Alex Goettel is the singer/songwriter behind Rochester-based band, The Byways. The Byways are a folk rock band, often compared to Tom Petty or The Byrds, but with elements of Americana, pop, and alternative rock woven into their sound. Better said by City Newspaper's Frank DeBlase, they are “indie rock, without too much preciousness or quirk."
When not backed by his band, Alex performs his songs stripped down, occasionally using a loop pedal to help fill out the sound. His solo show includes a decade's worth of original songs, plus dozens of covers that any audience will recognize. Alex is also currently recording and self-producing a solo album, set to be released in spring of 2021.
Alex also plays bass with popular Rochester-area bands, including Uptown Groove, The Swooners, and Silver Arrow Band. His diverse musical skill set makes him a familiar face at festivals, clubs, and wedding venues throughout Upstate New York. In addition to his busy playing career, Alex teaches private lessons to aspiring musicians. Instruments taught include guitar, violin, viola, bass, and piano. Alex holds his NYS teaching certification and a music degree from Nazareth College.