I’ve been playing for a lot of years and have been teaching in music stores and schools for over 25 years! I play in several bands and duos around Madison. New CD here: BillRoberts.HearNow.com.
I am proud to announce my new CD Blues Rides Shotgun.
We had a great time making it and I invite you to take a ride with smokey blues, spaghetti western instrumentals, rootsy ballads, and some rock and country.
Our CD release party is at the Brink on June 9th! Get more details about the Bill Roberts CD Release Celebration.
You can download it off of CD baby and soon you can get it on iTunes. Click on the link to hear previews!
From CD Baby—
Dive into the musical imagination of Bill Roberts! Not only is Bill a guitar virtuoso, but he is also an unusually creative songwriter — a rare combination! This CD compiles some of the finest tunes Bill has composed over the last 30 years, as well as a couple of his favorite blues covers. Backed by a top shelf collection of session musicians, this album is a soulful collection of blues, rock and a dash of country. It will hold your interest from start to finish.
The Bill Roberts Combo: is it jazz-blues or blues jazz? We are reuniting these styles in a savory combination of tasty licks and appealing musical presentations. Featuring one of Madison's finest guitarists, Bill Roberts, this group serves up a healthy entree of hot jazz-blues guitar, with side dishes of soulful bass, spicy piano, delicious beets (beats), and often topped with sweet sweet saxophone. Are we carrying this food metaphor too far? Yes. Yes, we are. Come get a taste of the real thing at a venue near you.
From a few years ago at Blue Smoke in Detroit...
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I have been playing for, ahem, a lot of years now and have inevitably learned a few things along the way that I would love to pass on! In fact, I have been teaching in various music stores and schools for over twenty five years! I specialize in teaching improvisation and blues and jazz in particular, but love most styles and love teaching beginners!
I have played with many Madison luminaries including Clyde Stubblefield, Butch Vig, Duke Erickson, Ben Sidran, pat mAcdonald, and Milwaukee jazz great Chuck Hedges. These days, I play in several bands and duos all around the Madison area.
I have done a lot of studio work for various artists some of which has been played on national TV and radio and have played on loops for a major computer company’s home studio software. Check out my posts for some examples of my playing for you to listen to. And be sure to check out my new CD, Blues Rides Shotgun. Pick up a copy and give it a listen.
From the Madison Blues Society site —
Bill Roberts is known for his extraordinary guitar work. I personally experienced it when I was a big fan of “Pat McDonald and the Essentials” in the late 1970s (Timbuck III grew out of the Essentials) that Bill Roberts was a member of for about a year and a half. Prior to “Pat McDonald and the Essentials,” Bill performed at the legendary O’Kayz Corral in Madison every Wednesday night until an unfortunate fire ended the weekly jams. Bill was also a member of the first “Spooner,” a very well-known Wisconsin band that Butch Vigg, now of Garbage, also played in. Bill continued his song writing and performing with “Spooner” for two years, then hooked up with So What with Steve Roberts as lead vocalist (now a ragtime jazz player). “So What” was Madison’s first punk band and one of the first to play at Madison’s premier music venue “Merlin’s.”
Following a few years in the punk band, Bill joined Pat McDonald. “The Essentials” made an EP (Extended Play recording). When “The Essentials” dissolved, Bill moved to Minneapolis with Sarah Hastings (the mind-blowing sax player who was also in “The Essentials”) until 1998. In Minneapolis, Bill formed his own group “New Rules” as well as joining diverse venues such as reggae and Tibetan groups. Bill and Sarah returned to Madison in 1998 where they formed “Neckbone” with guitarist Robert Bryan. Bill and Sarah have continued a personal and musical partnership, most notably in the original jazz and blues band “Blue Beyond.”
Bill’s career also includes playing with the Clyde Stubblefield band. He currently teaches guitar (one of his student’s, Steen Traxler, has joined “Blue Beyond”) and continues original songwriting. “Black Widow,” written by Bill Roberts, is one of my all time favorites and is performed by “Blue Beyond.”