Well, a lot has happened since last I posted. At one point in time, I found that because of a mistake, on the part of the internet site provider, We lost the web name: www.billygreer.com. Thanks to Missy for her hard work to get the site back up and operating. Kansas has completed their “Colliagate Symphony tour”. It was very rewarding and I feel like we helped the music departments of several universites during the tour.
I also played a reunion of “ODD AND ENDS”. This was the very first band that I ever played in with my brother, Johnny. He was the drummer, I played bass and fronted the band. We played our reunion gig at the My brother’s blue grass venue, “Bluegrass at Bellamys.” It was a complete success! We had to turn away about 100 people because there simply wasn’t enough room for any more people. The venue holds about 225 people, located in our home town of Surgoinsville, Tennessee. BTW, my brother is now the mayor of the town! He is now an accomplished mandolin player. He has a fantastic bluegrass band called “Highway 11″. We included all the players that had ever played with the band, playing only the songs that we played during our time as the “ODDS AND END.” A great time was had by all! we didn’t charge admission, however, we did pass around a 1955 Chevy hubcap and ask for donation to a charity call “Samaritian’s Purse.” we raised $1500 for the charity.
The biggest highlight for me was, that my granddaughter, JORDAN, got up on stage with me and we sang a duet together! I couldn’t have been prouder! She had so much poise and sang wonderfully! I think a new star has been born!
The “ODDS AND ENDS” gig was on friday night. Saturday night, it was on to “ELLAS” in Greeneville, Tn to play a gig with my stepson, Braxton Adamson. My brother also sat in, playing mandolin on a couple of Beatles songs. Again, great time! Ellas is very cool place! Great food and live music 4 nights a week.
On Saturday morning it was on to lake Wylie, Sc to play a benefit for the ‘Juvenile Cancer society” to play a benefit with an old Friend of mine, “Justin Mychals.’ About 5 years ago Justin started having a benefit to help families who have a child fighting cancer. Every year he goes to the cancer society and adopts a family with special needs that need to met. The family that was the beneficiary of this years concert have two little boys, each having the same type of a rare form of leukemia. We were able to raise a substantial amount of money to give to the family and take some financial pressure off, for at least a little while! I wish them the best and pray for the complete recovery of their children.
I saw my friend this weekend when Kansas played in North Carolina. He told me that after all was said and done, we raised $48,000 for the benefit! Wow! A lot of people donated their time and for this great cause and we had pretty large time! Proud to be a small part of the whole deal.
Playing the “RIB FEST” in St Petersburg on the 13th of November with Braxton, along with old friend and band mate, Terry Brock with Eric Holmquist on drums. Come down and join the fun!
On the “SEVENTH KEY” front. I just spent four days in Los Angeles at Mike Slamer’s house. We wrote a couple of new songs and all in all it was a pretty successful trip. I am very pleased with the progress of the new CD and have a renewed sense of urgency and enthusiam to get this project finished!
Ok, all for now!
I JUST GOT HOME YESTERDAY FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS OFF FROM OUR TOUR WITH FOREIGNER AND STYX. THE TOUR HAS BEEN GOING GREAT AND FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES, WE ARE HAVING A GREAT TIME. WE ARE PLAYING A 40 MINUTE SET EACH NIGHT. SO, IT’S WHAM, BAM, IT’S MILLER TIME! WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY “RED ROCK” AMPHITHEATER, JUST OUTSIDE OF DENVER. WHAT AN INCREDIBLE VENUE. IF YOU EVER HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND AN EVENT THERE, BY ALL MEANS, DO IT. IF NOTHING ELSE, CHECK IT OUT ONLINE. IT IS TRULY ONE THE MOST MEMORABLE GIGS WE HAVE EVER PLAYED!
WE HAVE BEEN TRAVELING ON A TOUR BUS FOR THIS TOUR. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE BEEN ON A TOUR BUS HERE IN THE U.S. IN QUITE A FEW YEARS. NORMALLY WE FLY COMMERCIALLY AND RENT CARS. HOWEVER, PLAYING 4 OR FIVE GIGS A WEEKS, THIS IS THE ONLY OPTION. SLEEPING ON A TOUR BUS TAKES SOME GETTING USED TO BUT ONCE YOU GET THE HANG OF IT, IT’S HARD TO SLEEP IN A HOTEL BED. SOMETHING ABOUT THE HUM OF THE ENGINE AND THE SWAY OF THE BUS IS LIKE A SLEEPING PILL.
WE HAVE A ABOUT A DOZEN SHOW LEFT BEFORE WE PART COMPANY WITH THIS TOUR, SO, IF YOU GET A COME SEE THIS TOUR. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT.
