Monday, April 10, 2017

Billy T Band new album release "Reckoning" ..blues/soul from New York to Norway

Billy T (William Troiani) was born and raised in New York City, and played and recorded with Eddie Kirkland for 12 years and the Tom Russell Band for 10 years. Along the way, he worked with such diverse artists as Lightnin' Hopkins and Nancy Griffith. After moving to Oslo, Norway in 1997, Billy ran the house band at Oslo's Muddy Waters blues club for seven years, helping to launch the young Norwegian talents Amund Maarud and Kid Andersen (now with Rick Estrin & The Nightcats). 

Like all the Billy T Band's releases, their fourth album, "Reckoning" is filled with songs steeped in classic American soul, blues, R&B and swamp rock. Their last release won the Norwegian Grammy (“Spellemannprisen 2012") for best blues album. "L.OV.E. (Just a Silly Notion)," released in 2010, received that same award and was elected as the year's best Norwegian blues/soul/ gospel release by the Swedish magazine Also in 2010, the band played on Louisiana Red’s critically acclaimed release "Back to the Black Bayou," nominated for two Blues Music Awards.

"This is much more than the blues. ... first single 'Reckoning' is elegant, blue-eyed soul with brass, strings, blues guitar and a sound that points to Stax and Philly soul. ... and 'One of These Days' stands out by having a stripped-down sound with only acoustic guitar, electric bass, Troiani's soulful singing and female backing vocals." - Jon Vidar Bergan, (Norway)

”Music that lives in your heart and speaks to your consciousness." - Blues News

"Billy T Band is one of Norway's leading bands in the blues/soul genre." - Team Rock (UK)

View and download in iTunes HERE

Marty's review: The Billy T Band's latest release, Reckoning, delivers blues roots, Americana, soul and R'n'B in a 10 track collection of original compositions that showcase the many musical and songwriting talents of this fine group of artists. With soulful vocals and harmonies, slick guitar and tight production this album is a delight from start to finish and will please fans of blues and soul alike.

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