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May052017

August 4th - Billy Hector

 

The Sparta Summer Concert Seriesis proud to welcome Billy Hector back to town. Whether BillyHector is teasing you with his sultry slide work, pickingthrough delta blues or flat-out cranking it up and crunchingout the electric blues/rock on his beloved vintage FenderStratocaster, his music reflects the true soul and origins ofthe blues; always passionate, engaging and dedicated tomaking the audience move and sweat. Having honed hischops and style through three decades of performances,Hector is critically recognized as one of the hottest and mostinteresting guitarist/songwriters on the original circuit andhas even been called “A New Jersey state treasure” by musicwriters.

 

Early in his career, Billy Hector identified himself as a deeply grounded and versatile player drawing his influences from important predecessors including T-Bone Walker, Freddie King, Jimi Hendrix, Roy Buchanan and a host of others across musical style and genre. But, as with all truly great musicians, recognizable influences are interesting only insofar as they provide a departure point for the musician's spirit. It falls on the musician to shape his predecessor's ideas into music that does not simply replicate but engagingly adds to the whole. Most can only aspire to this level of creation; Billy Hector generates it in spades and it happens every night.

In the late 70s, Hector’s first stop was as the guitarist for The Shots, a horn-driven R&B group that took over the house band role from Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes at the renowned Stone Pony. He moved on as lead guitarist for Hot Romance, a band based at the infamous Mrs. Jay’s biker bar in Asbury Park that also began receiving New York City radio airplay for its original songs.

In the mid-80’s, drawn back to earlier musical roots, Billy Hector formed the five-piece blues/rock band The Fairlanes and, co-wrote and released three independent albums on the Blue Jersey label.

By early 1993, Hector regrouped as a power trio and renamed his band The Billy Hector Band. The band’s present lineup is guitars/lead vocals Billy Hector, drummer Sim Cain and bassist Tim Tindall. The Billy Hector Band also performs acoustic blues in multiple personnel configurations.

 A prolific songwriter/composer, Billy Hector has fourteen albums to his credit, most on the independent Ghetto Surf label. And with over thirty-five years of performing under his belt, Billy Hector is recognized as one of the hottest guitarists and songwriters playing the original circuit and serves up what more than one reviewer has called "one of the best shows you'll ever see".

Opening the evening is Blue Country.  

Blue Country plays a mix of old and new country, choice rock, blues & folk favorites by artists such as:

Allison Krauss, Hank Williams, Toby Keith, Willie Nelson, Grateful Dead, John Prine, James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Eric Clapton, Randy Travis, AlanJackson, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Patty Loveless, Steve Goodman, Bob Dylan, The Band, Little Feat, Jonny Cash, Lyle Lovett, Tanya Tucker, Joe Cocker, Jerry Lee Louis, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, John Denver, Mearl Haggard, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, and more...

  The concert at the Nicholson Pavilion, Dykstra Park, 22 Woodport Rd, Sparta begins at 7PM Friday night, rain or shine. See www.spartaarts.org for additional information. Please check the website after 2pm on Friday for any inclement weather updates.

 

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