"A superbly talented songwriter… on a par with other Americana stars like Prine, Snider, Crowell... a fine representation of one of the best songwriters and stylists today.”
"Mature songwriting is married to some classy playing, whilst Jon's warm, slightly gruff but very relaxed singing holds the centre. ... Though he sings of heartbreak and regret, there's something enormously reassuring about Jon Byrd's music, a refuge in troubled times."
"Smooth, affecting, classy country… mature experience to match the vocal finesse."
"A mixture of Americana and country and is spellbinding showcasing a true genius at work."
"The thing about Byrd is that he has a well-worn and rough voice that could draw a comparison to a more countrified Leonard Cohen."
“Byrd’s roots are in Alabama. His music is enriched by this part of his heritage and he performs his songs with humour, skill and sincerity. ”
"The vocals on Byrd’s new R.S. Fields-produced album have the graciousness of Don Williams along with traces of Willie Nelson’s free-as-the-breeze delivery. To put it another way, Byrd’s an understatedly great singer. And the songwriting applies a fresh, sharp, Southern vocabulary. He’s understatedly great at the writing part, too."
"Down At The Well Of Wishes, is well-structured, full of lovely guitar touches and brimming with clever, mordant songs, This Byrd is more than a sideman. He can fly"
"AMERICANA THE WAY IT WAS AND THE WAY IT SHOULD BE ~~ His vocal sound-- a touch of Haggard here and a smear of Willie there-- is wonderfully dated, old Opry and much the better for it. His original songs, such as Jackknife and Reputation, sound like old friends."
"It wouldn't take the 'Perfect World' Jon Byrd sings about with such wistful, regretful finesse on this disc for more people to know him as the terrifically accomplished, versatile country singer he is."
"Even in the rootsy arena of country musicians full of reverence for the genre's past, crafting new music doesn't have to be a regurgitation of worn clichés. On his debut, Jon Byrd proves it. A stunning country album that's as traditional and timeless as they come."
"When you open the mail and find a record like Jon Byrd's Byrd’s Auto Parts, for a moment things seem right with the music world."
"BEST LOCAL COUNTRY, OFF THE ROW ~~ The string-bending excellence is expected; what surprises is the penetrating power of his pen and entertaining quality of his voice."
"The surprise of the listening session was JON BYRD. His CD shows it's time for him to step out of the shadows and as a sideman. A well-deserved DISCovery Award."