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Sonny Bill Glover

Sonny Bill Glover (Billy Glover, BMI) - contact:

Thank you for your interest in my music - a quilt of musical styles and also the story of my life.

From the time I saw the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show, music got hold of me. My musical experience has been broad - rock, folk, jazz, classical, blues, bluegrass, instrumental, and world. I studied music and acoustical engineering, earning an advanced degree from Purdue University.

After school, I opted for a straight career, but music was always in my soul and on my mind. Now that I have completed a very successful career at a major industrial company - where I had roles from acoustic engineer to environmental leader to company strategy leader, and worked on six continents - I now have the pleasure to devote my time to music.

My influences are broad, but my musical roots are in acoustic guitar work. I am a proud guitar geek, especially when it comes to acoustic guitar. So called, “american primitive” guitar style – think John Fahey and Leo Kottke – on top of late 60’s/early 70’s rock - that is my personal home base. Beyond that my favorite lyrics not only tell a story or evoke an emotion, but also give the listener something to think about. I am certainly not above a raucous “feel good” song, but I always like a bit of a twist. Finally, my approach is to borrow elements from a wide variety of old and new music…shake, stir, season to taste and create something new.

After leaving corporate life, my first move was to build out my home studio in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho - Wooden Music Studio. This enabled me to hone old songs, and develop new music.

Two albums are now available - see below.

40 Miles
As you can hear on the album "40 Miles," changes are my comfort zone. I hope you hear a bit of a “mix tape” that you can listen to again and again. All listeners will find something they will enjoy. I wrote all the songs on the album, did all the lead vocals, and all the acoustic guitar work. In addition, I also play ukulele, mandolin, electric guitars, steel drums, synth pad and percussion on selected tracks. I also had the great honor of having a wonderful group of fabulous players contributing to the recordings, and a great producer leading the whole process. Basic tracks (drum + bass) were recorded at Resonant Sound in Wenatchee, WA. I recorded all the lead vocals, and acoustic guitars in my own studio. Additional parts were recorded at Turn Studios in Seattle and back in my own Wooden Music Studio. Mastering was done at Rainstorm in Tennessee.

Waiting for Lyrics
This is the kind of music I compose while I am “Waiting for Lyrics” to inspire me.
The album is a set of ten instrumentals featuring acoustic guitars, electric guitars, mandolins, and mandola, along with occasional percussion and synthesizer – all aimed at creating an interesting sonic space anchored in “wooden music.”
You are invited to take a brief holiday from your normal activities and immerse yourself in the musical textures of these tunes.
The album features acoustic guitars, electric guitars, mandolins, and mandola, along with occasional percussion and synthesizer. You will hear a variety of styles and influences from traditional to jazz, from perky to chill. I composed the songs, played all the instruments, and engineered the recordings at Wooden Music Studio in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Mastering was done by Rainstorm.
My sincere wish is that you find something in this album that provides the soundscape you crave, the vision that delights you, the feeling that you need – whatever that may be.