And later that same year!

Hello everyone,
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: 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!

8 Responses to “And later that same year!”

  1. Cheri Says:

    That was a great concert during the furniture show in North Carolina Sunday night. It was funny when you commented that you didn’t know what to expect with a bunch of furniture people but that they were great. That was the most packed show during any market and people were talking about how good you guys are. I think you have some new fans. I had fun in my front row spot but where else would I be?

  2. fan4greer Says:

    Great Billy,
    Sounds like you had a great time while away from Kansas and back with family. (thousand mile drive for you) Glad to hear you were singing some old Beatles stuff. (btw Paul McCartneys Hofner bass went for $32,000 last week) Always a special gig to play with family and friends. Our old band is too disbursed but Eric Claptons guitar player bought our old guitar players Gretch Country Gentleman (left handed) and I still get to see it on TV from time to time. I understand you were under the weather for the first couple of days while out in CA but sounds like you recovered and got some good tracks down. Can’t wait to get to hear the new stuff. I know it will contain your power and harmonies and that definate lead vocal you were meant to share with the world. Thanks for sharing that gift as well as your philanthropic attitude you always seem to share with others. You are a different kinda cat man,… and we all share in your gifts.
    GM (madman)

  3. Evgeni Says:

    There’s been a great while for the 7th Key 3 to become seasoned and up-to-date and all fans are in fighting trim before the CD player to give a full round-the-clock listen to this punchy new stuff. Enjoyed this great show at Rib Fest a lot! Regards from all of us and keep it up!

  4. MIke Says:

    It is very exciting to hear that another 7th Key cd is on the way. Keep posting your live engagements in the Savannah area. I go through there every spring on our way to Key West. We usually stop in Savannah having lived their for 5 years in the early Nineties. In fact I can still see and smell my living room every time I listen to Freaks of Nature. Funny how that works. We used to live in mid town on 54th street.


  5. Tom Nykmap Says:

    Its Tom from the plane ride to Atlanta. Please remind me again on where you will be playing on New Years. Make sure to call me the next time you come to the Island and I will meet up with you.


  6. Dan Blades Says:

    Cant wait to hear the new material. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
    New Age Productions

  7. Steve Porter (Shriner Steve) Says:


    Much Peace you are the best. Hope to see you on tour.

  8. Robert Says:

    I am an old fan of City Boy (saw them live 3 times in Canada, in the late 1970’s! What a fantastic group they were!)Mike Slamer has always been one of my favorite guitarists, and I love everything he does! Also, Billy, you are great, I love Seventh Key and Terry Brock’s Diamond Blue album. I live in Thailand these days, and work in Sudan of all places! So,just to let you guys know, you’ve got fans overseas too! Kind regards to all of you, for giving me much listening pleasure over the years!

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