2022 has been a whirlwind year for country music artist David Adam Byrnes. A consistent flow of song releases along with a tour schedule that has nearly doubled has kept the young artist in an uninterrupted state of “ready, set, go.” It’s been a long and satisfying journey starting in 2008 when a 19-year-old Byrnes ambitiously left his hometown in Arkansas and moved to Nashville, TN in an attempt to deliver his brand of country music to the great Music City, and secure a budding career as a music artist. Within his first year he signed a publishing deal/record deal and spent years in writing rooms with some of the town’s best songwriters. His first taste of success came with the release of his single “Sweet Distraction” that hit #62 on Billboard and the Top 20 on Music Row, which was the highest debut from a new act that year. He became a quick study in the art of songwriting, something he was very adept at from the start, yet he always had starry eyes for the stage. Monday through Friday, David Adam Byrnes sat in writing rooms pumping out the kind of songs that were groomed for the country music charts. A coveted spot at the Key West Songwriters Festival and performing with guys like Paul Overstreet and Keith Stegall, before he knew it he had an impressive catalog of tunes, 5 of which that were spoken for by a handful of Nashville artists, and destined for the top of the charts. Just as the stars were moving into perfect alignment for him, the publishing deal collapsed, and though he had another deal on the table, he wasn’t able to sign due to ongoing legal issues, and so those 5 magical cuts were, as they say often in the songwriter circles, “healed.”
In 2013 a new chapter began. Now a free man able to ditch the “bro country” songs he had been writing to satisfy the Nashville appetite, he circled back to his own personal style of honky tonkcountry and focused, once again, on the stage. He was soon introduced to Trent Willmon who produced Cody Johnson, and the two began a songwriting relationship that would become so much more. Soon after, Silverado Records came knocking, and with a new record deal back on the table, David and Trent joined forces on the recording front and went to work on his new album. The pairing could not have been more perfectly matched. Every aspect of the writing and recording was a continuous stream of harmonious flow, each song perfectly rendered to define his true artistry. With Willmon’s help and influence David snagged several opportunities to open for Cody Johnson and the buzz about Texas quickly swarmed him. Reoccurring comments from his peers about how he belonged in the music scene that nurtured artistic authenticity began to take root. The proverbial straw came from Aaron Watson himself when he told David after a show together that he should not waste another minute in Nashville, and to get down to Texas immediately.
In 2018, David made the move to the Ft. Worth area, a place where his re-donned cowboy hat fit right in. Byrnes spent years fighting his way back to himself as an artist by rewiring his brain to write the songs he lived and felt instead of the formulaic scramble to pen the next “big thing.” Ironically, every single he has released have all hit #1 on the Texas Regional Radio Chart making DAB the only artist to ever accomplish such a feat in the chart’s 18 year history.
“I had to get back to me,” Byrnes explains. “Had to get back to why I love country music. I’m so much happier doing the music I truly love, and when you find yourself in music, people seem to take notice.”
In September 2022 Byrnes celebrated his seventh straight #1 hit single “One Honky Tonk Town” off his forthcoming album “Keep Up With A Cowgirl” that will be released by Reviver Entertainment Group. DAB co-produced the album with Bart Busch and features some of his #1 hit singles and a few never before heard songs, a couple of those very dear to his heart. “I Find A Reason” is his favorite, a song he held expressly for this album and the most streamed song on Spotify. “Like I’m Elvis” is a direct connect to his heart having always dreamed he would find that person who would love him unconditionally, which he found in his fiancé Amanda whom he will wed in 2023. The song was also recorded by Air Supply frontman Russell Hitchcock on his 2011 album “Tennessee: The Nashville Sessions.” The title-track brought Durango Boots into the mix who partnered with Byrnes on the music video that was premiered by Cowboys & Indians Magazine. The video stands as a celebration of the National Day of the Cowgirl and featuresreal life video of their Team Durango professional female athletes including Stevi Hillman (barrel racer), Jordon Briggs (barrel racer), Lisa Lockhart (barrel racer) and Kelsie Domer(breakaway roper). Add in the four acoustic tracks for ambiance sake and the one throwback cover that Byrnes puts on every album, “Keep Up With A Cowgirl” is sixteen tracks long of pure country music delight.
A lot of attention is being paid to DAB these days with 10 million total streams, over 100,000 social media followers, and a double win at the 2022 Arkansas Country Music Awards as Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. Wide Open Country hit the nail on the head when they branded him “Artist To Watch” in 2021.