Billy Darr - Bass Guitar
Billy began his music journey at the tender age of 7 years old when he got his first set of drums. He honed his skills until he joined and formed his first band called “Spectrum” in 1975. His early musical influences were John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, Neal Pert, Peter Cris of Kiss and Buddy Rich. Later he joined a group called “Gunshy”. In late 1976 Billy taught himself how to play the guitar which would prove to be very valuable later on.
In 1978 he joined a group of musicians from Lexington North Carolina that formed the band “Whisper Wind” as rhythm guitarist and second lead player. After the bass player left the group Darr picked up the bass and became the group’s full-time bass player in 1980. This band had an unbelievable group of talented musicians. They were one of the top booked bands from Hit Attractions in Charlotte NC. They covered a large portion of the Southeast States from Virginia to Northern Florida. Some of the musicians are still performing today.
After taking a break from music for 28 years Billy joined a Country Rock Variety Band in 1999 called “Steel Kickin' in Durham North Carolina going back to his passion, the drums. After that group disbanded Billy joined the “Pizazz Band” and then later joined a classic rock band called “751” from Durham, NC where he met and performed with Max Riley. While playing music with these groups Darr also worked at the Long Branch Saloon in Raleigh as one of the House Sound Techs until early 2006. He worked with greats like Delbert McClinton, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flats, Phil Vassar, Jeff Bates and Brooks and Dunn. Now his journey has lead him full circle to reunite with some of the original members of the greatest band he ever performed with.