Some of the most talented regional players have set in on recording sessions and performed live with BEB. Not a "perfect" music by any means, BEB music has been called "under produced" and in todays over produced, super over compressed sounds a music more subtle can easily be called under produced. Bill takes great pride and has spent many, many hours to bring the listener a grass roots, back to a clear basic sound. 2020 will see new tunes as we celebrate the 20 year anniversary of our first CD "Never Let Go" Buy BEB music!! Thanks!!!
In Oct. 1997 Bill began writing songs for the upcoming project later to be named Bill Ely Band. In 1998 Bill began recording demo songs for the first BEB CD at Cherry Ave. studio in Madison, NC. In the late fall/early winter of 1998 Bill met Brad Tally (lap Steel guitar)and his cousin, (bass player) Chad Smith. They named the band and we started laying trax down in may 1999. Brad had to leave the band before we finished the CD, Travis Comer came in and we completed the work, Travis left the following year but both musicians left me with some really great music ! ! !
BEB loves to play live!!
Bill's influences are (but not limited to) Moby Grape, Billy Nicholls, Nilsson, John Hartford, Revis, Chevel, Alice n Chains, The Who, Dick Dale, Beatles, Cat Mother, Gram Parsons, the Dillards, and more.
A Gibson L 6 of 1984 vintage is one of m favorite guitars. Acoustic guitar wise I found an 1982 Ibenez v320 that has "that" sound, the sound I look for, and hey! for a thousand dollars less than I expected!
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