Early December sees the release of The Hill by Chicago native Jack Byron. The Hill was produced by Todd Loizzo, son of the late Gary Loizzo. Loizzo also produced Byron’s debut album, Two Travelers, released in January 2020.
The Hill is a lovely, mellow Americana track underpinned by bright acoustic guitar and Byron’s soulful vocal delivery. This song sounds like a crisp, bright morning, taking the time and finding a space to breathe. It’s calming and peaceful. The strings in the second half are at first melancholic, then uplifting. It’s a song close to Byron’s heart; he explains:
It’s a coming of age song, completed during the current pandemic. The harmonies on the song are sung by the late Gary Loizzo, a great friend and musical mentor (…) This song holds a special place in my heart due to the song being written during a period of time between me finding my own voice as a songwriter, Gary’s passing from pancreatic cancer, the sudden passing of another musician friend, Eric Ortiz, earlier this year, as well as the life-altering Covid-19 pandemic.
Byron has appeared on radio in both Illinois and Wisconsin and has played songwriter showcases at Chicago favourites including the Elbo Room, Uncommon Ground and House of Blues. He has also made an appearance on Showcase at the Homeplace, in Nashville, TN.