Bobbo Byrnes is a storytelling singer/songwriter, a throwback to a bygone era of mix tapes and AM Gold. Bobbo read too much Kerouac as a youth and though he no longer hitchhikes he is still a vagabond at heart seeking to continue on his path – singing and strumming, learning and sharing stories, and connecting with people.
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Where are you based?
In a van down by the river. (SoCal by way of Boston)
How long have you been making music?
All but the first 15 years of my life. Long time now.
What genre would you consider your music to be?
Americana-ish? Americana is a big tent. Maybe Americana Rock? Post-Industrial-Revolution-Pre-Neo-Escapism-Existential-Dread-Singer-Songwriter-Rock Is that a thing?
What inspired you to pursue a career in music?
The idea of being a traveling troubadour, going from town to town, learning new stuff and moving on really appealed to me. Playing guitar has opened many doors that would not have been open to me otherwise.
What are your biggest musical influences?
I kneel before the alter of Springsteen, Strummer and Westerberg but lately a lot of Kathleen Edwards, Blue Rodeo, Kacey Musgraves, Jason Isbell, Einstürzende Neubauten, Suzie Ungerleider, Charlie Collins, Foo Fighers, Taylor Swift, Phoebe Bridgers – so much amazing music out there.
Are you signed to a label or are you an independent artist?
Hmmm, maybe? I think they went out of business last year. I’m planning on signing with Entertainment 720.
What have been the biggest challenges in your music career?
Cutting through the noise. Folks dig it when they hear it but getting to a place where people actually hear what you’re doing is still the struggle.
How many songs or albums have you released to date?
Four solo albums in the past 4 years. Five or so albums with my band The Fallen Stars. Two albums with Riddle & The Stars. Oh, and two other solo albums a while back. How many is that? I was told there would be no math.
Can you tell us a few things about your latest release?
I had been on the road for several months of 2019 across the U.S. and Europe and made an album about being home. Previous to making this album I had been playing a lot of house concert type shows and really enjoyed the vibe of that so I tried to capture that feeling on record. The last one was made across the states, this one was all in one place and focused the experiences of that traveling to being home.
Any plans for new music or upcoming projects we should know about?
The vinyl release of SeaGreenNumber5 is happening on Record Store Day in July and features an additional EP of songs that were too rambunctious for the album. I’m also booking new tours starting with a return to Europe in September 2021.