April 21 — Veteran musician Ricky Byrd opened the weekend with the premiere of his latest single.
Byrd, who is most well-known for his work with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, premiered his new single, ‘Alien‘ Friday. Its release came a month after Byrd debuted his then latest single, ‘Glandemic Blues.’
The classic rock leanings expressed through ‘Glandemic Blues’ are just as presented in Alien, but the arrangement in this latest single gives the song its own identity separate from its counterpart. The song’s opening bars present a 4/4/ style beat and sound that was familiar to so much music in the 1950s, and that quickly gives way to more of a Beatles-esque 1960s style and sound.
The arrangement overall is infectious in its own right in regards to its musical arrangement. The song’s lyrical theme adds to the overall interest with its commentary about the fate of mankind.
Byrd said himself, the theme and song overall came about as the result of a dream that he had.
“I had a dream I was at a sit down with a group of Aliens (yeah [Wicked Cool Records Founder Steven] Van Zandt was there too as mediator : ) , and I was trying to buy the human race some more time. Woke up and wrote the tune!”
Along with working with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Ricky Byrd has also spent time on the road with other equally well-known acts, such as Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Smokey Robinson, Steve Miller, Elvis Costello, Graham Nash, Sam Moore, Jimmy Page, Joe Walsh, Alice Cooper, Steven Van Zandt, Mavis Staples, Ian Hunter, and Brian Wilson.
Additionally, he has composed and recorded songs with the likes of The Who front man Roger Daltry.
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