Bill Powers
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Bill Powers


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Sweet Sunny South, Bell Creek Dance Club 2004
"A nostalgic venture back to a simpler time that bubbles with originality and imagination" Bluegrass Unlimited
Wild and Swingin 2005
"Oldtime music delivered with style and Gusto" Bluegrass Unlimited
Live At The Radio Room 2006
Showtime 2007
"Showtime is is new oldtime music at its finest and a total delight from every aspect." Bluegrass Now, "The world needs to hear more from this band" Tim O'Brien feb 07'

I have examples of my solo stuff and other projects and songs available to stream on



Bill Powers is a songwriter, singer and player of an array of stringed instruments. For the past seven years he has helped lead the much lauded and highly respected old time bluegrass band Sweet Sunny South, writing a good portion of the original music the band has become so well loved for. With SSS he sings lead, harmony and plays mandolin and has created his own innovative approach to old time banjo utilizing a plectrum rather than a 5 string. This along with an equally unique approach to bluegrass inspired music helped to propel the bands reputation as a fire-storming acoustic quartet all across the Western region of the United States. In 2006, SSS gained the recognition of the International Bluegrass Music Association and earned an official showcase slot at its yearly expo in Nashville, TN. The bands success has been a result of the combination of all the members’ exceptional talents and at the heart of the group has been its creative spark plug, songwriting and wise cracking front man, Bill Powers.

Born and raised in Mississippi, Bill draws influences from his southern upbringing and his rural Western Colorado surroundings. His respect and reverence is obvious for songwriters like Robert Hunter, Utah Phillips, Tim O’Brien, Robert Earl Keen, Townes Van Zant, Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, John Prine, and John Hartford, just to name a few. Powers is a DJ at Public Radio Station KVNF in his hometown of Paonia, Colorado with 13 years experience, hosting shows featuring everything from Bluegrass and Country, World Music, Folk, Funk, Lounge and more. All of this music has become a part of his collective conscience and comes out in his songs providing a feel and vibe all his own. He is a prolific writer specializing in simple catchy melodies with singable refrains and has a knack for crafting “story songs” that fans request again and again.

Sweet Sunny South is enjoying a break from playing in ’08 and Bill is taking the time to present some old favorites from the SSS catalog and feature a whole slew of new songs and tunes. He may be found solo on stage with guitar or banjo, sharing the stage with his lovely wife, Shelley Gray on bass and vocals (Bill & Shelley make up one half of Sweet Sunny South) in a duo called “Honey Don’t”, or with a revolving group of musicians known collectively as “The Silvertone Devils”. Any which way you find him, whether its bluegrass, old-time, country, ragtime, blues or folk you can be guaranteed some fine original, award winning music played impeccably with fire and soul. Good time music played for good time, music-loving people. Let Bill Powers entertain you!

“Your writing and singing have a unique quality that goes right to the root of why I like bluegrass and country.” Pete Wernick Sept. ‘08