PD Bird - Nashville Musicians
Introducing PD Bird
What happens in Nashville, stays in Nashville. Kinda. If you have never had the opportunity to visit Music City and experience the ambience along Broadway, whether upper or lower or everything in between, I highly suggest it.
I visited Nashville for one reason — music. Actually country music, but I was pleasantly surprised with an amazing mixture of most genres. Yes, I even heard rap, soul and they were singing the blues. I was impressed with their drive and desire to fuel their passion — music.
Walking along Broadway the sounds of music pours out into the streets while the alcohol is poured into the chilled glasses inside the bars. Then comes the laughter, the dancing, the new friendships made. What a fine combination — music, dancing, laughter, friends and booze.
So what are y'all waiting for? Nashville musicians are waiting on you to visit so they could entertain you. They welcome song requests and please tip them well, these amazing artists work hard for their money.
PD Bird hails from Charleston, WV a place he still calls home. He currently lives in La Vergne, TN. This cowboy has a magnificent mixture of talent and wit that when combined leads to perfect performances.
Come on y'all and check out PD Bird and allow him to entertain you as we make him shine!
I am a pizza kinda guy. I also love a good steak, preferably one I cook on the grill. Most restaurants just don't get it done right. My momma fixes homemade 7 layer cookies that are killer! I love when she fixes jello cheesecakes with blueberry topping. That's the first dessert I ever remember eating, it's still my favorite. As far as drinks go, I am a diet pepsi or diet mountain dew kinda guy. I also like diet Red Bull over ice.
Does Musical Talent Run In The Family?
My momma is quite a singer. Both of my parents can play the piano, although my dad is a closet musician. My Aunt Cathy is a very talented musician, she can really make those keys dance! My Poppaw Carlos and Mommaw Nadine were both gifted singers, although I can't remember ever hearing him sing live. After he passed, there were some old tapes discovered, these are treasures.
Do You Have a Pre-Performing Ritual?
I like to get there early. It doesn't matter what the event is, I want to be there early so I can relax. People are important to me, I want to make sure I speak to those who are coming to see me. Energy is everything in our business. If I am rushed, I won't be able to get in the zone. I always try to make sure everyone knows how much I appreciate them for being part of my journey. That goes from the venue owners, to the crowd, and especially to the musicians who are playing with me that night.
Musicians That Inspire You?
There are so many. I identify with George Jones and Johnny Cash as men. I feel like I have walked along the same path they have at times. Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds are the musicians who actually got me interested in playing the guitar. I actually got to open for Tim Reynolds and thanked him for that personally. That was a great day in my life.
Who Inspired Your Love Of Music?
My momma. She was the children's choir director at church when I was a child. I can remember her being amazed that I could go up and down the scale as a toddler. I think that was the first time that I impressed her. I hope it wasn't the last.
Have You Been Signed To A Label?
I have only had one offer. I looked at the contract with two lawyers. We all agreed that it was not a good deal. The terms of the deal read something to the effect that I would have to have sold 40K albums before I would make my first dollar. I currently have my album in over 68 countries. Looking back, I may have been ok to go with the label, but I just didn't feel comfortable with it at the time. It was still quite an honor to be offered a contract in the alley behind Ocean Ways Studios on Music Row. The closest I have come to Music Row since that day is the Moose Grooming Salon. April always keeps me looking fresh! That is by far the coolest place I have ever been to get a haircut.
Do You Prefer To Be An Indie Musician?
I am lying if I said I didn't want to be on a label. In theory, that brings instant validation to what I am doing as an artist and a businessman. In reality, most deals come with a loan and no guarantee of stability. Labels are in the business to make money off their artists. I can respect that. As an independent, I can be myself. I can create the music I want to hear. I can also work on my educational program that I believe will truly globalize PD Bird and Friends as a household name.
What Is Your PD Bird and Friends Program?
I have been teaching math for 16 years. I have raised test scores everywhere I have been. I was hired as a professor at 27 for my ability to take complex information and break it down for anyone to be able to understand. I've been working to create a math program to be streamlined into public schools. If the math portion takes off, I have characters for all core subjects ready to go.
Have You Had Vocal Training?
