This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on FRIDAY, SEPT. 25th @ on 89.1FM-The Lakeshore
This edition's MUSICAL GUEST is classic rock guitar great, Ricky Byrd, a former member of Joan Jett's Blackhearts and a popular and in-demand side and session player with a cavalcade of other top stars.
On this program, Byrd will talk about his long career -- from his first recordings with the band Susan (RCA), to his years with Jett as a Blackheart, to working with other rock icons including, Roger Daltry. In addition to the music, Byrd discusses his work as a rehab counselor and public speaker and his mission to help others in battles with addiction. This show was done live on Byrd's own 33rd anniversary of sobriety.
Songs from Byrd's latest solo album, "Sobering Times" are heavily featured, although a few others from various parts of his career are also heard. This program marked the world debut of new songs from Byrd's "Sobering Times," released worldwide the morning this show was first broadcast. More at: www.rickybyrd.com.
If you missed this full 2 hour Lakeshore Public Radio program with the amazing rock guitarist RICKY BYRD on "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" when it first aired, click and listen.
Ricky is not only a great guitarist (just listen to the tunes featured on this show!), but also a great person who is helping others through addiction issues.
While some might assume Byrd's music might have softened because of age and sobriety, think again! Just listen to the tunes featured on this program from his brand new solo album, "SOBERING TIMES."
Byrd is certainly NOT at all preachy as one discovers during the course of this awesome interview and music spotlight, but Byrd is certainly at the ready to throw a life line to folks who have decided they are ready to follow his path to a cleaner lifestyle.
Being sober has not watered down Mr. Byrd's ability to kick ass! This guy still rocks with the best of them. While Byrd has left a lot of great music in his wake, his more recent solo albums feature some of his best work ever.