Billy T Band
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Billy T Band

Oslo, Oslo County, Norway | INDIE

Oslo, Oslo County, Norway | INDIE
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"The Billy T. Band, International Blues Star"

THIS UPCOMING MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2012 - @ CADILLAC ZACK'S MONDAY BLUES PARTY & JAM - DOUBLE BLUES EXPLOSION - Featuring Two Stunning Blues Entities making rare appearances in So Cal! THE BILLY T BAND is flying in from Norway for this one...special show. They will feature their brilliant guitarist, HAKON HOYE, who's like the Jimmie Vaughan of Norway! This will be amazing! PLUS A VERY SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY BAY AREA BLUES SAX GIANT TERRY HANCK! - ADDRESS: Maui Sugar Mill Saloon (18389 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA) - 8 pm til 9:30 pm. Then the huge weekly BLUES JAM will rage until 1:00 am with L.A.'s finest blues musicians. FREE ADMISSION but we kindly suggest a small $15 or $20 donation per person so we can keep the best blues music alive in Southern California. - Yelp - The Sugar Mill, Tarzana, CA - USA

"Billy T Band - "L.O.V.E. (just a silly notion)"

Smooth is the key word for this outing by American Billy T. and his Norwegian compatriots. His smooth vocals and a collection of seamless original and cover songs played by crack players make it hard to believe these guys never stepped on American soil, as they have a real feel for Memphis soul, R & B, swamp rock and rockabilly all injected with blues. The mostly blues infused guitar solos add a freshness to the proceedings. Southern soul music is the predominate sound bolstered by blues. Billy Troiani sure has the mellow pipes to deliver the goods. This music is well suited for a lazy day at the beach or a barbeque.

Low key soul simmering make the title track, "Trying To Live My Life Without You" and a cover of Major Lance's "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um" go down easy. The original "You Don't Answer My Letters" is swamp rock with a reggae feel to the backbeat. Rockabilly is visited on Johnny Horton's "I'm Comin' Home" taken at a slower tempo than I'm used to, but Billy's delivery and rockabilly guitar riff's done to a 'T' make this a keeper. I'm still wondering about these guys from Norway....they must of spent many hours soaking up roots music from the states. Nothing seems forced or hesitant. "I Was Born A Loser" a 1966 hit for Memphis native Bobby Lee hits the spot. It's hard to tell the originals from the covers as Billy and crew can come up with a sound on their own that harkens back to old school blues as on the drown-your-sorrows lament "That's What The Whiskey's For". The instrumental "Selma" brings up images of Booker T. & The MG's featuring a blues solo interjected midway.

The musician's here don't miss a turn. The only minor quibble I can see is the use of synth-strings on "Um, etc.". But it's hardly noticed. The guitar army of Ian F. Johannessen, Hakon Hoye and guest Sven Zetterberg support each other throughout in fine style. The drumming of Alexander Pettersen and Billy T's rock steady bass playing along with the occassional keyboards add all the right touches. It's pleasant to see such attention to detail given by folks from another land to a music heritage they obviously love. Billy has surely taught and/or learned well from his friends. Music coming from the heart like this deserves wider attention. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up.

Reviewer Greg 'Bluesdog' Szalony is from the New Jersey Delta. He is the proprietor of Bluesdog's Doghouse at

- Blues Blast Magazine, USA

"The raw sound of another seccess - "Råbarket lyd av ny suksess!""

5/6 - Råbarket lyd av ny suksess
Festmusikk fra et av landets beste bluesrelaterte band.

Billy T Bands forrige album innbrakte dem en velfortjent Spellemannpris i 2010, og årets Mo-Billy-T er på alle vis enda hakket hvassere. Det sier litt om kvalitetene dette bandet besitter.

Kvartetten ledet an av amerikaneren William «Bill» Troiani, med en fortid i Tom Russell Band på bass og vokal, har denne musikken i genene, eller kroppen om du vil.

Gitaristene Håkon Høye og Ian F. Johannessen vet hva som skal til for at denne musikken, bestående av en herlig miks av amerikansk soul, blues, r&b og swamp rock - virkelig skal lette fra grunnen.

Dette er klassisk vare, helt på høyde med hva som serveres internasjonalt. Et band med eminent timing, innlevelse, rytmikk, blåsere og fengende låter.
- Aftenposten - Oslo, NO


* A Little Mixed Up: Big H Rec - 2007 (BIGHCD0701)
* L.O.V.E (just a silly notion): Big H Rec - 2010 (BIGHCD1001)
* Mo-Billy-T: Big H Rec - 2012 (BIGHCD1208)



Bill was born and raised in New York City, and played and recorded with Eddie ”Bluesman” Kirkland for 12 years, and the Tom Russell Band for 10 years. Along the way , he worked with such diverse artists as Lightning Hopkins and Nancy Griffith.

After moving to Oslo Norway in 1997, Billy T ran the house band at the ”Muddy Waters” blues club for 7 years, helping to launch the young Norwegian talents Amund Maarud and Kid Andersen (now with Rick Estrin & the Nightcats). At ”Muddy Waters” they had the opportunity to backup a respectable number of famous blues musicians, including Homesick James, Nappy Brown, Willie ”Big Eyes” Smith, Bill Sims and Tad Robinson, to name a few.

”Muddy’s” has closed, but the band plays on. As well as William (Bill) Troiani on the bass and vocals, the BILLY T BAND packs a lot of talent in Ian Fredrick Johannessen and Haakon Hoeye on guitars, and the eminent drummer Robert Alexander Pettersen, (the youngest member of the band). Years of ”gigs” has earned the band friends and fans from as far away as Moscow and New York City, with Oslo in the middle.

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