My Mind’ Eye Review
Buddy Magazine—May 2008
David Byboth’s OFFICIAL Debut CD. My Mind’s Eye, is a pleasant, sincere mix of folk & blues that comes from a real appreciation for the art. He shares ten of his own, personal songs – often based on people he knows – and a powerful cover of Kevin Welch’s “Flycatcher Jack & The Whippoorwill Song.”
The playing is always strong. The lyrics range from solid to strong. Byboth has a good feel for creating pictures and moods with a handful of details. He was a fan fixture on the Texas music scene for years, and a good friend of other musicians; it’s nice to see his growth into a writer and performer. Most of the songs explore the human condition, from pleasant memories to old friends to “Black Dog Blues” where a depressed man holds “47 goodbyes” in his hand in the darkness. In “Strays of the Human Kind,” a woman lives her life learning how to fly out of that darkness.
My Mind’s Eye is a serious CD, although not nearly as dark as those two examples indicate. Produced by Ray Wylie Hubbard (who also adds acoustic guitar), My Mind’s Eye includes performances by Billy Cassis (acoustic guitars, melodeon), George Reiff (shakers), Rick Richards (percussion), Eleanor Whitmore (mandolin, harmony vocals), Kelley Mickwee (harmony vocals), and Chip Woodburn (acoustic guitar). Byboth adds acoustic guitar and mandolin to his fairly deep, almost formal vocals. – Tom Geddie
Review From Miss Lana.com
"My Mind's Eye"
By Lone Star Mama
Singer/songwriter David Byboth has been performing for quite sometime now, and has finally put the finishing touches on his first CD. A pure D self proclaimed “folk” singer, Byboth’s first CD is top notch, even for those of us not considering ourselves “folkies”.
“On Saturdays when I was gone
Nosy as I am, I asked and found he did actually perform the song for them, and framed the lyrics for them, and they were completely thrilled. I wish they had been here to see the final product and tell Byboth how proud they were of him yet again. Somehow, I think they would have been THE guests to mingle with at all the shows. And what I wouldn’t give to have tried that chicken fried steak.
“Momma’s pullin’ a pie from the oven
And that’s just the beginning. Squirrels, Bill Monroe, a broken down hearse, a “Jesus Loves You” sticker, and a familiar songwriter are all tied together in this incredible song, with the chorus:
“I didn’t see it but I know that it happened
Really fantastic stuff, this is a “must have” to your CD collection.
Lone Star Mama
Written by Dana Jones, March, 2008
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