Except for a six month hiatus towards the end of 2011, Byrne has been the bassist for the Stephen Cochran Project (formerly Stephen Cochran & The New Country Outlaws) since October 2006. As a member of Cochran's band, Byrne has toured the country multiple times opening up for a who's who of today's country music stars.
Byrne met Steve Rutledge in 2011 when they were both hired to play some CMA Music Fest shows with country artist Courtney Dickinson. A few years later, Byrne found out that Rutledge was auditioning bass players for his own project, and joined Steve Rutledge and the Groove Evolution in April 2014.
When not committed to shows with his regular bands, Byrne enjoys the opportunity to work as a freelance bassist throughout the south. He has performed with Courtney Dickinson, Larry Bagby, Mirka, Marion Grace, Stephanie Layne, and Chris Peters.
Byrne founded Nostalgic Distortion in October 1994 during his first year at Plymouth State (University) in Plymouth, NH. The band was active for ten years until Byrne moved to Nashville in October of 2004. Nostalgic Distortion will be performing a special 20th anniversary reunion show on October 17th, 2014 at the band's old stomping grounds, the Lucky Dog Tavern & Grill in Plymouth, NH.
As my brand new blog started the day after election day - my first post is a little election/bass humor bit. Enjoy!