David is set to take on a 9 state Christmas tour with friends William Michael Morgan, Curtis Grimes, and Brian Callihan starting in November. Stay tuned for announced dates.
The October 2020 release of his Neon Town album positioned David Adam Byrnes to finally get his due as one of Texas' best guitar-slinging, country music singing, past-honoring troubadours.
Byrnes' journey dates back to at least his 2008 decision to move from his native Arkansas to Nashville, where he chased his songwriting dreams while learning all he could from Paul Overstreet and other all-time greats.
Hearing rodeo rider turned Reba McEntire collaborator Cody Johnson on the radio and heeding sage advice from Aaron Watson led Byrnes from Music City to Fort Worth. Since calling Texas home, Byrne's built a reputation with George Strait lyrical nod "Tequila Salt and Time," honky-tonk dance floor packer "Beer Bucket List" and other reminders that party songs don't have to be paint-by-number.
We premiered David Adam Byrnes’ song, “Dim Lights, Thick Smoke, And Loud Music” prior to his Neon Townalbum release. Deemed “too country for Nashville,” you’ll want to check it out!
In 2008, a 19-year-old David Adam Byrnes left Arkansas and headed to Music City, ready to follow his dreams and secure a career in the home of country music. Within his five years in Nashville, Byrnes he signed a publishing/record deal, released his debut single “Sweet Distraction,” which peaked at #62 on Billboard and Top 20 on Music Row, took part in Key West Songwriters Festival, and had a few songs lined up to be cut, only for things to not work out. Burnt out by legal ups and downs and the “bro-country” format that he had write songs for to appease the phase that’s taken root in Nashville, Brynes was ready to write what he wanted to write and in 2013 he got back on track, signing a record deal with Silverado Records. Another five years passed, and Brynes found himself in Fort Worth, TX, a city that was no stranger to the type of country music Byrnes was writing. Following the success of two singles (“Tequila Salt and Time” and “Beer Bucket List”), legal battles rose their head again, however as things settled this time around, the whole nation closed due to a worldwide pandemic. Just as his single “I Can Give You One” hit #1 on Texas radio, there were suddenly no honky-tonks to go play it in, but Byrnes didn’t let this unprecedented situation squash his creative juices or desire. On Friday, October 2, Byrnes released his latest and first independently released album Neon Town.
You won’t find any bro-country on Neon Town; the ten tracks ooze with classic country honky-tonkin’ music, just as Brynes intended all the long. From the first note of the title track “Neon Town” your ears are filled with country nostalgia of the 90s. Songs like “Neon Town” “Tequila Salt and Time” make you wanna get on the dance floor, kick-up your boots and get some line-dancing in. Tracks like the visual “Signs” mentally take you through the advertising paraphernalia and traffic stops of small towns and highways, especially for anyone who loves billboards, gas station logos and other insignias, even though the song has a much more somber story: pay attention to those in your life, before you lose them.
The other two previously released singles are also included on the album – “Beer Bucket List,” and I Can Give You One” – as well as his current single “Old School.” Setting the beat with guitar and picking, the song delivers advice that in order to impress a certain girl at the bar – one who has heard every cheesy pick up line under the sun – you have to go back to the old ways of flirting: making her smile and being a gentleman. With this deep twang, Byrnes shows he knows what he’s talking about, invoking the name of one of country’s most well known gentelmen:
If you wanna talk to her well you better have something to say
Something sweet that will make her smile
If you can’t no way she’ll remember your name
There ain’t a pick up line out there that she ain’t heard
From a guy wearing jeans just as tight as hers
To get a girl like that you’re gonna have to step up your game
And throw it on back with some old school moves
I’m talking Conway smooth …
Check out the official “Old School” music video, which premiered on CMT.com
Like any good country record, among the fun and rowdy tracks are serious ballads. “In My Arms” declares Byrnes’ never-ending love for his woman and wishing time would stand still, but for however long in this life that he can control, he will always hold her in his arms. In “She Only Wanted Flowers,” all the material gifts given over the years meant nothing as all she ever wanted was more simple showings of his love for her, like a bouquet of flowers.
The album ends with the traditional bluegrass tune “Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Loud Music.” This track shows Byrnes’ vocal range the best of all while the chorus’ harmonies are phenomenal, supported simply by a strumming guitar. It’s 4:14 of raw, true emotion and talent – symbolic of Brynes himself and his desire to get to this place in his career – and the proper song to end the album with.
Neon Town is available for download and streaming here.
