Billy Spanton is a singer/songwriter and an accomplished guitarist. He has opened shows for bands such as .38 Special, The Outlaws, The Marshall Tucker Band and for members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, among others. During his career he has also played alongside some top notch musicians, including Simon Kirke of Bad Company fame. Some clubs Billy has performed at include the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ and BB King's on 42nd St. in the heart of Times Square, NY.
Billy Spanton's musical journey started many years ago with an original hard rock band called "Short Circuit", playing the NJ and NYC club scene, opening for a number of national acts plus recording their debut CD "Vent Of Frustration". After a good run, the band split up in the late 90's. Billy joined a local cover band, "Made in the Shade", which eventually led to the formation of two tribute bands... Tattoo You, a Rolling Stones tribute and Straight Shooter, a tribute to Bad Company. It was around this time that Billy met Simon Kirke, original and current drummer of Bad Company, which led to a friendship between the two artists that continues to this day.
After years of playing covers, Billy has been honing his own style, drawing from all his influences... Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rolling Stones, classic rock, country and blues. It was only a matter of time before he started writing again and this time he would be handling guitar and vocals, which is said to be his niche. He had finally found his "voice" and the material he has produced is soulful, bluesy and heartfelt and incorporated all his influences. The Billy Spanton Band's debut CD, "Long, Long Road", includes 11 tracks and flows beautifully from beginning to end. It also features Simon Kirke as a special guest on drums and bass on several tracks, including the title song. The majority of "Long, Long Road" finds Billy playing most of the instruments with the accompaniment of a few other special guests throughout the CD.
The live debut of "Long, Long Road" was at The Bitter End on Bleeker St. in NYC's Greenwich Village. Billy was joined onstage by Simon Kirke, and together they performed a nine song acoustic set of selections from the CD. Playing the songs acoustically is challenging, but the music seemed too "electric" to remain unplugged, which led Billy to begin assembling a full band, The Billy Spanton Band (aka BSB). The band quickly went on to land an opening slot on the "Bad Company 40th Anniversary Tour", playing in front of 10,000 people at a sold-out amphitheater. They also had the privilege of opening for The Outlaws at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ and then went on to headline a number of summer festivals.
"Matter of Pride", sophomore album, was recorded and released in 2017 and Rock Radio 105 The river out of Scranton/ Wilkes Barre started playing tracks from the record. Billy and Michelle appeared as guests with host, Alan Stout, for an hour live broadcast and were interviewed followed by a live on-air performance at Mohegan Sun Casino. Recently, the band headlined the Summer Kick-off in The Poconos celebrating the 4th of July for the 3rd consecutive year and the journey continues wherever the music takes them!