Stay a While
For more than 30 years, Byron Hill has been a professional songwriter, with songs that have generated more than 575 recordings, earned seventy-seven RIAA certified Gold and Platinum awards, ten ASCAP awards, twenty-four U.S. and Canadian top-ten chart hits, including nine #1 hits in various markets. His songs have been recorded by a list of artists that includes Ray Charles, Alabama, George Strait, Kenny Rogers, Anne Murray, Juice Newton, Joe Nichols, Randy Travis, Keith Whitley, Gary Allan, Rhonda Vincent, Johnny Lee, Tracy Byrd, Neal McCoy, Doc & Merle Watson, Trace Adkins, Asleep At The Wheel, John Michael Montgomery, George Jones, Toby Keith, Gene Watson, Porter Wagoner, Reba McEntire, Sammy Kershaw, Ed Bruce, Gord Bamford, Brooks & Dunn, Hank Thompson, Mila Mason, The Road Hammers, Bill Medley, Blackhawk, Conway Twitty, Highway 101, Jeff Bates, Barbara Mandrell, Mel McDaniel, Rhett Akins, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ricky Van Shelton, The Whites, Mike Dekle, The Seekers, and many others. Some of Byron's best known hits are 'Out Of Your Mind' by Joe Sun (1980), 'Pickin' Up Strangers' by Johnny Lee (1981), 'Fool Hearted Memory' by George Strait (1982), 'Nights' by Ed Bruce (1985), 'The Pages Of My Mind' by Ray Charles (1986), 'Born Country' by Alabama (1992), 'Alright Already' by Larry Stewart (1993), 'Lifestyles Of The Not So Rich And Famous' by Tracy Byrd (1994), 'High-Tech Redneck' by George Jones (1994), 'Over You' by Anne Murray (1995), 'If I Was A Drinkin' Man' by Neal McCoy (1996), 'Politics, Religion And Her' by Sammy Kershaw (1997), 'The Strong One' by Mila Mason (1998), 'Nothing On But The Radio' by Gary Allan (2004), 'Size Matters' by Joe Nichols (2006), and numerous top-10 hits by 2008 CCMA Award winning Canadian artist Gord Bamford, including 'Blame It On That Red Dress' (2007), 'Stayed Til Two' (2008), and 'Postcard From Pasadena' (2008). 'This album marks my thirty years as a professional songwriter. I moved to Nashville from North Carolina on Saturday, May 13, 1978, with a hundred or so songs, a thousand dollars in my pocket, and a borrowed car. I'm still doing what I love, and for that I am so grateful. Thank you to all my family, my co-writers, my friends, and to the artists who have recorded my songs.' -BH Musicians on tracks 1, 3, 6, 8, 9, 11: Paul Scholten (drums and percussion), J.T. Corenflos (electric guitar), Mike Rojas (piano, keyboards, and organ), Dave Pomeroy (electric bass), Byron Hill (acoustic guitar, keyboards, timpani, all vocals). Musicians on tracks 2, 5, 7, 10, 12: Paul Scholten (drums and percussion), Glen Duncan (mandolin, acoustic guitar), Pat McGrath (acoustic guitar), Terry Smith (upright bass), Tommy White (dobro), Byron Hill (acoustic guitar, all vocals). Terry Smith of The Grascals, courtesy Rounder Records. Musicians on 'You Ain't Chet Yet': Billy Panda (acoustic guitar), Byron Hill (acoustic guitar, all vocals). REVIEWS 'I love Nashville songwriter albums. Byron's is a 12-tune dandy showcasing his burnished baritone in wonderfully produced tracks. The title tune is a gentle, winning, mid-tempo invitation to romance that's as warm as a hearth. Over the years, he's won 10 ASCAP Awards and had more than 575 cuts. "Fool Hearted Memory," "Nothing On But The Radio," "Pickin' Up Strangers," "Lifestyles Of The Not So Rich And Famous," "Born Country" and "Size Matters" are all in his vast catalog. So the man knows what he's doing. Highly recommended.' -Robert K. Oermann, Music Row Magazine 'DIY artist Byron Hill celebrates 30 years as a songwriter with Stay A While, a warm collection that includes engaging reminisces about the early days ('Blame It On Kristofferson', 'You Ain't Chet Yet') and gentle love songs (the snappy 'More Where That Came From' is my favorite). Even after nearly 600 recorded songs and dozens of awards, it's clear that a grateful Hill is still