It’s blues and gospel and rock and bluegrass and folk and country and hillbilly and you mix that all up and you play it with joy and reckless abandon: that’s The Billyhawks.
It starts with Tim Martin’s Macon, Georgia, Southern rock/blues roots on acoustic lead guitar. Stir in some soulful songwriting by Jonathan Lee Pickens, with his years of Nashville experience including playing on the Grand Ole Opry. Add a touch of bluesy bluegrass mandolin from Don Grieser’s upbringing in Indiana. Tie it all together in a deep groove of the blues/funk bass of New Mexico native Johnny Gallegos and the solid drumming of Walker Lee Pickens.
It’s tough finding musicians to play with in the wide open spaces of New Mexico. It’s a miracle that these five found each other, and once they did, they knew they had something special right from the start.
The Reviews are coming in:
"...Jon Pickens just sent me a link to the new Billyhawks CD, and boy am I glad he did! I just sat down and listened to the whole thing and it was exactly what I needed today: Music completely devoid of predictability or pretention. A group of songs performed for the sheer joy of it. I couldn't quit smiling!
"This is a very nicely recorded album of acoustic music with an edge. Some blues, some rock, and even some Bluegrass... but the thread that runs through the whole collection is the edgy treatment , and the joy you can feel in the tracks. I highly recommend this album to music lovers everywhere!"
Rob Matson, Producer/Engineer, Nashville TN
"The Billyhawks must be flying high these days after the release of their excellent new CD, “Rich Man Blues”. The talented quintet from New Mexico has crafted a wide variety of Americana music that should appeal to lovers of Blues, Bluegrass, and Folk music. “Rich Man Blues” primarily features original songs written by the group, as well as a couple of creative cover song versions. From the bluesy opener “Shelter Me” to the closing snappy instrumental “Palatable To A Goat”, the Billyhawks’ songwriting and picking talent show through time and again throughout the album. There is a lot to like here for fans of Roots music."
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