Ricky Byrd, Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee (2015 with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts), originally released Sobering Times(Kayos Records) in September 2020. Initially available as a limited release on RickyByrd.com, Sobering Times will now be distributed worldwide to retail outlets and digital platforms via a new partnership with BFD / The Orchard. The lead-off single “Together” — The Coolest Song In The World in Little Steven’s Underground Garage in December 2020 – is out today.
A slice of Rock ‘n’ Roll with a message of recovery, Sobering Times connected with listeners in unprecedented ways. With the COVID-19 lockdown proving to be an unexpected hurdle for those struggling with addiction; many fans reached out to Byrd, stating the album inspired them to stay clean and sober while weathering the pandemic, through his honest reflections of the depths of addiction and triumphs of recovery.
Byrd delivers this message through straight-ahead three-chord Rock ‘N’ Roll. On Sobering Times, he enlisted the help of several of his fellow rock brethren: Willie Nile, Liberty DeVitto, Steve Holley, Thommy Price, co-producer Bob Stander, Rich Pagano, Jeff Kazee, and Christine Ohlman.
“With music and lyrics we press on and pass it on….that being said, BFD are the perfect company to help spread this rock’n’roll recovery message to the masses,” says Byrd. “This partnership marks the next chapter of Sobering Times.”
“We are thrilled to release this great new album from Ricky and the BFD team is proud to partner with him” states Founder / CEO of BFD Bob Frank.
1. Quittin’ Time (Again)
3. Hear My Song
5. I Come Back Stronger
6. Starlit Night
7. Recover Me (feat. Willie Nile)
8. Ain’t Gonna Live Like That
9. Pour Me
10. The Bottle Let Me Down (Merle Haggard)
11. Life Is Good
12. Just Like You
ABOUT RICKY BYRD:
Although best known for his time with The Blackhearts, Ricky Byrd has also recorded and played with Roger Daltrey, and toured with Ian Hunter and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, respectively. He is also proud to have shared stages with such music royalty as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Alice Cooper, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, Smokey Robinson, and Mavis Staples, among others.