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Choice Cuts

by Billy Hector

Fan approved cuts from mind melting rock n roll to blistering blues to psychedelic funk to smoldering ballads. Every song here is performed with grace, passion and undeniable talent. All original other than a cover of the Rolling Stones' Stray Cat.
Genre: Blues: Blues-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Someday Baby
4:19 album only
2. Come On Home
4:35 album only
3. Stop Doggin Me 'round
4:04 album only
4. Hard to Please
3:57 album only
5. Wild Heart
3:59 album only
6. Sally Said
3:57 album only
7. Big Boy Now
4:17 album only
8. Old School Thang
7:36 album only
9. I Remember Every Night
4:11 album only
10. Moonlight in Her Eyes
5:37 album only
11. Pollyanne
4:27 album only
12. Stray Cat
4:00 album only
13. Cold Wind
4:11 album only
14. Dealin' With the Devil
4:37 album only
15. Hit the Road
5:49 album only
16. Callin' On Love
6:07 album only


Album Notes
Whether multi-award winning guitarist, songwriter and frontman Billy Hector is teasing you with his sultry slide work, picking through delta blues or flat-out crunching out the electric blues/rock on his beloved stratocaster, he has been serving up what more than one reviewer has called “one of the best shows you will ever see”. Having honed his chops and style through more than three decades of performances, Billy Hector is critically recognized as one of the hottest and most interesting guitarist/songwriters on the original circuit and has even been called “A New Jersey state treasure” by music writers

A prolific songwriter/composer, Billy Hector has a dozen CDs and a DVD to his credit, most on the independent Ghetto Surf label. In this tradition of excellence. and true to its title, Choice Cuts, Hector’s newest independent release takes the listener on a fan chosen trip of Hector originals from the past 27 years of his recorded material, across a varied range of the rich roots/rock landscape, driven by Hector’s signature style of solid songwriting and guitar brilliance. The new CD is composed of 15 original songs which nicely cover the expansive range of Hector’s moods and intentions and the fan approved Hector cover of the Rolling Stones' Stray Cat. The Bonus Track features a previously unreleased original entitled "Callin' on Love", a psychedelic flurry of guitar textures with a political timbre.

Early in his career, Billy Hector identified himself as a deeply-grounded and versatile player drawing his influences from important predecessors including T-Bone Walker, Freddie King, Jimi Hendrix, Roy Buchanan and a host of others across musical style and genre. But, as with all truly great musicians, recognizable influences are interesting only insofar as they provide a departure point for the musician’s spirit. It falls on the musician to shape predecessor’s ideas into music that does not simply replicate but engagingly adds to the whole. Most can only aspire to this level of creation; Billy Hector generates it in spades and it happens every night.

Another factor contributing to Billy Hector’s singular sound is the astonishing warmth generated by his unconventionally customized gear. A setup consisting of a Lindy Fralin-driven Stratocaster and Telecaster, reconfigured Bassman tube amps and a Boss Super Overdrive shapes the distinctive tone driven by Hector’s remarkable playing.

In the late 70s, Hector’s first stop was as the guitarist for The Shots, a horn-driven R&B group that took over the house band role from Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes at the renowned Stone Pony. He moved on as lead guitarist for Hot Romance, a band based at the infamous Mrs. Jay’s biker bar in Asbury Park that also began receiving New York City radio airplay for its original songs.

In the mid-80’s, drawn back to earlier musical roots, Billy Hector formed the five-piece blues/rock band The Fairlanes and, co-wrote and released three independent albums on the Blue Jersey label.

By early 1993, Hector regrouped as a power trio and renamed his band The Billy Hector Band. The band’s lineup is guitars/lead vocals Billy Hector, drummer Rich Scannella and bassist Fred Saunders. The Billy Hector Band also performs acoustic blues in multiple personnel configurations.

Billy Hector has appeared with Buddy Guy, BB King, The Neville Brothers, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Bo Diddley, Johnny Winter, Billy Preston, Koko Taylor and many others.

However you can get to see him, when Billy Hector plays “The world truly is a better place!” (JB; WNTI-FM)



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