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Bill Bachmann

Musician and songwriter Bill Bachmann got his start opening for the likes of Dave Van Ronk and Steve Goodman in his hometown of Buffalo, NY. After a move to New York City’s Greenwich Village, Bill was soon called upon by luminaries Matt Glaser, Kenny Kosek, Jon Sholle, Stacy Phillips, Paula Lockheart and Peter Ecklund, among others, to play guitar on their highly acclaimed albums. Simultaneously, Bill had been wreaking havoc as a lead guitarist with Paul Siebel, Rod MacDonald, Andy Statman, The Song Project, David Massengill, and George Gerdes, to name a few. Variety magazine called him “impressive on lead guitar” and The Boston Globe commended his “tasteful lead guitar.” The New York Post deemed him “a fine guitarist” and the Boston Phoenix asserted that Bill was “grossly under-recorded.”

Bill also continued to gather acclaim as a songwriter. Singers Shawn Colvin, Lucy Kaplanski, Christine Lavin and other artists recorded his song “Vacation” on a Live at The Bottom Line CD. This track was chosen to appear on a Smithsonian Folkways Recordings CD, Fast Folk, along with other artists including Suzanne Vega, John Gorka, Richard Shindell and Steve Forbert. In the spring of 2009, Bill released his first solo CD, "Big World Out There." Wildy’s World calls it “a master class in marrying storytelling to song craft” and claims “there are few in the Folk world or out of it who can tell a story with quite the same zest, wit and intelligence without compromising the inherent musicality of a song.” writes, “His songwriting approach generally falls into two broad categories: clever, humorous use of the craft for purposes of wordplay and whimsy, and personal, poetic takes on the moments and corners of life and reality that are the stuff that always intrigues artists. He’s good at both.” The Daily Freeman in Kingston, NY, notes, “Bachmann brings a sense of history with his tunes that recall a time when words were as important, if not more, than flashy licks and vocal gymnastics.” Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange asserts, “I dare ya to find a release quite the equal of this. And you'll have to do so on your own, 'cause I ain't lettin' loose of my copy.”

"Folk-n-Roller," his 2011 CD, is lyrically driven, layered with humor and pathos, and showcases Bill’s total command of the guitar more than ever -- in choice of notes, dynamics, and creative improvisation, romping through a multitude of styles. Once again, he has produced the CD, played all the instruments, and written, arranged, recorded and mixed the songs himself. Grammy Award winner Don Grossinger (Brian Wilson, Rolling Stones, Shawn Colvin) did the mastering. claims “Bill Bachmann has delivered a near-perfect album that never disappoints.” Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange asserts, “Bachmann’s nothing if not clever as hell.” Folkwords calls it, “another guitar and lyrics masterclass.” Wildy’s World notes, “As songwriting goes, this is a ‘WOW’ moment… As a guitar player, there are few more accomplished than Bill Bachmann.” Muse’s Muse Reviews writes, “He’s infectious - & this CD will suck you in like a drug.” Ariel’s asks, “Is there anything Bachmann can’t do as a singer-songwriter?”

Bill currently resides in New York’s Westchester County, performing in and around the New York metropolitan area.

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