Bill Price

Posted by Christopher Rudder

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's this sort of folk music that brings me back to my recent trip to Croatia (Hrvatska). I took a 12 hour bus ride from the top of in a city called Riekja down along the Adriatic Coast to the old town of Dubrovnik. Bill's music reminds me of the breath taking scenery particularly between Split and Dubrovnik with melodies like that of Bruce Hornsby & the Range. It's nice to hear the older generation putting out great music, music that's not affected by the popular culture and/or commercialism. The mature experienced, seasoned, muscian pours out with every strum of a guitar.

As a fan of The Beatles and Bob Dylan as a teenager, Price set his sights on being a songwriter. "I don't know if it was the realization that I was always going to be just an average guitar player, or the fact that I always have an opinion, that got me headed in the songwriting direction. But, for whatever reason, I just got that fire. I was inspired by certain music to try and do the same thing, and I still am." Early collaborations with his cousin Dave Price and later on with Mario Noche were also based around writing original music. "Dave was the first person I knew that actually thought about having a "concept" for a song. Being in my early twenties, I thought that was pretty unique." The collaboration with Mario Noche was also a fertile creative period. "I think we both respected each other's songwriting ability and that inspired us to always try and bring something of quality to the table."
In 2000 Price recorded his first album of original material, "Bones & Apples." It received airplay in the US and Europe on college and independent radio. A songwriter that is in a band inspired by Bob Dylan is bound to take the next logical step - that is, write original music for his band. "It's an obvious extension of what we were exploring in all the old songs and Dylan's music. It was time to apply those qualities that we like in all of that music, to our own music. Carve out our own identity." The resulting album, "Better For The Deal," released in May of 2006, has fifteen original songs and strongly reflects the band's influences. He has continued to play and record music both with The Brains Behind Pa and other musicians. Price released "The Circus & The Gallows" 3-song CD single in 2007. In late 2009 he released "With the Eye of a Skeptic...", a full-length, acoustic-based CD. “It has received some very warm reviews and radio airplay overseas - mainly in Europe. Price explains, "The reception to this record has been the most positive and extensive that any of my albums have received so far. We've had a couple of reviews in the U.K. and airplay in Ireland which is new ground for my projects." There have also been positive reviews and airplay in, France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy, Sweden and Croatia to name a few more. Price's music has continued to gather momentum both locally and in Europe where the last few CD releases have seen healthy airplay and positive reviews from independent radio and media.

Listen to "Hear Me Out" by Bill Price

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CR: I wanna thank you for taking time out of your schedule to talk with me and to RogueMag. How Are You?

Bill Price: I’m doing just fine, thanks.

CR: Alright, lets do this!!! Aside from music and what is written in your bio, tell us something about you that your fans don’t know.

Bill Price: Let’s see. Although I don’t really follow sports any more, I grew up a huge baseball fan. I come from a long line of Chicago Cubs fans.

CR: As an artist, the musical journey is a