a level of musician that many aspire to. When it's where you are though, all you can see is the next level above where you are. 

Recently I saw someone read from their poetry book, it was from the third volume of poems he had published about Halloween. This dude figured out what he loved and he honed in on it. There was that moment at first of "he wrote three volumes of poetry about Halloween????" But that slowly turned into "He wrote three volumes of poetry about Halloween!!!" There is a niche out there and an audience for just about everything and that's what is absolutely beautiful about art in the modern world right now. 

Currently I'm trying to find my next level.

Non Touring Tour Diary: October 9, 2023 

I'm very fortunate to have gotten all my master recordings back in my own possession and over the last week I have been able to get them back up online and on the streaming sites.
Streaming has it's flaws, no doubt, but it is still the best way to reach more people, larger audience and all that and NOT being on the streaming places can actually work against you in an irritating way. Technology always wins, even when it's evil.
That said, I hadn't really listened to my own music in quite a while but while doing all the uploading and all that - I had to and I'm quite proud of what I've released. Is there a lyric or bad note in there that I'd like to change, yeah probably but that's a whole rabbit hole. The one thing I did want to fix was the intro to the song "Angelia" as the acoustic guitar sounded a bit thin to what I wanted. I knew that if I made any changes to the mix, I'd have to get the song remastered as well and did I really feel like opening that back up?
Well, I did. I didn't do any new recording. I opened up the song and un-muted one guitar part and turned off some compression and the song just seemed to spring to life and be more like I had intended. I turned up Tracy's bass playing and her singing in this song really fill it out as does Brandon Allen's relentless drumming. Travis King stopped by and we cranked up the 4 watt Vox amp and he shredded a great solo.
And I love this song. Typically there's a bit in a song where you're like, I didn't get it exactly right but I really think I did with this one. It's a song about wanting to be a better person. It's about fighting against, not small towns but small town thinking. When I sing it, I travel through my hometown of Billerica, starting at the Center Cafe and driving north past where Grossman's burned down and over the black ice on Boston road in front of where Stan's garage used to be - out to the darkness on the edge of town where we could stare up at the stars and dream of more.
Angelia is not just one person but several that all, in their own way, challenged me and dragged me into the future and to new ways of thinking about life. She is my angel that saved me from a life of small town thinking.
I just got the new master back from my buddy Jason and here it is. I hope you will give it a listen and know that this song really is my life.
 

October 6, 2023 

Well first off, thank you to everyone that wished me a happy birthday yesterday. With all the challenges that social media brings - that is truly one of the most beautiful - being wished a happy birthday from all over the world, new friends and old. Thank you.
 
Today is the one year anniversary of me recording half of my new album "October" in Berlin. With that in mind, I invite you to scroll on over to www.BobboByrnes.com and you can download any of my albums there for whatever amount you want. Zero dollars? Sure. A hundred dollars? Sure. Anywhere in between? Of course. But know that free is also an option on the downloads. 

Today is also BandCamp Free Fee Friday - so if you prefer to use Bandcamp ( https://bobbobyrnes.bandcamp.com/ ) for your downloading - my stuff is there for the listening and/or purchasing.

If you're into streaming - I got most of my albums back up on the streaming sites this past week.  I'm real excited about this as it means all those fractions of pennies are actually coming to me now and not sharing with a label any longer. 

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3YecRNzcRYaMhGBrzwdRfV
iTunes: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/bobbo-byrnes/1052098454
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BobboByrnes

Now I have a couple of wildly different things going on in the next few weeks. 

1) I've been nominated for "Best of the Net 2023" with my poem "favorite photograph" in the Anaheim Poetry Review. I don't know a lot about this one or where to direct you but it's super cool. Thank you to the Anaheim Poet Laureate Wendy Van Camp for nominating me.

2) Next Friday, October 13, I am heading to the Far West Conference in Woodland Hills, CA and have two performance slots happening. This, too, is new to me and I'm really excited to be a part of. It's one of the largest songwriting things in the country and I feel honored to be a part of. 

3) Sunday, October 15, I am hosting a backyard songwriter event here at our house in Anaheim. If you'd like to come to that, please shoot me an email and I will fill you in on the details. But roughly running from 4-7 pm. Ideally, you could bring your own chair and some food or beverage to share. 4) Tuesday, October 17, I'm one of the featured performers of Writers Round OC at Gunwhale Ale in Costa Mesa. A great night of songwriting from the local area. Starts at 7 pm. 

5) Saturday, October 21,  I'm one of the featured performers of The Coyote Moon Presents SoCal Songwriter Showcase at the Harp Inn, Costa Mesa from 3-6 pm. This show may feature more than just me but I don't want to give it away just yet.

Looking further out - I'll be at Bogart's in Seal Beach, Sat, Nov 11. LosCon in Los Angeles on Sun, Nov 26 (Firefly Show!), Kulak's in North Hollywood on Tuesday, Dec 12, The Nightowl in Fullerton on Sat, Dec 16 and finally Thurs, Jan 4, 2024 I will be the speaker/performer at the Anaheim Library Open Mic. 

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February 2021 Playlist:

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January 2021 Playlist

I set up a Spotify playlist of stuff I've been listening to, like Katie Pruitt, Kathleen Edwards, Kasey Musgraves, Great Peacock, Taylor Swift, Old 97's and Rhett Miller.

Dig it here.