press + quotes

“One of America’s greatest living songwriters.” Cindy Emch, Strange Fire Magazine

“Shades of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead.”  John Apice,

“Mya’s music reaches everyone…it is life-affirming.” Ron Olesko,

“Raucous, bluesy alt-country…with a touch of whiskey.” Vanita Salisbury, New York Magazine, Critic’s Pick

“Rootsy, soulful troubadour.”  Time Out, London

“Well-crafted songs.” John Platt, WFUV

“Emotion-driven music.” Mary Lee Pappas, Nuvo Newsweekly, Indianapolis

“Recalls the sound of The Band as well as contemporary alt. country artists like Uncle Tupelo and Lucinda Williams.”  Nate Schweber,

“Intelligent, poetic lyrics.” Cincinnati CityBeat

“Fans of the Band should check out this album, as it’s the real deal.” Ryan Dembinsky, Hidden Track

“…Would have been right at home in the ’60s…reminiscent of Bob Dylan…we expect [Byrne’s] star to continue to rise.” Richard Cuccaro, Acoustic Live

“…Takes the listener on a journey…Captivating…soulfully emotional…sure to please one of your desires.” Annie Reuter, New York Examiner

“I love The Ramblers! They just get better and better.” Shanta Thake, Joe’s Pub Director

“Minimalist Southern rock with New York grit….impressive…evocative honey-dipped voice…pickup-truck-on-a-gravel-road beats.” PQ Monthly, Portland, Oregon

“A heartfelt tribute to the joy of music…shades of the E Street Band… It’s no wonder that Levon Helm brought them in as support act…just grab yourself a copy of Getting There.” Mark Saleski,

“Serene vocals reminiscent of one Reid Genauer…spunky country blues, patient soulful ballads and hands-on-waists boot tappin’ jamborees.” Ryan Dembinsky, Hidden Track


Highlighted Press:

My producer, Neale Eckstein, wrote an album which I contributed vocals and mandolin to. It received a review on, and my contribution was highlighted:

A summary of my appearance on WFDU-FM with Ron Olesko

A short review of Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes, from Acoustic Live:

I’m kvelling over this review from my showcase at the 2014 NJ one-day NERFA conference, by Ron Olesko.

“As friends joined [Byrne] there was an exuberant feeling in the room… the feeling of joy and love was not a cliche but an honest expression that everyone was sharing. I witnessed this before during the days of Fast Folk Musical Magazine and the scene they created in Greenwich Village during the 1980s.”

Please click this link to read the entire article, featuring reviews of many of my talented friends as well: