Billyblues, Blues Band
Billyblues brings a unique style of blues to its audiences. Blending harmonica, bottleneck slide, and acoustic bass, the band takes its inspiration from all styles of blues, playing original works as well as renditions of classics like Come on in My Kitchen and You Gotta Move.
Billyblues has performed all over Kentucky, including appearances at the Norton Center for the Arts, the Brown Theatre, the Hindman Folk Festival, and the Kentucky Music Weekend and on WUKY radio. The trio has shared the stage with Grammy winners such as Jean Ritchie and the Lonesome River Band.
Billyblues first CD, released in 1999, was Where the River Meets the Mountains. A second CD, Crown of Thorns, was released in the fall of 2000.
The band is available for bookings at clubs, festivals, rallies, radio shows, barbecues, fish fries, house parties, receptions, school programs, and more.
The Band Members (pictured top to bottom)
A McKee native, Mike Norris has played roadhouse rock behind chicken wire, recorded with the Raggedy Robin String Band, and written a song-and-picture book in collaboration with Kentucky folk artist Minnie Adkins.
Mark Lucas, born and raised on Elkhorn Creek, played in the folk duo Lucas & Graham in the 70s, does country and gospel songwriting from his Skillet Dog Studio, and teaches literature and creative writing at Centre College.
Colin Raitiere grew up in a French-speaking household and played guitar in an electric blues band in New York City. After medical school, when he lived in the San Francisco Folk Music Club in Haight-Ashbury, he brought his black bag and Gibson to Kentucky for his residencyand stayed.