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Jon Byrd

 Jon Byrd’s fourth record, Dirty Ol’ River, started out as simply a way to get a few stray originals recorded, and out into the world.

Without realizing it, 9 months of playing every Tuesday night at Nashville’s Dickerson Pike dive Charlie Bob’s amounted to 9 months of priceless pre-production for Jon Byrd’sfourth recording Dirty Ol’ River. Going into TJ Tunes Studio with Producer Thomm Jutz and with Thomm’s laser focus on capturing the moment, plus some of the regular Byrd’s Auto Parts band, Jon was hoping to track at least 4 songs. That’s a good day on some studio days. What he didn’t count on was that playing these songs— originals, covers, songs of songwriting pals— for the last months made him acutely aware of exactly what he wanted for each song: tempo, phrasing, instrumentation, and so many more production details. By the end of the day they had basic tracks for 9 songs. NINE! Having his rhythm section familiar with most of the songs through live performances, together with their ability to listen to the pedal steel’s and acoustic guitar’s feel on each number as they tracked livegave Jutz and Byrd everything they needed to find the magic in each recording. Much like the critically acclaimed Byrd’s Auto Partsalbum of 2007, Dirty Ol’ Riverhas great originals, songs by two of Byrd’s favorite Nashville writers: Davis Raines and Butch Primm, plus two very cool old country music covers: one penned by Tammy Wynette and one by Steve Young. 

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