Billy Kemp

Willbilly is a sobriquet that was given to me around 1970-’71. I was a sophomore in high school and started playing music for folks other than my imaginary friends. John F. was a friend who was still in school, but had been learning carpentry from his father, Whitey, who was a carpenter and house builder from West Virginia. John was one of my few friends who shared a love for folk, country and blues music like I did, especially country music. He gave me the nickname, Willbilly, because of my deep affection for those musics. I liked it and close friends started calling me either Willbilly or Willbill, especially when they wanted to hear a song.

“Another Life To Live” from Another Life 2017
“You’re Too Old” from The Painter’s Bucket 2018
“Is This Called Falling In Love” from The Craig Demos 2019
“As The Crow Flies” Billy live at the Grinder House in Crossville, Tennessee December 3, 2021

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