HEY Everybody….JUST PLAYED A GREAT GIG AT COACHES CORNER, Livonia….had a great time and everyone was totally enjoying it….On the Patio by the golf Course.Playing there again on Sat June 15 and in July and August…. FORE!!!

Bill played in Downtown Plymouth on Saturday morning April 20 from 9 to 11. It's the annual Artisan Spring Market. I played last year as well. Pam Shillingford  joined me again and we did have a special guest in Jake Schultz sang a couple tunes…And we all froze our asses and fingers off!! Set your alarms!  haha……………HAPPY ST. Patricks Day.!  Bill had a great Irish weekend playing at the Great White Buffalo BC in Northville on Saturday outside and the Plymouth Pub on Sunday.  I'll be playing again at the GWBBC on Saturday April 13.and I DID…...CHEERS!!!

HELLO again  Below that are 2 recent videos: the Rockin Medley features a short sampling of my solo repertoire: ELP, Stevie Ray, Beatles, Clapton, Cat Stevens, John Hiatt, Tom Petty, and others. ….and also the cool Chris Stapleton tune.… Next is a setlist of the songs I'll be playing as a SOLO SINGER GUITARIST in 2024. With new songs added including songs by The Allman Bros, Oasis, Dire Straits, Jason Mraz, The Cure, STEELY DAN, and ME….among others. 

BILL has a number of SOLO GIGs in the coming months: at the Great White Buffalo in Northville on April 13th…The Plymouth Artisan Market on saturday April 20 from 9 to 11 am…..and will play GWBBC again in summer months outside. Also a number of gigs at COACHES CORNER in Livonia in May, June, July, and August. Bill will be playing BASS with the Maze band at the Livonia Spree on June 30 as well as other venues through out the state.

 

Bill can be reached at   (734) 233-4248

                         bbwb33@att.net or                                 willbeee707@gmail.com

 

This website is :     heyheyitsbillboley.com  also,

Check out:             ohnoitsbillboley on SOUNDCLOUD.com

for a ton of my music in too many different styles, Originals and Covers. My cover of Peter Gabriel's “In Your Eyes” has racked up 2508 listens in exactly a month with a lot of the listeners from Indonesia, Viet Nam, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt…..Wild!!……yayyy…

Thanks for checking me out!!!

Billy Ray Boley LIVE at the Drake Motel!!

Bill Boley

I have been going through my many years of HOME RECORDINGS and came across some interesting solo covers I did. I took a trip to Nashville in hopes of recording about 10 songs SOLO guitar and voice live. I got there, checked into the Drake Motel and called about 6 recording studios that were advertised for doing this sort of thing and did not get

I have been going through my many years of HOME RECORDINGS and came across some interesting solo covers I did. I took a trip to Nashville in hopes of recording about 10 songs SOLO guitar and voice live. I got there, checked into the Drake Motel and called about 6 recording studios that were advertised for doing this sort of thing and did not get one answered phone or message machine. SO, I just came home and recorded them in my home studio. They came out quite well. The Drake Motel is a famous dive of a motel that has been portrayed in any number of movies about Nashville. I had a fun time peeking through my window at the questionable characters coming and going 24 hours a day.. SO...here he is..., LIVE from The Drake Motel in Nashville, Tinnasee, it's BILLY RAY BOLEY!!!

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...on the streets of Rome...

or Paris? Oh, its just Plymouth, Michigan

The Gary Burton tapes

ANNOUNCING  my new JAZZ GUITAR EP: THE GARY BURTON TAPES 

These are Jazz standards I recorded while taking the Gary Burton Improvisation class at Berklee Online in 2022. All tunes I'd never heard before.(oh, I've heard My Funny Valentine) The rhythm tracks of Bass, Drums, and Gary playing Piano or Vibes were provided so then I would play the melody and improvise. Gary plays mostly Piano and on a few I would also play the rhythm comping guitar part. They are all quite high quality. If you don't know who Gary is he's kind of the Guru of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Probably the most recognized Vibraphone player of the last 50 years in the Modern Jazz world. Ok...if you have a spare 5 bucks that would be GREATLY Appreciated as well!!! Thanks,....Bill

The Gary Burton Tapes

The Gary Burton Tapes

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6 songs recorded in Gary Burton's Improv class with Gary playing Piano and Vibes with his rhythm section of bass and drums. Bill plays lead and solos with Rhythm guitar on a few of them. Some swinging Jazz Standards by Ellington, Jobim, Silver, Jarrett and more...

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Bill can be reached at: bbwb33@att.net

 

Bill's long awaited Theatre project is HERE                     for 2023 and 2024 !!!

"A Renaissance Rock Opera". Act ONE ...Nine songs with an Overture... Act TWO will follow in the coming months. All songs are Written and Performed by William Boley and C 2023 Bellezza Blue Music. 

