Monty Byrom is an award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-talented musician. Hailing from the country music mecca of Bakersfield, California, Monty has been called the spiritual successor to Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. He has fronted the bands Big House and Billy Satellite as well as penned hit songs for pop-rock icon Eddie Money. These days he indulges his funkier side with The Byrom Brothers. Together with his brother Tanner and the best musicians on the West Coast, they play an eclectic mix of blues, rock, and country tunes.
Monty and Tanner grew up on classic rock and the Bakersfield Sound. Coming from a musical family, the Byrom brothers honed their craft through countless back porch jam sessions. It was around this time that the brothers first met future Big House bandmates Chuck Seaton and Sonny California.The youthful sense of play that the guys developed then has never left them.
After graduating high school, Monty enlisted in the United States Navy where he received classical training as part of the Navy Band. While stationed in San Francisco, he began to make a name for himself in the local scene. By 1983, he founded Billy Satellite with future .38 Special guitarist Danny Chauncey. Two videos from their eponymous debut album became early hits on MTV.
Soon, Monty was fielding offers from major label recording artists. He decided to join the band of Eddie Money after Money covered the Billy Satellite song “I Wanna Go Back” written by Monty. That track went on to be a top 5 hit on the Billboard charts. Since then Monty has written, recorded, or produced songs with David Lee Roth, Barbara Streisand, Brent Mydland of the Grateful Dead, Rita Coolidge, Johnny Van Zant, and The Eagles’ Dan Felder and Timothy B. Schmidt. He is also highly sought after for film and television soundtracks.
Monty and Tanner are best known for the “soul country” style they developed for Academy of Country Music Award nominated act Big House. This group reunited the Byrom brothers with boyhood friends Chuck Seaton and Sonny California. Their distinct blend of Americana has been described as sounding like “aged whiskey mixed with holy water”. They are known for Billboard charting hits like “Cold Outside”, “You Ain’t Lonely Yet”, “Love Ain’t Easy”, and “Faith”. Signed to MCA Nashville by the legendary Tony Brown, Big House toured everywhere from SXSW to Disneyland Paris. Eventually, the toll of life on the road caught up, and the boys settled down to raise their families.
Back in Bakersfield, The Byrom Brothers continue to be local legends. In 2007, Monty was chosen to fill the boots of the late Buck Owens as leader of the Buckaroos. He played well-reviewed weekly shows at the Crystal Palace until early 2019. Returning to his classically trained roots, Monty has produced several successful concerts with the Bakersfield Symphony and the Bakersfield College Choir. Monty and Tanner continue to play regularly as The Byrom Brothers. In 2016 they released The Age of Music. Recent collaborators include Ace Frehley, Sunshine Garcia, Corey Robinson, and Sammy Eubanks.