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Billy Byrd was most known for his guitar work with Ernest Tubb’s Texas Troubadours. His straightforward solos in that band reminded all of us that melody is king. Billy’s solos would usually quote the vocal melody while adding simple ornamentation and harmonization by using the interval of a 6th for good measure. He was one of the first electric guitarists to really make a name for himself. This was largely helped by Ernest Tubb calling his name before every solo, which definitely added to the excitement and anticipation of a Billy Bird solo. He went on to play sessions with many other artist including Little Jimmy Dickens, Eddy Arnold, and Webb Pierce. Billy Byrd and Hank Garland worked closely with Gibson to develop the iconic Byrdland archtop guitar.
Billy has a couple instrumental records available, all worth hearing, especially his record I Love a Guitar.
This lick comes from a great compilation record called Tennessee Guitar, from Billy’s contribution called "Gibson Girl". Here we're looking at a lick he uses over the V chord, or a D7 chord. Notice how Bill outlines the E minor triad and the A minor triad to bring attention to the extensions of the D7 chord.