Flip on a classic rock station anywhere in America, and you’ll hear Ricky Byrd. This NYC native supplied the chunky, eternally air-guitar-inspiring power chords on Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll,” and while that song is hardly his sole accomplishment—he’s toured with Mott the Hoople’s Ian Hunter and Roger Daltrey, among others—it’s a good summation of his life. So is Lifer, his solo debut, a love letter to Hoople, the Stones, the Faces and the American blues and soul artists who inspired those U.K. peacocks. Byrd doesn’t fly far from his influences—dig those Keith Richards riffs and streetwise lyrics—but he’s right where he belongs, putting another dime in the jukebox, baby.


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