Summer Mix Tape: Brian Byrne

July 1, 2011

Track 3 on the Summer Mix Tape comes from Corner Brook music veteran Brian Byrne.  Known across the country from his time in alt-rock group I Mother Earth, and now as a solo artist, Byrne has become a greatly successful performer that must be mentioned in a conversation of Corner Brook music.

Originally from Steady Brook, Brian Byrne began playing in bands at just 13 years old, fronting a hair metal group with friends from Corner Brook. As Byrne got older, he moved to Toronto, where he stayed involved with music, playing in several more bands when was eventually selected as the lead singer of I Mother Earth in 1997.  He began playing live shows with the band in 1998 and sang on IME’s last two records.  After the band was dropped from its’ record label and subsequently split up, Byrne began a solo career writing and recording his own brand of rock music, incorporating elements of folk and country.

Brian Byrne’s first solo album, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and if it Rains, holds a catchy rock tune called Far From Good.  The song got heavy airplay not just on local radio, but on stations across the country, while the album hit number 1 in the rock n’ roll hot beds of Belgrade and Israel.  Far From Good‘s opening riff leads through rockin’ verses, to an infectious chorus that you’ll be singing for days.  The song’s slide guitar line weaves smoothly around the reflective and curious lyrics, while the song settles in to a steady groove.  No proper mix tape is complete with out an ultra catchy tune that you just can’t forget; Brian Byrne’s Far From Good could just be stuck in your head all summer…

Check back on next Friday as the Summer Mix Tape continues!

Lead photo by Leon Switzer