                               WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT it:

 "WOW"  "Rockin!"   "Creative and Fun"  "Sophisticated"  "Nice work!"  "Awesome Sounds""It took me to a Broadway Theatre right from the Overture"  "This is pretty Amazing" "I am Boogieing,Dude!"  "Some damn fine Playing!"  "Your compositional skills have just grown and grown" "Consistently deep into that groove zone of audible enjoyment" "Some amazing musical sound to behold"  "Nice vocals and lyrics" "Both of my dogs were really enjoying listening to it and they were noticeably more relaxed. One of them certainly enjoys good music." "mixing and mastering are very good" "Of course, the guitar was all excellent""A deep range of musical invention here" "I was sad when it ended, looking forward to Act 2" "This is pretty great stuff" "Damn, I'll be break dancing before long!"

 

ACT ONE

OVERTURE

ON BY GO THE PEOPLE

COME BACK

WITH JUST ONE MORE KISS

BRIGHT SIDE

SHE HAD A FUNNY WAY OF BREAKING MY HEART

NEVER GOING AWAY

DIDN't SEE IT COMING

THE DERMASSAGE GIRL

LEAVE IT UP TO ME

February, 2023                     Welcome to my "Renaissance Rock Opera."

  All Words and Music by William Boley  C  2023  BELLEZZA BLUE MUSIC licensed through CDBABY and ASCAP.

All these songs have been written over the years with an idea of being part of a "Musical Theatre Project." As I have been a pit orchestra musician playing Guitar, Bass, Banjo, and Ukulele in about 45 local musical theatre shows all around Southeastern Michigan starting when I was 18 years old, it's always been in the works (although there is no banjo or ukulele in these songs, YET..) Here's a rundown of what to expect: 

OVERTURE touches on five different songs, some that are in Act 2.(which will be released in the future)

ON BY GO THE PEOPLE is a pretty Rockin' Pop Reggae tune with some screaming guitar.

COME BACK is a Melodic Rock tune with an ending Reggae blowout.It has a nice beat and you can dance to it!

WITH JUST ONE MORE KISS is a cool Ballad and may end up being the Title of this musical extravaganza.

BRIGHT SIDE is the only Country tune of the bunch. Some have said it's not really country. OK..Guess it could use some more Twang..

SHE HAD A FUNNY WAY OF BREAKING MY HEART tells a nice story, again in the Reggae Pop realm. Another tune you can dance to.

NEVER GOING AWAY is the only Bossa of the bunch and is definitely more of a real Show Tune.

DIDN'T SEE IT COMING is the real wicked one of the bunch in a loud Rockin' Blues style.

THE DERMASSAGE GIRL is hard to pin down what it is…  The lyrics are all gleaned from a Dermassage dishwashing liquid bottle with a girls pic on it who happened to look like a friend of mine. I just don't know where this fits. I guess it's a blues that would fit in some kind of musical theatre show

LEAVE IT UP TO ME is a staple of my Singer/Songwriter repertoire and could be, should be a hit in the Power POP world.

     OVERALL, a good mix of songs and styles. None are lyrically too Sappy or Sad..(but stay tuned...ha..) they may be a bit cliche' but so what....the music is good and it all ROCKS.!!  I can perform most of these songs as a solo singer/songwriter act. On these full band recordings, all instruments played by Bill Boley, a 2022 graduate of the Berklee College of Music,.There's only one drum track that is not played by me and that is the Bossa tune rhythm machine. You can download the 10 songs below for $9.99 and that would be a great help to me ... Hope you enjoy this... Thanks, Bill

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO LEAVE A COMMENT..good or Bad.. to my Email   bbwb33@att.net and I'll list them here anonymously....

 Below are the songs in :20 or :30 second preview clips. The Overture does play for the full 4:15.

 

A Renaissance Rock Opera......Act One

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Here it is! Featuring: Nine songs with an Overture. All Words and Music by William Boley. All music performed by Bill Boley including Acoustic, Electric, Classical, and Bass guitars, Keyboards, Live electric Drums, and all Vocals. C 2023 William Boley, Bellezza Blue Music, All Rights Reserved.

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This is me in Dorney, Scotland, in the Scottish Highlands way up there by the Isle of Skye. In front of the McRae Castle on the Eilean Donan Island. My Scottish roots on display.....

TARIFA SUN

Welcome to my album TARIFA SUN. Once again it is all instrumental….. The rundown: 

El Ras Tarifa has elements of Reggae and Flamenco with some nice acoustic melodies and improv.

Smokin' Whiskey Blues is a cool slow blues with an improvised melody and solo that was done in one take the first time I played to it. THIS TUNE HAS BEEN STREAMED ON TIKTOK AND FACEBOOK OVER ten thousand times…as in 10,000 times !!! Wild…and you don't know where.

Cashin' It In  is a country tune I created for a cooking show that they didn't use.(Probably too real of an example of country music...ha). just not perfect enough.

 Berklee Irie!!! is a nice pop reggae track I wrote while attending Berklee. This also has an improvised melody and solo done the first time I played to it (I like this type of improvisation). Need to put some lyrics to it for it's optimum hit song potential. 

Funky Boston is a Jazz-Rock journey with about 4 different sections in close to 6 minutes.Very 70's fusion sounding… on purpose…although fusion is not really a favorite of most people. Too bad.

