No one has captured Mick Byrd, or his music, quite like Karen E. Reynolds has done with her review of "Around." - "Never think of Mick Byrd as limited. A true lyricist and storyteller, Byrd has always written a good song and has found a home, quite nicely, in the Americana genre'. But his newest release, 'Around', really shows how diversified he is as a writer, artist and vocalist. The CD starts off strong with the slightly dark title cut, 'Around", allowing a driving beat to carry the listener along the lonely trail of someone searching for a connection. Then it takes an immediate turn in the opposite direction with 'Away', a ballad proclaiming that type of love that 'blows' one away. It's sweet and emotional while still being slightly 'pop-ish' and not at all what you'd expect after having been taken on the rough ride of the first song. This roller coaster continues to travel on, bringing surprise after surprise with each track." "... The myriad of influences are clearly represented on this release. 'Whisper' does anything but, with a seriously rock driven tempo and accompaniment. 'Gravy Train' tosses a bit of Blues into the mix, appropriately so with it being a song about big dreamin', hard workin' blue-collar folk. 'Did It Ever Occur' is full out, right down the pike, country and is beautifully delivered by guest vocalist, Kristan Hassler. Byrd even takes on the genre' specifics of an Irish ballad with 'Table of Friends' and captures it perfectly with skilled guitar work and a gentle delivery, both vocally and lyrically. Make no mistake...that comfortable and well fitting Americana groove is evident in tracks like 'Sometimes', 'Old School' and 'Colorado Sky.' But the overall 'feel' of this disc is that everyone can find something to like. It never allows the ears to become bored, which is a true feat in a day and age when 'cookie cutter' songwriting is frighteningly common. One could never consider Mick Byrd, as limited or pigeon holed. Nor can he be accused of taking the easy path and simply shooting for commercial market. This artist delves into the very guts of what constitutes a well-written song and delivers, every time. He's what true fans of independent, original music, covet and collect." -Karen E. Reynolds, Host/Program Director, "Writer's Block"