Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Guitar Shredder Byron Nash Goes to Plan B

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Guitar Shredder Byron Nash Goes to Plan B

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Byron Nash got his chances to shred on guitar as a member of hip-hop rockers Formula 412, but he didn't get to show his full hand.

"We had a very exact thing we were trying to do, musically," he says. "It approached hip-hop from a band perspective, but there were a lot of styles that I play that didn't fit in that realm, so I needed to grow."

Whenever he recorded a demo that didn't fit the Formula, he labeled it Plan B. Now, some of those songs make up the basis of Byron Nash & Plan B, which releases its debut EP, "The Late Bloomer," on Saturday. The five-piece band showcases his aggressive guitar work on blues, rock and fusion songs along with his soulful way with a ballad.

"I was raised on Prince and Rick James and Earth, Wind & Fire," Mr. Nash says, "So I guess growing up seeing a lot of black bands, that was the early influence, and then it led into rock and metal. I really cut my teeth on a lot of thrash metal back in the '80s. The speed and gymnastics of playing guitar, I knew that was really something I wanted to do."

The genesis of the band was meeting Harris Grill co-worker Evan Thorsen, guitarist for extreme metal band Greywalker, five years ago. They started hooking up on a casual basis to jam and write songs that departed from the sound of their respective bands.

"A lot of it ended up being more songwriter driven," Mr. Nash says. "We played a lot of acoustic guitars. We always joked that for two guys who loved metal, none of it ever truly sounded like metal. I liked that we were experimenting a lot. It was a happy accident."

They played a duo gig together in 2014, prompting them to assemble a full band, which now consists of bassist Philip Price, drummer George Barron and keyboardist Randraiz Wharton.

"We didn't want to just be called Plan B, 'cause of the day-after pill," he says laughing, so they put his name in front. …

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