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Obsessed with music from an early age, Billy Appleton started as a drummer at the age of 9, playing in elementary and junior high stage bands until the age of 14 when he switched to guitar. Heavily influenced by the rock and blues guitarists of the 60s and 70s, he spent countless hours jamming and playing with various local bands playing music from Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Alvin Lee, Johnny Winter, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, SRV, Robin Trower and many more.

In the early 90s, Billy got bit by the blues bug and began a musical journey to find out where rock and roll really came from. It was during that period in his life that the light bulb came on, so to speak, and transformed forever the way he approached guitar playing and songwriting. Some of his biggest blues influences include the 3 Kings-BB, Albert and Freddie, Albert Collins, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Howlin Wolf, Johnny Copeland, Willie Dixon and Elmore James, to name a few.

During this time, he played with a locally successful band, Smokin’ Gun, which went on to record a CD, Bad Luck Blues, in which Appleton wrote and co-wrote the majority of the original music on the project including the flagship track, “Don’t Touch M Girl.” In 1998 collectively, as a band, they won the Washington Blues Society Award for Best Northwest Blues Recording. Later, the Blues Society would use one of Appleton’s songs on a blues compilation CD, Best of the Northwest Blues, featuring Smokin’ Gun and many other Northwest blues bands. In 2023, Billy was honored to be nominated for best male vocalist by the WBS.

In the early 2000s, Billy took the lead guitar job alongside blues harp master, Bill Mattocks, and played shows across the Northwest for the next six years. Finally, expressing a desire to front his own band, he put together a group of stellar musicians performing the rock and roll and blues music he has loved for the last 40 years as well as a new crop of original music that is sure to please. He is also grateful to God for the love and support of his wife Linda of 31 years, all the many great musicians and people he has had the pleasure to play with and know. The current lineup consists of Jeff Swanson on keyboards, Larry Greenleaf on bass and Jon Sayre on drums.