For more information on David Adam Brynes, visit his website at www.davidadambyrnes.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Neon Town Track List:
1. Neon Town
2. I Can Give You One
3. She Only Wanted Flowers
4. Old School
6. Tequila Salt and Time
7. Beer Bucket List
8. In My Arms
9. I Ain’t Seen It Yet
10. Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Loud Music
Pro Country Music [Premiere] David Adam Byrnes Strikes Texas Country Gold with “I Ain’t Seen It Yet” from Upcoming Album ‘Neon Town’-
It’s been a trying few years for David Adam Byrnes. He’s experienced the highs of consistent success at radio and the lows of music industry mayhem. Now that he’s made it out the other side, and with his career now solely in his hands, Byrnes is ready to release his new album, Neon Town, on Friday.
The success of the album’s first three singles, “Beer Bucket List,” “I Can Give You One” and “Neon Town,” all of which skyrocketed to number one status in Texas, cements Byrnes as one of the go-to hitmakers in the Texas country music scene.
Pro Country is proud to premiere track nine on the album, “I Ain’t Seen It Yet,” before the album’s release! Mixing a windows down, driving melody with a lyric that delves into an old flame moving on more quickly than one might hope, this track strikes Texas country gold.
Byrnes has held on to the track for nearly a decade in search of a project on which it would fit. With Neon Town, Byrnes feels he has found it.
“It’s a song I wrote almost 10 years ago and I’ve always loved it, but it never found a home on any of my projects,” says Byrnes. “It fit this record like a glove, and I felt like it truly wrapped this record up perfectly.”
Byrnes says Neon Town is the truest representation of himself that he has ever put on record, and says he is anxiously awaiting the response from his fans.
“It’s the first time I’ve felt like a record 100% represented who I am as an artist and person. It’s country music the way I think it should be represented, and I’m so thankful to Trent, Bart, all the writers and musicians that helped me make it happen,” says Byrnes. “I can’t wait to see what the fans think of it!”
Slapping you square across the face with steel, fiddle, and Telecaster guitar, David Adam Byrnes is here to answer where all the country in country music has gone. And no, it didn’t take flight to “Americana.” You want country damn music? Well here you go. So quit complaining about the latest Sam Hunt single and give this a spin.
There’s a lot of people out there professing the virtues of 80’s and 90’s country these days, but few really know how to dig into the heart of what made that music cool and timeless, and write and perform stuff inspired by that era where it resonates just like that old stuff did. David Adam Byrnes is one of those few. And after a winding road and many false starts, you can consider his new album Neon Town like a mid career debut.
Originally from Arkansas, Byrnes left home in 2008 to make it big in Nashville, TN where he landed a job writing songs and recording for the publishing outfit Better Angels beside guys like Josh Thompson and Ward Davis. But right after things were beginning to take off, his publishing deal fell through. Then in 2013 after catching wind of what was happening in Texas and how he wouldn’t be forced to write Bro-Country to stay alive, Byrnes started pointing his nose in that direction, writing and performing more traditionally-oriented stuff, and eventually moving to Ft. Worth in 2018.
There Byrnes began to find a home for his more traditional-style country music on Texas radio, landing three #1 singles on regional charts (all of which are on this new record, btw). But then legal wranglings with his label Silverado Records resulted in another impasse to him launching a big record in earnest. But here he finally is, assembling some of his best cuts, including many that have already been battle tested over the years, and all of which were co-penned by Byrnes aside from an old standard.
You can definitely hear a lot of Cody Johnson and Arron Watson in the David Adam Byrnes sound, which isn’t by happenstance. He cites these guys as primary influences. But unlike Cody and Aaron, there’s not really any compromise to the contemporary in the David Adam Byrnes sound. This is C-O-U-N-T-R-Y. But yes, as the peanut gallery of cynics will be quick to cite, some of the lyricism will remind you of radio stuff, and a line or two may make you wince. But it’s not David’s fault those knuckleheads on Music Row wore out some of the timeless themes in country music on crappy songs. Sue the guy for writing country songs about beer and neon signs.
Most country fans will dive right in, but even if you want to hate the writing of songs like “Neon Town” and “Beer Bucket List” because they lean too much on lyrical tropes (both which hit #1 in Texas), the strong melody and irresistible mood is just too much to deny. And if you want something more substantive and sentimental, check out the songs like “She Only Wanted Flowers” and “Signs.” About the only time Byrnes may go too far is the toes-in-the-sand Chesney-esque “Tequila Salt and Time,” but even when he’s a bit cheesy, David Adam Byrnes is still 100% country.
Covering the old country standard “Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Loud Music” acoustic style at the end of the set works as a callback to the title track that starts you off, and illustrates that country music has always been about these simple themes, from the 50’s when Joe Maphis first sang the song originally, until the 80’s and 90’s, and up until today.
Too bad it’s not 1992, because if it was, David Adam Byrnes would have a hit record on his hands. As it is, he still does, just one that’s a hit down in Texas. Neon Town is probably not a world-beater, but it sure beats the piss out of that other stuff on the radio. So cue it up and lose yourself in some simple country music goodness.
