In addition to being a musician, Brad is an accomplished and talented artist. His abstract paintings radiate the same sense of peace and calm as his music does. Evoking works by Rothko, his colorful canvases are influenced by his songs. He describes a typical day as: going into his garage studio, running through some songs, looping guitars and creating a soundscape to paint to, and going outside and painting to the loop. Some of the works are named after his songs, and he shares his belief that paintings in many ways are like songs. For me, his pieces radiate the same chill vibe his music does.
During the past couple of years, Brad found his way of life affected by COVID, as many musicians did. A self-described homebody when not on the road, he shared that he didn’t mind being forced to stay home too much, but that putting touring on hold was quite strange for him. “I think my body was naturally used to getting into a vehicle and driving around the country. Ultimately COVID pushed me to create more, and try to capture the essence of the pandemic, which I’d like to believe I did in the EP entitled Where Were You When the World Stopped? All in all, it made me appreciate who my close friends and family are and how fleeting this whole trip really is.”
Through it all, Brad hasn’t stopped creating and sharing his unique brand of feel-good music with the world. During the height of the lockdown, he started doing Facebook and Instagram live-streams, and would jam out virtually from his place in Landers. Those weekly sessions served as a lifeline for many, including my family. They brought some sense of normalcy and assurance and calm, despite the circumstances.
Byrd has major plans for the future. He has a new single coming out on February 11 called, “Go”, which was also recorded at Gatos Trail. He shares, “It’s the first song I wrote out here in the hi-desert, and I’m super excited to share it with the desert community. I even reference “Reche Road” in the lyrics! As much as I’ve loved slowing down and playing around the desert, I do realize that I’m going to need to get back on the road more once this, ugh, pandemic lifts. If it ever really does. That said, we (my management team and I) are looking into a March or April 2022 tour.” He also told me that two of the songs from the Where Were You When the World Stopped? EP will be featured in two major films coming up this year – one of which stars Mickey Rourke and Nick Turturro. Byrd is not only a musical contributor on the film, but also a producer.
Brad Byrd is a perfect example of the major talent we are privileged to have in the Morongo Basin. It’s a good thing he chased down the sun to the desert, and I hope he continues to make it his home for many moons to come!
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