Billy J is a new rising star in the long tradition of the “working man” blues-rock Americana artists. His combination of guitar wizardry, power vocals and great song writing will rock the blues-rock world.
Originally from Philadelphia, Billy J now has his roots in South Florida. His tenure in the blues-rock Americana scene has included shows throughout the west coast of Florida as well as Key West. His sincerity will knock you out from the very first note and I’m sure the listener will agree, his new and first CD RISE ABOVE will keep you humming, strumming and wanting more. Billy J’s guitar work will appeal to the blues listener as well as the roots-rock-Americana aficionado and beyond.
RISE ABOVE is recorded live in the studio and produced by NY Blues of Famer Dave Fields. Featuring the late great Yonrico Scott (Derek Trucks Band) on drums, Charlie Wooten (Royal Southern Brotherhood) and Todd Smallie (Derek Trucks Band, JJ Grey and Mofro) on bass. Special guest
appearance by J. Robert on violin.
RISE ABOVE opens up with the driving rocker SHE’S MINE where Billy shows off his prowess on guitar and vocals. The swamp rocker SWEATY MELONS follows as a “tongue and cheeky” song about “Fruit”. Its fun! The title track RISE ABOVE will uplift you as an anthem to overcoming adversity and very refreshing with the current world situation. LINE EM’ UP is a honky tonk drinking song which showcases another part of Billy’s music. NEW CAR is a searing slow blues which blues fans will delight in with a twist in the main line of “Getting a new car for your woman”. Billy pays homage to the classic CAT’S IN THE CRADLE with a new bluesy spin on
this timeless song. The beautiful ballad SHE is a spellbinding ode to the love of that special woman in one’s life. Billy kicks out a reggae jam on PUSH PUSH, you’re going to want to party and move your feet on this one! The heavy blues rocker shuffle MY BABY’S BLUE will make you jump out of your seat! RISE ABOVE concludes with the up-tempo BOOMERANG which will leave you dancing around the floor!
Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine: Billy J. is a rising star in the long tradition of “working mans” Blues-rock Americana. His sincerity will knock you out from the very first note.
Bman’s Blues Report: I just received the newest release by Billy J and it is a pretty cool. Opening with She’s Mine, a country funk with a strong lean to Deep Purple’s and Golden Earring, Billy J wastes no time in showing his guitar chops and arrangements by Dave Fields guaranteeing a tight package. On My Baby’s Blue, a straight- forward blues rocker, Billy styles a track that should easily fit into many playlists with a solid melody and contagious hook. New Car takes a different street altogether showing flashes of Big Brother and Led Zeppelin. This is my favorite track on the release with contorted guitar riffs, a slow tempo and lots of heat. Boomerang, a fast paced blues rocker. With tastes of Steppenwolf and Wilson Pickett, this is a slick trick and a cool ending to a hot package.
01 She’s Mine
02 Sweaty Melons
03 Rise Above
04 Line ‘Em Up
05 New Car
06 Cats In The Cradle
08 Push Push
09 My Baby’s Blue
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