In the spring of 2001 something remarkable happened. While recording in Tommy Byrd’s studio, Kathy Street sang a simple harmony along with Tommy’s melody. But what they heard was something unexpected. It sounded almost like three people singing! They knew they were onto something special, and decided then and there to perform together. Byrd and Street was born. Now, their first CD in its fifth pressing, (Stories of Life, Songs of Love), a second one in its third pressing,(Love Broke the Fall), and a third CD releases in 2012, Then and Now, and a 4th released in 2014,they’re still singing with that rare blend. Maybe it comes from the combination of Kathy’s light, almost ethereal sound, and how it meshes with Tommy’s earthy, soulful voice. Who knows. But, however it happens, it happens. And they have now been recognized by the TEXAS MUSIC AWARDS with a nomination for Duo/Group of the Year for 2014 as they were in 2012 and 2009. Kathy was also nominated for Female Vocalist for 2012 based on her performance on Then and Now.
In addition Tommy was recognized by the KERRVILLE FOLK FESTIVAL in 2013, 2011 and 2009 as a NEW FOLK FINALIST in their song competition.Byrd and Street continue to perform at venues throughout the southwest. The singer/songwriter team has appeared on radio and television shows, won numerous songwriting competitions, and were Regional Winners at the Kerrville Folk Festival in 2002, 2003, and 2007 and 2012. January 8, 2003 was declared Byrd and Street Day by Austin Mayor Will Wynn. Byrd and Street were Officially Showcased at the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference in 2004. In 2005 the song Just an Old House from their CD was licensed by the Redman Foundation, a non-profit organization in Watsonville, CA. In 2007 their song My Forever Family became the official song of the Adoption Coalition of Central Texas, and is being used by other adoption agencies around the country. Austin German Shepherd Rescue licensed Let Me Be Your Friend for use in advertising and promotions in 2008. Their album,Love Broke the Fall was #13 in July ’09 on the Folk DJ Chart, made the Folk DJ Top ’09 Albums Chart, and was #21 on the Freeform American Roots Chart, all songs on the CD getting airplay. In the spring of 2011, Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul, and Mary) recorded their song, Let Me Be Your Friend (Lemmie Be Your Friend) to be used for advertising with “Pet Connect” on the east coast.
Their third CD, Then and Now released July 2011 was #27 on the Folk DJ Charts for October 2011 and is on the Texas Roots Chart.In December 2010, Byrd & Street have organized four annual “Mistletoe Jams,” a collaboration of some of Austin’s finest musicians performing to benefit the Adoption Coalition of Texas. Byrd’s song, “My Forever Family” was adopted by the Coalition as well as by other adoption agencies around the country.
“You’ve really raised the bar here for quality performances.” Nancy Allen: Faulkner Library, Conway, AR
“I visited places in my heart that I hadn’t seen for many years; some brought tears of sadness, some brought tears of joy, but one incredible thing is it was all so welcome and well balanced. Tommy Byrd & Kathy Street are one of the best shows I have ever heard.” Alan Vajdos – Rear Window Listening Room in Ganado
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1: What artist would you most love to work with?
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
Depends upon who's playing and what they're playing.
3: What was the worst advice?
Playing for exposure is as good as being paid.
4: What was your first concert?
Byrd & Street first played at BB Rovers in Austin in the early 2001.
5: What/where is the best road food?
Usually, it's Mexican unless you're not in TX, NM, CO, etc.
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
Write what is true for you and it will be true for others as well.
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?