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Music

The best kept secret in music

Press


The Williamsport Sun Gazette writes, "Jacobson's current CD boasts strong vocals as well as a hard driving guitar sound.." - Williamsport Sun Gazette


Musican and producer Johnny J. Blair wrote, "when I first saw Willy perform he reminded me of Cat Stevens on a lot of espresso and I must say, Willy can really sing!" - Johnny J. Blair


Discography

The Billings Band is currently in the studio working on their debut album which is scheduled to release sometime in December 2005. They have released a four song demo which is available for purchase at www.thebillingsband.com. 'Get Away' has received airplay on Knoxville's 98.7 "The River".

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Bio

The Billings Band was formed by two friends, Gennard Lombardozzi and Willy Jacobson. The two grew up jammin' together in Montana, but college took them their separate ways. Gennard attended Concordia University in Minnesota and then earned a Master's degree in opera from the University of Tennessee. Jacobson attended Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. After college, both continued to pursue careers in music. Gennard performed in a classical vein which took him overseas for a time. Jacobson played his music in a folk rock style and enjoyed a 7 state tour. When the two reunited in 2004, they combined for a really unique style. They blend acoustic and electric sounds with strong vocal harmonies. Brian Herrin, an Iowa native, was picked up for his skills on keyboard, percussion and vocals. He had been quietly pursuing his interests in popular music while enjoying a successful opera career. Shawn Irwin, an award winning bluegrass harp player was recently added to give the band a unique and exciting twist. Josh Lowery, the band's newest member plays bass and adds a much needed colorful low end. Together, The Billings Band puts together a full and exciting sound. The group is currently playing venues in Knoxville, TN and planning a tour of the east coast and the midwest. Their influences include: Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Pearl Jam, The Counting Crows, John Mayer, and Gavin Degraw. The Billings Band is set apart by their vastly contrasting members that blend an unusual arrangement into a sound you can identify with.