Billy Boy's Blues
After playing guitar in a band in the Washington D.C. area in the mid-60s, playing mostly “British Invasion” music, it was “basement jamming” into the early ’70s. The guitars were then packed away, not touched for 40+ years. I was consumed with my career as a home builder/designer/carpenter (and my passion for fishing!) in the historic Chesapeake Bay town of Reedville, VA. But I always knew after retirement that music would somehow again become my passion. Little did I know what was about to happen.
I moved to Florida in late 2011, dusted off my guitars, and in 2015, I started getting together weekly with Joe Hastings, who I have known for over 45 years. The music began sounding good, and in early 2017 we became the duo "Front Porch Blues". We have enjoyed great success together, playing locally at the Tiki Bar & Grill, Pareidolia Brewing Co., Crab Stop of Sebastian, Summer Crush Winery, Manatee Island Bar & Grill, and the Black Box Theater in Ft. Pierce, Fl. We topped it all off by winning the Treasure Coast Blues Society Regional IBC (International Blues Challenge) Challenge in September of 2019 and representing the TCBS on Beale Street in Memphis at the King's Palace in January of 2020. What an experience!
By January of 2022, it was time for me to start performing solo. It is the music of Taj Mahal, Mississippi John Hurt, Jorma Kaukonen, John Prine, Lightnin' Hopkins, Eric Bibb, David Bromberg, and others that inspires my music. That music is “a good story to tell with a finger pickin' guitar!”
And special thanks to Pete and Lynn Anderson, owners of Pareidolia Brewing Company of Sebastian, Florida, and Ellis and Brandy Buckner, owners of The Crab Stop of Sebastian, for giving me my first opportunities to perform solo at their fine establishments. They are the two best supporters of local musicians and live music.