Like most great Blues artists, Paul Byrd started singing in church as a young boy. When he saw Elvis Presley on TV at the age of four, he knew what it was he wanted to be when he grew up - an entertainer. He started right away doing Elvis impersonations first in his babysitter's beauty shop and then on to bigger and better venues such as school talent shows where he won first prize trophies. At the age of 14 Byrd picked up the guitar and began teaching himself to play from books and listening to records. While attending Texas A&M University, Byrd made some friends in the guitar club - one of which introduced him to the music of Stevie Ray Vaughn. Vaughn's music was a return to the music of Elvis he grew up with. Byrd immediately immersed himself in all forms of Blues from Charley Patton to Hendrix and all in between.
Paul Byrd played his first paying gigs right there in College Station, Texas. From there his career has taken him from Alaska to Los Angeles to New York and all points in between where he opened shows for ZZ TOP, Otis Rush, Bo Diddley, the Fabulous Thunderbirds and many others. In the Fall of '02 Byrd made his first trip overseas to the United Kingdom where he played in England and Wales and was well received.
Byrd's style is his own - reminiscent of BB King and the Memphis/ Chicago sound of the '60s. A unique entertainer, Byrd seems to draw in the crowd and play his Blues for them in such a way that everyone feels he was singing just for them. He captivates the audience from the first note to the last with smooth vocals and clean guitar lines.
Byrd recorded his first self-release in Anchorage in 1998 and his second album was released March of '03 on Bluestone Records out of Los Angeles.
Byrd graced the cover of Southwest Blues Magazine in April '03 and was nominated for “Blues Artist of the Year” for the 2003 Fort Worth Weekly Awards. He was also voted the "Best Band in 2003" by the punters at the "Blues Dragon Club" in Cardiff, Wales.
Otis Rush’s Band - with Otis in the audience
The Denise LaSalle Band
Chuck Rainey (Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan, too many to list)
Mickey Jones (Drummer for Johnny Rivers, Bob Dylan, and Kenny Rodgers and The First Edition,Hollywood Actor)
Bill Bateman (The Blasters, The Red Devils)
Uncle John Turner (Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughan)
Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets w/ Sam Myers
The Smokin’ Joe Kubek Band
Studebaker John and the Hawks
Opened Shows For:
ZZ TOP (Rhythmeen tour '97, XXX tour '99)
Bobby Blue Bland
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers
Roomful of Blues
Lou Ann Barton
Nominated for Blues Artist of the year, 2003, 2004 Fort Worth Weekly awards
1998 Paul Byrd & the Escalators
2001 Christmastime in Cowtown Vol. 2
2002 Christmastime in Cowtown Vol. 3
2003 Johnny Mack - Gave Myself the Blues
2003 Paul Byrd - Without Further Adieu