Gray Matter works as a film scoring idea that creates a certain mood.

Farruca Benahavis is a solo flamenco improvisation I recorded in Spain under the Tarifa Sun. The moped dude was not feeling my sensitive Spanish passion! 

Prelude in Zappa is also an improvised melody and solo with one take on all instruments.First played a drum beat for 2 minutes, then improvised a bass line, then played the screaming lead guitar. Frank would be proud...or not.       And finally, the wonderous

Ice Cakes by the Dixie Dregs. I took their drummer Rod Morgenstein's drum class at Berklee and was very inspired to try and play this song since I've been listening to it since about 1980. It's at a slower tempo than the blazing original but I played it for Rod and he was very appreciative of my attempt.He said it brought back fond memories of when he recorded it in the late 70's. (implying that I made some of the same mistakes he did….haha. Rod is one of the absolute greats).

OK...9 songs I'm all very proud of. I hope you can buy this $9.95 album of mine. A lot of work went into it. Below are just 20 second clips. SO buy it for the whopping 10 bucks and help me pay my student loans that will keep me occupied for a loooonnnggg time!!! Hope you enjoy this music...every note made by a live human being. Oh, yeah....

Thanks for listening,

Bill

Bill plays all instruments including Electric, Acoustic, and Classical guitars; electric Bass; Electric Drums, Piano, and Keyboards. Oh...and a bit of Cowbell....yeah.

 

THE REVIEWS ARE IN: "WOW! The songs are great!"   "Very good jams...definitely groovin" "I like your Liner notes".  "Very versatile...it's great!"  "Pleasant and Pleasing...MAGIC is Prelude to Zappa" "Wow...Excellent".  "The guitar work is excellent. The keyboard and percussion really are quality." "...f@#ing fantastic!"       

NEW PICS FOR 2022.... Keep scrolling Down, Down, Down

TARIFA SUN

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APRIL 1, 2022! IT'S HERE!!!! "Tarifa Sun" is my new album release. Eight instrumentals composed and performed by me and one cover tune, the blazing 'Ice Cakes" by the Dixie Dregs. Many different styles are covered here and at .79 cents per song you can't go wrong with owning any one of 'em. Take 2, they're small! For a whopping $7.00 you can have

APRIL 1, 2022! IT'S HERE!!!! "Tarifa Sun" is my new album release. Eight instrumentals composed and performed by me and one cover tune, the blazing 'Ice Cakes" by the Dixie Dregs. Many different styles are covered here and at .79 cents per song you can't go wrong with owning any one of 'em. Take 2, they're small! For a whopping $7.00 you can have the whole thing! What a deal! 35 plus minutes of music....musical fun for everyone!!

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Find the cost of Freedom

This is the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young song performed by me and former Thieves Oil bandmates Jeanne and Lauck Campbell. I did all the guitars and Jeanne and Lauck sang it with me singing some backing vocals as well. We created it in honor of our friend Paul Pakizer who past away from Covid in December 2021. Paul ran the Northville Music Academy where we worked teaching there for a good part of a decade. Paul was also a core member of my Rock Ensemble Class for over 5 years. He always liked this song....and they played this version at his memorial service. Rest in Peace, Paul.We have certainly missed you in our Thursday night class often saying "lets do this one like we used to with Paul."

     And now David Crosby has passed. Stephen Stills is the sole songwriter on this. A beautiful song whoever sings it and we do a great version of it. Thanks, Jeanne and Lauck.

TAKE COVER

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A collection of covers performed by Bill Boley. Includes songs by Steely Dan, The Tubes, Sting, Butch Walker, Genesis, Todd Rundgren, Cheap Trick, and more.

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Over the Sea to Skye

Here are 5 of my compositions that make up a nice EP.

“Flippin' the Bird” is a bit different in it's swinging bebop style. The cover photo is of the Isle of Skye that I took when I visited Scotland in 2015.

"Another Nice Tune" and the title track are newly recorded this year.

"Half Moon Sambossa" was written for a composition class I took a few years ago and you can see the chart of it below.

"Blues for a Sweltering Day" was written in Los Angeles and in the chart below you can see where my sweat darkened the writing...it was hot as hell in a small apartment with no air conditioning... The lead guitar was an improvised melody that was recorded in one take the first time I ever played to it. Overall, there's lots of guitars and improvisation with piano and bass in a quieter mood...hope you like it. BB July, 2021

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The “Take Cover” photo at the very top of this webpage is from Tarifa, Spain. Off in the distance is Algiers, Africa. The cover photo of “Over the sea to Skye” IS actually the Isle of Skye way up in the Northern Scotland Highlands.

Music with Vocals

The Mediterranean in Tarifa, Spain

TAKE COVER

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A collection of covers performed by Bill Boley. Includes songs by Steely Dan, The Tubes, Sting, Butch Walker, Genesis, Todd Rundgren, Cheap Trick, and more.

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The highly successful Chord and Scale posters by BB

This is my SCALE POSTER that I've sold on EBAY for the last 8 years. It is 11 by 17 inches and LAMINATED.Get it to the cart for $13.00 with FREE SHIPPING!

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