Aside from my momma teaching me as a child, I haven't had any formal training. I seek advice from singers that I really enjoy. In every pursuit of my musical education, I align myself with not only the best in the field that I am studying, but someone I truly enjoy. If I have taken lessons from you, it wasn't on accident (Ryan Kennedy, Alasha Al-Qudwah, Ben Probus and Jason Jordan...you heard it here first!)
Favorite Inspirational Quote
Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you handle it.
What Is Your Musical Muse?
I seek inspiration in all walks of life. Most of my songs are about love in one form or another. Every song I write about is my reality. The inspiration for this journey came from my days as a professor of quantitative analysis at WVSU. I kept telling my students to live their dreams. I realized that I had great intentions, but was a huge hypocrite. I made the decision that I was going to practice what I preach. So here I am in Nashville...LIVING THE DREAM!
Do You Write Your Own Songs?
My debut album "Loving, Losing and Living" is comprised of 100 percent original songs written by myself. There is a song, Sleeping In My Boots, that I had originally written to go over the music of Wagon Wheel, because the girl I had written the song about/for loved that song. I couldn't get anyone to respond to my requests, so I went back in and changed it up enough to avoid getting sued. I am glad I made the changes. You could still hear influences of Wagon Wheel, but it is its own song.
Aaron Fisher went in and truly produced my songs. He did a great job. Some of the songs went a totally different direction than I had intended, but they turned out great. We added Jeffrey Sturms, Ben Probus, Ryan Kennedy and Stan Bumgardner to bring the album to life! It was a great experience.
How Did You Get Started In The Business?
I was going through a deep depression following my divorce. I needed to get my friends together, but I didn't want it to be a sad situation. So I got an idea that if I played a show, people might come out and see me. Turns out that I was right!
Where Do You See Yourself In 5 Years?
Fully embedded in the music industry. I am working on a new album and an educational program to teach math to people who simply don't understand. I have a plan. Think Fat Albert meets School House Rock.
Advice For An Artist Just Getting Started?
Have a plan A, B, C and D. Make sure you can take care of your finances regardless of your success in music. Live your life. Be true to yourself and those around you. Be a good friend. Work as hard as you possibly can - then work some more.
If You Could Perform A "One Night Only" Concert, Where Would That Be?
I would love to do a show at Red Rocks in Colorado. Honestly, I would like to go to Europe and Asia. I befriended a girl named Rani Taj. She is an international Dhol Player who is wildly popular in Asia. I would love to do a show with her. That would be a dream come true for me.
Favorite Toppings On Nachos?
My buddy Tim Dillard makes the best salsa imaginable. I think I could eat it by the gallon. It is by far my favorite, but if I don't have any, you could expect it loaded with pico de gallo, cheese and fresh jalapenos.
Moment In The Spotlight: Random Fun Facts
- Wrestled in high school and is now a Pro Wrestler for IWCW (Independent World Class Wrestling).
- Favorite venue in Nashville to perform is "The Stillery."
- Would like to be the opening act for Chris Stapleton.
- Prefers to portray himself in a movie of his life.
- Thoughts on the evolution of country music - Keep it real!
- Favorite Holiday is Halloween!
- Most memorable moments during his career - Opening for Tim Reynolds (Dave Matthews Band), the first time he performed in Nashville and playing for special needs kids at his school and for shut ins.
- Favorite musicians are Chris Stapleton, Adele, Sierra Ferrell, but his two musician heroes are now gone - George Jones and Johnny Cash. (Possibly PD Bird could fill their shoes.)
- Artists he would like to collaborate with: Dave Matthews, Tim Reynolds, Chris Stapleton and Adele. (I would attend each concert!)
- PD Bird was named Taylor Guitars player of the week back in August 2015.
- He dabbles in bass, the uke, fiddle, percussion, harmonica and keys, but prefers to play the guitar in public.
- Has co-written songs with Neil Curry and Mike "Fish" Fisher.
- Favorite song: #41 by Dave Matthews Band, was the first song that he was taught by Ryan Kennedy.
- First show was in 2012, he's a baby, blazing trails.
- Album "Loving, Losing and Living" is available on iTunes.
- "Don't Wait On The Call" is the most special song he has written and he cannot sing it without crying. (Awe!)
Favorite Song Lyric
"Your momma gonna hate her, but your daddy knows why you date her..." Gypsy Woman by PD Bird
© 2016 Linda Bilyeu
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