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"The Advertiser News"

Every musician knows the music business is a tough industry, but Spring Hill’s Billy Reasons has overcome more than many of his fellow counterparts.
Shortly after moving to Spring Hill in 2001 with his wife, Sarah and children, Will and Kendall, Reasons was electrocuted while running a wire for ceiling fans.
He underwent nine surgeries over a four-year period and nearly lost his thumb and several ?ngers.
“Three doctors told me to amputate but a fourth doctor said if I was willing to go through the pain, there was a 5 percent chance of me keeping my thumb and ?ngers,” Reasons said.
He owns 19 guitars and said it was tough to look at them and wonder if he’d ever play again.
While wearing a cast, he would duct tape a pick to his hand in an attempt to continue playing. Today, he bears the scars on his hand and arm and he no feeling in the nerves of his ?ngers.
“I glue a pick to my thumb using pine tar,” Reasons said. “Relearning something and trying to come up with new techniques is rough.”
With a newly released single titled “Crank the Hank,” Reasons is cur-
rently preparing for a national radio tour.
His single is produced by Teddy Gentry of the music group Alabama.
"Teddy's produced 42 No. 1 singles and we're hoping for "Crank the Hank" to be No. 43," Reasons said.
"Crank the Hank" is a cleverly written tune and the lyrics are a tribute to country music legends. "We turn to Willie when we're buzzing; Waylon when we're cussing; Haggard when we're hear broke; Cash when there's no hope, Old George Jones when all we need is a drink; Whne it's time to throw down, crank the Hank."
Reasons said he feels fortunate to be working with Gentry. Reasons will travel to radio stations in Chicago, Indianpolis, and other cities to promote "Crank the Hank."
He also hopes to gain success with his new album titled "Worth Every Mile", which has a winter release date. Two album songs titled "Not a Sky in My Cloud" and "Worth Every Mile" talk about the obstacles he overcame, including depression, following his his accident.
Through a partnership with NASCAR, his July 30 single release party was held at the Wildhorse Saloon and was titled NASH-CAR. Second Avenue in Nashville was closed to make way for eight NASCAR truck series haulers. NASCAR drivers present were Stacey Compton, David Starr, Timothy Peters and Brian Scott. Special guests also include Jeff Cook of ALABAMA, artist Danielle Peck, and Steve McGranahan, the World's Strongest Redneck.
In addition to musical performances by Reasons and others, the event served as a fundraiser for the
Monroe Carell Jr. Childrens's Hospital at Vanderbilt. A silent auction featured NASCAR and country music memorabilia, which included guitars.
Backstage at the event, Reasons had the opportunity to grant a wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Spring Hill resident Michele Adams, 18, has Limb-Girdle Muscular dystrophy, was the recipient of the wish that evening.
"She wanted to go to China to see the pandas, but Make-A-Wish doesn't send people out of the country so she's in San Diego this week at the zoo," Reasons said during his interview with "The Advertiser News."
Reasons said his favorite part of the event, both of equal value to him, was th Make-A-Wish presentation and singing to about 250 children at the hospital earlier in the day.
In an effort to give back to his fans, Reasons performed for the United States armed forces in Kuwait, Qatar, and Bahrain last winter.
Through a fan he met at the 2008 CMA Music Festival, Reasons was connected with an organization called MY Huggy, LLC. The company provides a teddy bear for children whose parents are deployed. My Huggy bears are outfitted with voice recorders for their deployed parent to leave a message.
Reasons arranged to take two dozen My Huggy bears to the troops.
"I had a marine come up and he said he couldn't wait to record a prayer and send the bear to his kid so he could pray with him every night," Reasons said.
Today Reasons is the international spokesperson for Hy Huggy and he's planning a fundraiser at the Wildhorse Saloon this fall.
"the biggest blessing is to be able to touch someone's life in a positive way," Reasons said.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT BILLY REASONS VISIT WWW.BILLYREASONS.COM OR VISIT FACEBOOK.COM/BILLYREASONS - Ashley Bone


"True Country 100.9 The Farm"

100.9 The Farm takes country music back to the country,
with all of today's artists you love, like Tim McGraw, Kenny
Chesney, Martina McBride, Sara Evans and Brad
Paisley...Plus, the legendary artists you grew up listening to,
like Merle Haggard, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Conway
Twitty and Hank Jr.

It was an absolute pleasure having Billy Reasons
on our Fun On The Farm Jamboree in January.
He brought a great amount of energy and
professionalism to the show. His singing and
songwriting ability are second to none and we
can't wait to have him back!
- Kelly Green


Discography

"Crank the Hank"
"What Her Soldier's Fighting For"
"Worth Every Mile"
"No Sky In My Clouds"

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BILLY REASONS ~ Biography

By: PHIL SWEETLAND
Country music+Radio contributor, The New York Times

NASHVILLE – Almost exactly seven years ago, in July 2002, Billy Reasons was
electrocuted and nearly died.

He blacked out while he was in direct contact with live voltage, and the damage to his
body and his mind would have been enough to dissuade anyone from ever picking up a
guitar again. For a guy who owns 19 guitars, and had been a professional musician in
both Country and Contemporary Christian music for decades, that’s a brutally tough pill
to swallow.

Some doctors feared they’d have to amputate his hand. Others told him the chances
he’d ever keep the hand were less than 5 percent. But on and on Billy went – battling
depression so bad that he couldn’t even look at his guitars, and rarely left a dark closet
in his house. He endured nine different surgeries on his right hand, each one improving
his range of motion.

Now Billy has a screw in his right thumb, and no feeling on the inside of his right
forearm, thumb and first two fingers. He cannot finger-pick as he once did. He actually
glues a pick to his thumb and finger with the longtime baseball substance of pine tar to
enable him to play – and his music hits a home run every time.

Reasons has practiced so hard at times he’s left blood on his guitars, and has rehearsed
vocals so much that he’s sung himself hoarse. The result is an album which is, to put it
mildly, worth waiting for. This is the best work of what was already a fine career long
before Reasons’ accident; and fans are catching the buzz that Billy’s back and stronger
than ever.

While performing throughout the US and around the globe, Billy has had an
overwhelming response. During a Recent Armed Forces Entertainment tour in the
Middle East, Billy had the honor of being the first music artist to ever perform aboard the
USS San Antonio.

“I’ve taken Country influences into my music my whole life,” Billy says during a
conversation at Nashville’s famed Longhorn Steak House, a stone’s throw from Music
Row. “George Strait and Earl Thomas Conley were some of my favorite singers.” So
was the Gospel star Phil Keaggy, a hero of Billy’s from his contemporary Christian music
days, and a man who inspired and encouraged Reasons dramatically over the last few
years.

Perhaps the most crucial step in Billy’s recovery from depression came when he realized
something about those 19 guitars: “They are my best friends,” he says now. He has
repaid that friendship a thousand fold.

Billy’s guitar style, because of physical limitations, is different from his earlier work but no
less satisfying. The chords he plays now, like those of Bill Evans’ jazz piano, give Billy’s
music a unique, full sound – and one that’s instantly recognizable.

Reasons could easily have given up in the wake of tragedy; the fact that instead, he has
returned with his strongest work to date will be a delight for Country Radio programmers
and fans for years to come.