American Roots; Country; Rock
Jun 7, 2018
Billy Crain has played in front of over a million people in Washington, D.C. on the fourth of July, and performed for no one in a club called "The Losers," on Christmas Eve. He learned how to play guitar from the best, his brother Tommy Crain. He got to see Duane Allman, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Albert King, and Jimmy Page perform during his teen years. He's shared the stage with The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Halen, ZZ Top, The Cars, The Marshall Tucker band, The Allman Brothers Band, The Charlie Daniels Band, Molly Hatchet, Merle Haggard, George Strait, Jerry Lee Lewis, and all the heroes of old.
He's played a show using Duane Allman's Les Paul, recorded using Steve Gaines' Stratocaster, and is the proud owner of his brother's beloved gold top Les Paul. He has stayed up all night flipping quarters with Gregg Allman, jammed with Dicky Betts on "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed," into the wee hours, on a snowy night in a hotel room in Philadelphia, and almost had the bottom half of his left ear bitten off by Allen Collins. Keith Urban spent his first Thanksgiving in the USA at Mama Crain's house, and he's drank whiskey with Jimmy Page.
He's stood onstage with Blues Brother Dan Ackroyd, traveled in Econoline Vans, Silver Eagles, puddle jumper airplanes, and toured the world many times over. He's recorded with little known acts (at the time) like Shania Twain and The Dixie Chicks. He has received royalty checks for as little as 15 cents, and as big as $80,000. He's been an Outlaw, a Bellamy Brother, a Music Row songwriter, producer, and session guitar player. He's won multiple songwriter awards, received multi-platinum sales awards, and ended up shoveling horse**** to pay his child support.
He has been saved by the Grace of God, been a foster parent, a humanitarian to Haiti, buried his brother, and his parents, got sued, helped his wife survive cancer, adopted two young children, and had to retire indefinitely from the road for health reasons, all in a two year period.
He's Billy Crain.
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