BYRD & STREET
" ...real Americana with integrity & soul...a blend that shines"
Four-time nominees for Texas Music Awards (2009, 2012, and 2014) and three- time Kerrville Festival New Folk finalists, Byrd & Street's songs have been recorded by other artists, including Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary.
Audiences are in for a treat with Austin duo Byrd & Street, noted for their “impeccable male/female harmony,.” “solid first-class songwriting and lively stories about their songs.The duo delivers their rare blend equipped with guitar, autoharp, glockenspiel, pianica, and a few percussion instruments. Having made music together since 2001,Their CD’s have made the Folk DJ “Best of Year” Charts, Freeform American Roots Charts, Americana Charts and the Texas Roots Charts.
Before Byrd & Street, Tommy Byrd played with the Geezinslaws, sang harmony on a Willie Nelson recording, was under contract with Stax Record in Memphis and won numerous songwriting awards, including the Song of Austin. Kathy Street sang with various folk and pop groups, a sisters’ quartet and performed in musicals and cabarets. As a duo, Tommy‘s “intelligent well-executed guitar playing” and his soulful voice is a perfect and rare blend with Kathy’s sweet, ethereal harmony.
Their music has been licensed by the Austin Humane Society, Pet Connect, Austin German Shepherd Rescue, Rover to the Rescue, Heart Gallery of Central Texas, adoption agencies throughout the US, the Redman House Foundation, and animal rescue organizations around the US.
Their 2014 release, Words and Music made #8 on the Folk DJ Charts in March 2014 and remained on the charts for 4 months. It also made #2 on the Roots Music Charts and was a featured album of shows on WTBQ, WIOX, KPFT, Nashville Broadcasting, and New Folk Radio.com in Portland. WVPE,Elkhart, IN and WCGS, Goshen, IN. It was listed in "Best of the Year" for 2014 albums, and KEOS included selections in "Favorite Releases" for 3 years.
“If I could only listen to one album for the rest of my life, it would be Byrd & Street’s Words and Music.” Jim Fisher, WGCS Goshen IN
The duo recently released their 5th CD, This Much Is True.
"...poignant, heartfelt…penetrates your soul…a pure joy to hear!” J. Fisher WCGS “...hooked from the first song on… can listen over and over and never tire. ... amaze me with their melodies, vocals and instrumentation.” J. Stein WTBQ
"This album is therapeutic." D. Wheaton KEAN
In 2011, Paul Stookey, (Peter, Paul & Mary) recorded one of their songs, " Let Me Be Your Friend. " (Lemme Be Your Friend) for animal adoption
"This is exactly why I keep playing music on the radio for the past 24 years. I was totally blown away! Byrd & Street are among the best in the US making music out there-hell, in the world! Trust me , I get a lot of music here and this sets the standard for everyone else to shoot for!" Norm Mast WVPE, Elkhart IN
"I visited places in my heart that I hadn't seen for many years; some brought tears of sadness, some brought tears of joy, but one incredible thing is it was all so welcome and well balanced. Byrd & Street played one of the best shows I have ever heard. They climb into the audience's head and heart from the get-go. They set it up, and sing from the heart. " Alan Vajdos, Rear Window Listening Room in Ganado,TX
Tommy took art lessons as a child in elementary school, but only recently did he begin to actively pursue it as part of his career. He works almost exclusively in pen and ink with ink brush or pencil. His subject matter is varied, but mainly focuses on the vanishing way of life in Texas and the South. He has also drawn a number of musicians and commissioned portraits from photos.
His work is displayed in galleries and shops around central Texas, including Smilovici's Galleria in Boerne, Rancho Deluxe in Wimberley, and Texas Vineyards and Beyond in Fredericksburg.