Everyone loves a good story about second-chances, and that’s exactly what Bill Abernathy’s story is all about. The Kansas City, Missouri resident began writing songs in his early teens. He played all through his school years, but then he stopped…Life took over.
Bill went about getting married, building a business career, and raising his children. After his kids graduated from school and started their careers, Bill picked up the guitar again and began trying to rekindle his love of music.
“Inspiration for my music comes from a variety of the many parts of my life,” Bill says. “Events and experiences of mine, my family, my friends, and sometimes even people I have never met all, contribute to the creativity of my music. I find it interesting and rewarding to let my imagination wander through the memory and spirit of life events and see where it takes me.”
Bill is a pure “lyrics-first” writer…a bit of a storyteller. “I feel the story and lyrics talk to me and tell me what the rest of the song is supposed to sound like,” he says. His last album, 2017’s “Find A Way” reached #5 on the Roots Music Report Traditional Folk Album chart, and the single, “Goodbye Will Never Come Again” reached #1 on the singles chart.
Bill’s latest collection of songs, “Crossing Willow Creek” is available now, with first single, “Cry Wolf” hitting radio airwaves around the globe. The single reached the iTunes Top 100 Rock Songs chart, while hitting the Top 5 on New Music Weekly’s country chart. Bill is also a December 2018 Billboard Magazine Emerging Artist.
“Sometimes life is good to you and gives you a second chance. In my youth I walked away from music for a myriad of personal reasons. Now, I’ve now been given a second chance to pursue this thing we love called music, and I am really enjoying the ride!”
So, without revealing all his secrets, let’s get to know more about Bill’s life and the impact music made on his career.
- Introduce yourself to our audience, what genre of music do you consider your work to be?
As a singer/songwriter, I try my best to match the genre of the music to best accentuate the song and the story behind the song. I’ve been fortunate to have tunes that hit many genre’s, but it seems Americana is where we land most often.
- What and who were your early passions and influences, What inspires you to make music?
I have always been fascinated with storytelling. When I hear a song I try to understand what the artist is talking about, and what that tune means to them in their lives. Diving deep into the lyrics is always fun for me.
- Tell us about that one memorable performance and favorite venue which you still wish to happen again?
We played a classic old German opera house. The look and the feel of the place was really cool. We are planning to play there again in July.
- Any funny Story of a fuck up during your performance where you handled that situation like nothing happened?
I tend to tell a few stories during a concert and was telling one which switching guitars. I wanted to hit a big of fat power chord at the end of the story, but forgot to unmute the amp. We all had a good laugh and moved on.
- If you could collaborate with any musicians(dead/alive), who would you collaborate with and why?
I have always enjoyed the work of Dan Fogelberg and Jimmie Spheeris. It would be great to set in with either or both.
- Any Tips to keep the balance between professional and music life?
My main tip is to acknowledge that balance is very important. My tune Find A Way is all about the day I lost that balance and what I missed out on because of it.
- What has been your biggest challenge as a Musician? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
I think a big challenge for anyone is to discover and understand who you are as a Musician. It’s really common for folks to know everyone else’s sound but never understand what their original sound is. I think I have found who I am, particularly through my songwriting and am really glad I have.
- What Tools and techniques you use to improve your singing/instrumental playing?
My songwriting begins with an idea, a random thought and then typically evolves into a mess of variant thoughts, words and passages. I let my imagination go and don’t worry about structure, rhymes, or cadence. Over time all those are used to create the finished product, but not at the beginning. It’s really a bit of a mess, but it works for me.
- What type of Gadgets and instruments do you use while practicing? And, Do you have any specific name of your instrument?
I have lots of guitars and I think each one has it’s own personality. Many times, when I am writing, I like to switch guitars during the process. Often, that switch will impact the tune in a cool way, give it a little different voice, which helps me realize where that tune needs to be.
- What advice would you have for someone wanting to become an Artist?
Know who you are and embrace it. You have a voice with something to say, so say it.
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