as excited about creating music as when he rolled into Nashville, in a borrowed car, all those years ago.' -Caroline Davis, Performing Songwriter Magazine 'Fave tracks - 1,3,4,6,9. Great album with 'Blame it on Kristofferson' and 'The Photograph' my pick of the 12 tracks' -Robert MacMillan, Nevis Radio, UK 'Nashville songwriter Byron Hill is one of the most decorated songwriters from the past quarter century, with his songs recorded by the Who's Who of Country Music (George Jones to George Strait and everyone in between; and he has also played a key role in the Canadian country scene with his songs and with his production work, most notably with Gord Bamford, earning Hill a Producer Of The Year win at the 2008 Canadian Country Music Awards. It is surprising he can find time to make his own records...but luckily for fans, Stay A While marks his third such project.' 'Stay A While will definitely keep you entertained and make you want to stay for more than just a while. The album contains a wide variety of musical styles - there's a jazz scat/swing tune in More Where That Came From; a cabaret touch to Once You've Been To The Moon, a haunting story song in That Old Car, a little bit of extra bite in The Dream Comes True; and some melancholy in My Daughter's Father....heck there's even a hint of bluegrass in All The Home I Need, with Byron's vocal on that tune comparable to what Don Williams gave us for so many years.' 'Two songs in particular demand special attention. Blame It On Kristofferson is a tribute of sorts to one of Byron Hill's songwriting influences, Kris Kristofferson; while You Ain't Chet Yet, is another fun tune which honors the work of the late guitar master Chet Atkins.' -Larry Delaney-Country Music News/Canada 'The CD of Byron Hill "Stay A While" I used the month April as the CD of the month. "Stay A While", "My Daughter's Father", "Blame It On Kristofferson" and "The Photograph" are my favourites but I like "All The Home I Need" too. In the future I will play more. I think it is a very good CD.' -Bart Van Der Pol, RTV Radio, Holland 'Fave cuts - 4,7,10,11. A most enjoyable album.' -Phil Walsh, CRMK Radio, UK Fave cuts - 2,3,5,10,12. I featured this album on my show on April 20th. A very good record indeed.' -Gordon Davies, Radio Maldwyn, Wales 'Fave cuts - Life's a Ditch and Blame it on Kristofferson, A wonderful CD. All tracksbeautifully crafted as one would expect from a songwriter of Byron's calibre.' -Andy Reeves, Rocket FM, UK 'Fantastic CD, Just perfect for my show' -Alan Jones, Radio Ceredigian, Wales 'Byron has an excellent voice. 12 really good tracks.' -James Pearson, BBC Radio Shetland, UK 'A very good CD' -Max Achatz - Country Jukebox magazine, Germany 'Fave tracks - 1,5. This is a good album' -Eric Pimlatt, Cheshire FM Radio, UK 'Fave cuts - 3,5,9,10,12. I enjoyed the album very much' -Helen MacPherson - Moray Firth Radio, UK 'Fave cuts - 3,10. The whole CD is well presented and very good. All tracks are worthy' -Tony Crooke - Radio Stafford, UK 'Fave tracks - 2,3,4,5,7,8,10. It was difficult to make a choice because all tracks are really nice!' -Jean-Luc Ducroux, RQQG Radio, France 'Very good album. Favourite tracks...3 (Blame It On Kristofferson) and 12 (My Daughter's Father) -Spencer Leigh, BBC Radio Merseyside, UK 'Track 8 (That Old Car) is my favourite but all will be in my box for a long time being played' -Ricky Lee, WCR FM Radio, UK 'Likeable lyrics and gorgeous melodies. Smooth vocals too. Overall a great delight. Excellent album from Byron Hill. Will be playing 'All The Home I Need' this week.' -David Callister, Manx Radio, Isle of Man 'It's an excellent album. I will play most tracks but my favourite is 'Once you've been to the moon'. -Tommy Truesdale, West Sound Radio, Scotland 'Nice warm feeling on this one' -Alan Watkiss, UK Country Radio, UK 'I loved this. A very enjoyable album. A lot of his songs