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by cmt.com staff 9/29/2020
David Adam Byrnes has had his share of hard knocks in the music business, yet over the last few years, the Texas music scene has embraced his appealing brand of country music. With a true honky-tonk sound and prominent supporters like Cody Johnson and Aaron Watson, the Arkansas native is back on solid ground after enduring a couple of bad breaks in the Nashville industry.
Now based in Fort Worth, Byrnes will deliver a new album, Neon Town, on Friday, October 2. Fans of Mark Chesnutt should especially take note (and the Conway Twitty reference in the lyrics is fully appreciated). Enjoy “Old School,” which speaks to tradition in more ways than one, then read our interview below the player.
What do you remember most about the shoot for this video?
I remember the general excitement of shooting my first music video in so long but I was also a little nervous — LOL. Writing songs, recording them, and playing them live is easy and comes natural. Delivering a song on camera can be a little intimidating.
How does the video bring your song to life?
The song is already kind of playful so I thought doing a music video would give the song an identity and deliver it the way I see it, not just hear it. I also thought it helped show a more playful side of my personality.
What message do you hope your fans take away from the video?
As fun as the song is, I just feel men need to get back to being a gentleman and treating women like ladies. It’s as simple as holding or opening the door, picking up the check, and having the overall manners that a man should have towards a woman. Some may call it “Old School.”
How did it feel to see the finished product for the first time?
It felt great. You can have an idea of how something will come out but you just never know until you see the finished product. I thought Dylan’s vision (the director) matched mine perfectly and Kylie (the female lead) and Justin (the male lead) absolutely nailed the main roles. I think it’s a fun song and video for the current times that I hope everyone truly enjoys.
Nashville, TN-(September 22, 2020)-From a small town Arkansas kid to a mainstream songwriting scholarship in Nashville to a return to his independent country music roots, David Adam Byrnes is making the scene in Texas with singles flying up the radio chart. On October 2nd, Byrnes will release his new album “Neon Town,” and for several months its presence has already
been felt with three back-to-back #1 hit singles. His new single “Old School” is well on course to the top of the chart, and the hilarious music video is turning heads as well. CMT.com is set to premiere the new music video on Tuesday, September 29th. In celebration of his new album release, Byrnes is giving away 5 pairs of Durango cowboy boots to a handful of lucky winners who pre-order the album. www.davidadambyrnes.com
He left his home in central Arkansas in 2008 at the age of 19 years old and ambitiously moved to Nashville, TN in an attempt to, like millions of folks before him, 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 with Better Angels, a company that would later represent hit songwriters like Thompson Square, Josh Thompson, Ward Davis and Matt Rogers. His first taste of success came with the release of his single “Sweet Distraction” that hit #62 on Billboard and 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, a talent he previously undervalued having starry eyes only for the stage. When you are a young kid sitting in a room with the picks of the litter among the songwriter society, the sheer enormity of the opportunity is a sobering affair. Monday through Friday, David Adam Byrnes sat in 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 when he circled back to his own personal style of honky tonk country and focused, once again, on the stage. He was soon introduced to Trent Willmon 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.
In 2018, David made the move to the Ft. Worth, TX, a place where his re-donned cowboy hat fit right in. After what seemed like a couple of non-consequential song releases by Silverado Records, they finally released “Tequila Salt and Time,” the perfect audio getaway David and Trent wrote in the early stages of their relationship, the one that solidified that bond. The release acted as a placeholder, an introduction to the Texas sphere, but it was the next release that would grant David his tenure in the great state. “Beer Bucket List” was released in October of 2018, a true Texas salutation if there ever was one. While it was climbing the charts at a break neck speed, the relationship with Silverado started to founder. By February of 2019, David found himself again in a legal battle over his music. The song hits #1 on the Texas Regional Radio Chart amidst the feud and it would be 8 long months before Texas radio would see the next single. “I Can Give You One” was next out of the gate and the song climbed the charts just as quickly as the first. The very week the second single hits #1 in Texas, the virus pandemic hits the world. Shows canceled, album release canceled…life as we know it, canceled. After months of shutdown David decided that the show must go on. On April 10th he released his new single “Neon Town,” the title track to the new album of the same name, and it has also reached the #1 spot. "Neon Town” embodies the entire physique of the album, every song a gem that would crown every honky tonk jukebox nationwide. All of the songs on the new album have been fan tested on the live circuit and were handpicked by that response. “Neon Town” is the come-full-circle thesis on his adventures from small town roots to mainstream cultured and back to his provenance. David Adam Byrnes has earned himself a music business education that just can’t be bought.