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Your Voice

by Allan J. Byer

Eclectic Mix of rootsy Folk Rock with elements of Jazz, Blues, and Country in the mix. Songs with a message to lift your spirit.
Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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1. Your Voice
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2. Pilgrim
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3. How to Make Love Stay
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4. Storm
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5. I'll Remember You
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6. Sub-personality Blues
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7. Soul Song
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8. Positive Vibrations
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9. Raven
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10. Song of the Nations
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11. Don't You Know
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12. The Bottle & Me
Allan Byer & Doc Sackman Duo
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
ALLAN BYER - CENTRAL OREGON'S EVERYMAN SINGER/SONGWRITER

It's heartening to encounter an Artist that takes his role in the world, his voice and his vision, seriously, who dares to imagine that art can matter in the unglamorous world of everyday survival, and that the every day world bears artistic expression. One such artist is Central Oregon singer/songwriter guitarist Allan Byer.

For over 20 years Byer has crafted his songs of love, wonder, pain and hope with power and eloquence. He can comment on the spiritual search or poke fun at fast food or political injustice with equal ability. Always grounded in compassion for the human condition, at his best, Byer reflects back to us our own struggles to envision the world as it could be. At the core of his work is a profound reverence for life and the gifts of this world. He explores the possibility of seeing the world as it is and not losing heart.

REVIEWS
Bend's Source calls his music "an eclectic mix of rootsy instrumentation and harmonies that breaths fresh air with wide-reaching inspirations." The Redmond Spokesman
says, "Allan Byer is an incredibly talented singer/songwriter who plays a smokin' guitar."
The Source later says, "Local groover Byer delights listeners with his refreshingly original acoustic folk rock sounds." The Bend Bugle says, "Allan Byer and his group provide a night full of originality and character." Bend Bulletin's Andy Whipple says of Byer's debut cd, "He delivers a pleasant surprise. It's a declaration of faith and self-confidence, proving up on the optimistic claim staked out in the title ("Sometimes It Works").
STYLES
BYER TOUCHES ALL THE BASES WITH A LITTLE BIT OF BLUES, FOLK, COUNTRY, ROCK, AND JAZZ.
VENUES
Byer has played over 100 gigs each year since 2000 as a solo act (on guitar, harmonica, and vocals),
in Duo with Doc Sackman or hot-licks guitar player Matt Engle, or as a Trio with featured soloist Dr. Marc Sackman on flute and Hal Worcester on bass and harmony vocals.
Venues played include many of Central Oregon's most popular clubs and restaurants as well as major
Fairs and Festivals including Bend's Summer, Fall, and Winter Music Festivals, the Deschutes and Crook County Fairs, Concerts on the Green, Conscious Living Expos, the Collage of Culture, Sun River's Music in the Village series, and the Sisters Folk Festival..

AWARDS & AIR-PLAY
Byer has been the featured guest on Bend's KLRR Homegrown Music Showcase six times since Aug. '99 and has had several songs played on that station regularly. The entire "Your Voice" album was played with interview, Feb. 15th on the KLRR Homegrown Showcase. In Eugene, he has garnered air-play on KLCC's folk music shows and "Blues Power." He's also appeared on COTV's Good Morning Central Oregon seven times in the past year and helped start the now popular Friday Music Feature which he debuted on Aug. 22, '03.
Byer has won 14 Song of the Month awards as part of Central Oregon Songwriters Association and took a "Folk Song of the Year Award" with his song "Storm" in 2001 and won "Unique Song of the year" with "Song of the Nations in 2003. His debut cd "Sometimes It Works' was produced at MirrorTime Records in Prineville and released in Jan. 2000. His current cd, "Your Voice," produced at Musi-Tech Studios in Redmond, was released in Jan. '04 on the Mirror Time Records label.

MUSICAL INFLUENCES & HEROES
ARTIS THE SPOONMAN, BRUCE COCKBURN, JACKSON BROWNE, DEAN PRESCOTT, AND THE SUBSTITUTES.

CONTACT INFORMATION
ph. 541-923-3505; e-mail afbyer@msn.com;
websites: www.allanbyer.com

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Christen Hawkins

Touches the soul and taps the toes.....
Honest and fun. Whatever more could one want? Reminds me of the intention of Jackson Browne but with Allan's own experience and sound. Upbeat and Higher vibrations...Yeah,man! It takes you there. Love, work and the good struggle for the highest intention AND chosing to stay in the joy. Thanks!
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David Finch

Folk rolled up with some good soul and blues
Byer can captivate you . . . even if you're sitting at home where you can't go run down and see him perform live. Listening to his CD can captivate you still. His writing is worthy of a very close listen, check out what he's doing. . his performance is passionate and clean, his voice is wise and knowing. Overall, this CD should touch you way down. . . . . and that is a very VERY good thing.
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Ellen Jakab Central Oregon Songwriters Assoc. President


The song HOW TO MAKE LOVE STAY, lyrics and melody are beautiful, what a message. YOUR VOICE and THE BOTTLE AND ME are also great songs. Allan has a great way of expressing his music from the heart and soul. I would encourage everyone to buy the CD it is awesome. :o)
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Anthony James

Most excellent, refreshing sound, flute sparkles as does the lead guitar.
Allan Byer and his band deliver a refreshing and original view on life. He's touching on the spiritual search, recovery, relationships and even does a tribute toNative Americans. This is weighty stuff. Seattle, WA
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Scott Foxx

Good honest songwriting from the heart
Good honest songwriting from the heart,quite courageous at times! I like the flute!
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Jan Meredith

Fresh, fiesty, delicious. Allan synthesizes experiences into a rich dish.
Your Voice carries most of the voices each of us use day by day - expressions of individual experiences common to the unity of all humanity - love, fun, fears, and the dreams we hold onto. Such a pleasant way of being reminded to make life count.
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Tom Schmidt

"Your Voice" Review
I just listened to "Your Voice" on Allan Byers new album. Since I enjoy eclectic art and creative lyrics this song fascinated me. I can only wait to hear the rest of the album. Nice organization and band sound-cohesiveness.
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Dean Prescott

An insightful jewel of a CD
Allan really outdoes himself on this one. The Producer captured "the songs". A very full sounding CD, with many little jewels in the mix. The performance and the guest musicians playing are great. Really timeless music. Check it out.
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Bob Behm

distinct voice, great vocal resonance ! music has jazzy overtones .
I like this new album "your voice" because it is refreshly different . The Jazz flute improvisation adds a cool element to the overall sound. The voice quality is relaxed, smooth, and easy to listen to . Good wholesome lyrics are a big plus . I would recommend this C.D. to anyone !
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jjorgensen

music to inspire
If you listen to Allan Byer's CD you will feel the presence of compassion and goodness. Byer's music is music to inspire! If you want toe tapping and tears in one album, you have to listen to this.
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