Ex-Joan Jett guitarist Ricky Byrd releasing new album focused on raising awareness about addiction recovery

Credit: Frankie ByrdFormer Joan Jett and the Blackhearts guitarist Ricky Byrd has recorded a star-studded new solo album called Clean Getaway that will be released on October 20. The 12-track collection is a concept record that delves into the emotions of people who have experienced addiction and gone through recovery.

Among the guest artists featured on Clean Getaway are Derek and the Dominos keyboardist Bobby Whitlock, ex-Wings drummer Steve Holley, one-time Ringo Starr collaborator Mark Hudson and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes members Jeff Kazee, John Isley and Chris Anderson.

The album is made up mostly of original songs that Byrd penned with Hudson and Richie Supa, who’s co-written songs with Aerosmith and Richie Sambora. It also includes a cover of Paul Revere and the Raiders‘ 1966 hit “Kicks.”

A portion of the proceeds raised by sales of the album will benefit the Clean Getaway charity, a non-profit founded by Byrd that, through music, seeks to raise awareness and offer education and support to those battling drug and alcohol addiction.

Byrd, a recovered addict himself, began playing many of the songs featured on the album during the last several years when he participated at recovery music groups in various rehab centers and facilities around the country. Inspired by the positive response and encouragement of patients, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer decided to launch an online campaign to help fund the recording of his album. He intends to give away copies of Clean Getaway to patients during his future visits to treatment facilities.

“An important part of this journey is giving back and spreading the message,” Ricky says of his work with Clean Getaway. “I do my best talking through music…as a recovery troubadour.”

For more information, visit CleanGetaway.nyc.

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