I HAVE BEEN WRITING LYRICS FOR THE NEW SEVENTH KEY CD DURING OFF DAYS ON THE ROAD. THIS IS USUALLY THE HARDEST PART OF THE PROCESS FOR ME. SOMETIMES, SONGS SEEM TO WRITE THEMSELVES, OTHER TIMES, I REALLY HAVE TO WORK FOR THEM! ANYWAY, ALL FOR NOW. AS ALWAYS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
Once again, it’s been a while since I posted. Fact is I had surgery on my sinuses recently and have recovering over the past 10 days. As I may told you in an earlier post, My wife, Kathy, and I have been living in Savannah, Georgia for since last July. All the flowers and trees have been in bloom and As I write this post, you can literally see the pollen in the air and on your car and on everything. I’ve never seen pollen like this. I have felt like I am about to sneeze since I had my surgery. I couldn’t have picked a worse time to have it done! But wanted to get it out of the way before we start the seven week run with Styx and Foreigner.
There is really a vibrant music scene here in Savannah. I got my feet wet last night and played a gig here last evening at a place called “City Market”. It’s an outdoor square here in Savannah that is surrounded by restaurants and bars. It’s a cool place to sit around, have a bite and listen to live music. Got some more gigs coming up May 7,8 and 9 here in Savannah.
I play this weekend with Kansas in Live Oak, Fl. at the “Swannee River Music Festival. That’s the last gig we play before the big tour starts in the middle of May. Once we get out on the road, I’ll try and post more often to keep everyone updated with the tours’ progress. This will be the first time in a long time that we will be traveling from city to city on a tour bus.
Because of my surgery and recover time, I missed the chance to get out to Los Angeles to work on the new Seventh Key CD and also missed Mike’s daughter, Nicoles’wedding. She just got married over the weekend, so, he has had his hands full with all the wedding arrangements and guests.
I’ll close for now so, to all I wish health, happiness and remember to take time smell the flowers, I know I have! BTW, thanks for the comments. That tells me that at least you guys are taking the time to check out the posts.
I know it’s been a while since I posted. We are playing two shows this weekend and that usually means I have a whole lot of time sitting around the hotel with not much to do. I though I might take this time to do a little updating. If you’ve checked the band’s website lately, you see that we are going to touring with Styx and Foreigner. Hopefully we will be coming to a city near you and I hope I will be seeing some of you at these shows.
Musically, I have just been working on lyrics for the the New Seventh Key CD. Also, last Tuesday night I played a gig with Braxton at his weekly gig at Fionne MacCool’s Irish Pub in Jacksonville Beach. I live in Savannah, Ga now and I have finally tapped in to the local music scene and will be playing some gigs with Braxton around the Savannah area. All the gigs are listed on Myspace.com/BraxtonAdamson. If any of you live in the area and happen to read this post, please come on out and join us.
I am planning a trip out to Mikes before we start our 7 week run with Styx and Foreigner to start singing some of the final vocals for the new CD. That’s all for now. Time to get ready to ROCK AND ROLL!
Hope everyone is having a Happy New Year so far. it’s been a couple of weeks since I posted anything. Not really much to write about right now, just trying to get through this cold spell that seems to have affected about 2/3 of the country. Record low temps here in Savannah. Over a week of 20 degree overnight lows. Pretty cold for this part of the country. I guess my skin has grown thin over the last few years! It’s Saturday night and I am here watching the Colts and Ravens in the playoff game. It’s raining and very dreary outside.
On the good side, I got a forward of an email written by Kerry Livgren and his recovery is nothing short of miraculous! I think it’s on his website if you want to check it out.
Talked to Mike a few night ago. I hadn’t talked with him in a couple of weeks and it turns out, his mother-in-law has some health issues and is living with him and his wife for treatment in LA.
Since I’m not working with the band until the the end of the month, I have booked a gig up in Greeneville, Tennessee at a place called Ella’s, on Saturday the 23rd of January. Braxton will be playing with me. If you happen to live in the area, come on out and have some fun!
Thanks to those who have posted comments on the first offering and thanks for all the support.
As if I didn’t have enough on my plate. I have just started this running conversation so that I can keep those of you who might be interested, in the loop in what’s going on in my musical world, as well as hear your thoughts and maybe answer your questions. A little over two years ago Mike Slamer and I started working on the third Seventh Key CD. I got kinda side tracked when Phil, Rich, David and I started working on our spin off project, “Native Window”. If you haven’t heard of the project go to www.Nativewindow.com. Good stuff! Check it out.
Still Mike and I had 11 songs in various stages of completion and a good start on the next 7thK CD. I went out to Mike’s house, in Los Angeles, for 5 days on the 13th of December. Now we have 11 songs in an even better stage of completion. So, just so you know, we are on the march again and hopefully will have another CD in 2010.
Tomorrow is New Years Eve and Kansas is flying up to Minnesota to bring in the new year with our old friends “Night Ranger’. Should be a ROCKIN NIGHT! The high tomorrow in Minnesota is supposed to be 12 degress with a wind chill of colder than f#$k!
Also, I would like to wish all of you a safe and Happy New Year and a special THANKS to Missy Ross for taking the time to set up this blog page. Missy you are the best!