Really Live Music presents:
Billy Walton Band
Live at Borderline, Soho
Asbury Park in New Jersey was ravaged by riots in the late 1960s and became a melting pot of musical experimentation. Late night jams that ended when the sun came up became the norm. Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny were the two acts who made their way from these crammed stages to the international stage.
For decades musicians have come and gone, always hoping to make a living and pursue a dream. Billy Walton is no different. His proving ground was Long Beach Island. There he was chaperoned from gig to gig by his Mom, two young to drive around and enter the clubs on his own. He always was up for a jam and looking to learn some tricks. For years Billy spent his time sharpening his skills, developing his stage act until he decided to step up to centre stage with the Billy Walton Band.
The band has focused its effort in Europe. Thirteen tours since 2007 have established the group in the thriving British Blues Rock scene. In 2010, Billy got the call to play with one of the masters of the Asbury Park sound, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes. For years Billy toured with the Jukes. A high point in Billy’s tenure with the Jukes was when they recorded a live version of Southside’s most acclaimed release, ‘Hearts of Stone’ with Little Steven.
You can say Bruce Springsteen is a singer-songwriter fronting an old-school Rock’n’ Soul band. Southside Johnny is a Soul singer fronting an old-school Rock’n’ Soul band. Billy Walton is the guitar hero fronting the old-school Rock ‘n’ Soul band. Horns are the common thread.
Find out why so many people are getting excited about the Billy Walton Band…