would suit someone like Don Williams. Very smooth and relaxed.' -Jackie Blair, Scottish Country Music & Dance Magazine, UK 'Very pleasant track. An album of well crafted songs with heartfelt feeling. Excellent!' -Graham Lees, Creative FM, UK 'Nice easy on the ear music. Super easy-on-the-ear vocals with first class guitar work and backing' -John Brookfield, Pathfinder Magazine, UK 'Should get plenty of plays' -Barry Dixon, Now Dig This Magazine, UK 'Excellent' -David Smith, Thatcham Radio, UK 'Well done Byron - this is quality' -Aksell & Dorren Christensen, STVNS Radio, Denmark 'Enjoyable. A lovely piece of work' -Brian Sharman, Wycombe Radio, UK 'Very good track' -John Craven, BCM Radio, UK 'Will add to fan base for sure' -Al Field, Triple U FM Radio, Australia 'His best recording 'til' now' -Max Achatz, Country Circle Magazine, Germany 'This is super' -Erwin Schapendonk, Centraal FM, Holland 'Great voice, classic song' -Alan Priestley, Linedance DJ, UK 'Really enjoyed this' -Arno Bierings, Eagle Radio, Holland 'Great track' -Jean & Ted Munslow, Linedance DJ, UK 'Nice easy listening, quality voice' -Ian Bell, TD1 Radio, UK 'Beautiful' -Jackie Storrar, CMR Nashville, UK 'Fave tracks - 1,3,4,7,12. This is really good.' -Lee Williams, CMR Nashville, UK 'It's about time this guy got some recognition. This is excellent - I want him as a guest on my show' -Paul West, Hope FM, UK 'Nice song, smooth voice and production. Fave cuts - 5,3,1,9,10 (in order). Excellent album - I really enjoyed it. I love the production on it - subtle, and not over produced - a real pleasure. I've been playing the tracks several times on my show and he's my favorite male act of the year so far.' -Marie Crichton, BBC Radio Shropshire, UK 'Great song, great vocal, music is terrific' -Gerry Ford, Country Music & Dance Magazine, UK 'Enjoyable' -Alan Potter, Tempo FM Radio, UK 'Nice track' -Tony Crooke, Radio Stafford, UK 'Cozy sound' -Otto Waldoft, Radio Gladsaxe, Denmark 'Very likeable' -Petur Rouch, Faroya Radio, Faroe Islands 'Very pleasing effort. Fave cuts - 1,3,4,5,8,9,10,11 Well written songs which are produced well and the vocals are great too.' -John Morris, Trust AM Radio, UK 'Nice laid back music. He may certainly stay for a while!' -Jaap de Geus, Radio Exxact FM, Holland 'Quality with a capital Q' -Tom Lambert, Variety Radio, UK 'Nice delivery. Fave tracks - 1,9,10,12. Very pleasant' -Stewart Fenwick, Celtic Music Radio, UK 'Good song, good country voice' -Lucien Boes, VRW Radio, Belgium 'Very very pleasant' -Bernie Birch, 7 Waves Radio, UK 'Excellent song and vocals' -Rita Blackburn, Radio Star, UK 'Lovely, lovely, lovely' -Maureen Allen, Linedance DJ, UK 'Exceptional number' -Connie Bennington, Cool Country World, Denmark 'Nice all round track' -Beth Brown, QNM FM, Australia 'Interesting voice and song' -Kurt Gabriel, Radio Theben, Austria 'He has a very warm voice that makes the beauty of this song. Very talented artist' -Etienne Berthels, Radio Terre Franche, Belgium 'Brilliant' -Per Rodal, Radio Midt-Norge, Norway '10 out of 10 for sure' -Graham McLeod, Black Diamond FM, UK 'A pleasant album' -Marion Lacroix, Radio Arc En Ciel, France 'Effortless track - really special' -Michel Gandon, Radio Galaxie, France 'Fine songs well played with great singing. I loved his voice and love the CD. I will play these four on the radio and probably others too' -Martin Van Der Laan, Radio Compagnie, France 'Ok to play for sure' -Bjarne Hesselbjerggaard, Radio Sindal, Denmark 'Esteemed songwriter Byron Hill once again proves he is likewise as a fine vocalist - not least so on the slow, measured love ballads as experienced here' -Maurice Hope, RocknReel Magazine, UK 'Fave tracks - 1,4,7,8. I like the four mentioned most of all. They would all make good singles' -Colin Thorpe, Erewash Sound Radio, England 'Very impressed with this guy' -Doc Schulze, Radio Euroherz, Germany.