Bio

 BILLYLEE JANEY - Guitarist, Songwriter, Performer. Billylee has been compared to such greats as Clapton, Beck, and Hendrix. Even though these guitar heros have been an inspiration to him, Billylee's own soulful and passionate love for music clearly and creatively sets him apart, giving him his own unique style and personality. Billylee picked up his first guitar, a German Framus, at an early age. it was during the "British Invasion" that he was taking his first steps in another direction; a direction that would lead him down paths into the music that would shape his future - the blues, jazz and rock. Billylee recorded his first record in 1972 and another in 1973 which included "Pontiac Blues" by Sonny Boy Williamson. In 1975 he recorded a full scale album titled "No Rest for the Wicked" with his blues-rock trio, Truth 'N Janey. "No Rest for the Wicked" has achieved near cult status internationally, and has been recognized in the book by Martin Popoff "The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal Volume I: The Seventies". Recently, Janey received nominations by the Iowa .. Rock and Roll, and Blue's Halls of Fame. Also, in 2000, Billylee received a Grammy entry mention. BILLYLEE JANEY HAS PLAYED B B KINGS IN MEMPHIS BUDDY GUYS LEGENEDS DURING THE CHICAGO BLUESFEST. MISS. VALLY BLUESFEST.BILLYLEE JANEY HAS WORKED OVER 600 MAJOR SHOWS IN THE US AND CANADA Other accomplishments; Head Flyman for David Copperfield, where Janey incorporated guitar stunts and tricks in his live show. Janey worked in theaters for 15 years working on productions such as Chorus Line and 42nd St. he also worked the ABC Network's farm crisis with the Donahue Show and over 600 arena shows for jazz, blues and pop rock including Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn and George Thorogood. Janey was a part of production on the feature film "Miles From Home" starring Richard Gere. Janey played on stage with Buddy Guy, Little Ed and was the backing band for Bo Diddley shows in 2000. Today, Billylee continues to test the waters with his solo career and his newest release "Tear It Down" - on the Electric Mud label. While he is staying busy these days with performances, recordings and many a late night writing and composing, Billylee hasn't forgotten what this is all about for him. "I want to share with people what I feel in my heart, continue to give something new to the people who support live music and challenge myself." 7. 1968 - 1969 Driving Wheel Blues Band (Chicago, Texas and Delta blues) 1969 - 1977 Truth In Janey – Psychedelic Blues rock 1978 - 1979 Enoch Smokey – Blues rock 1980 - 1984 BillyLee Janey Group – Blues 1984 - 1985 Dennis McMurrin Demolition Band – Blues / Rock / R & B 1985 - 1994, 2002, 2009 The Janeys (Ma/Pa/Son trio fashioned after Hound Dog Taylor and the House Rockers from Chicago) – Raw, Chicago blues – Still play as The Janeys Father/Son band. 1995 - present BillyLee Janey Band – Blues / rock. 1995 - 2005 Featured special guest of The Blue Band – Blues / R&B 1997 - 1998 Blue Janey (Molly Nova, Bob Dorr, Jerri Janey and BillyLee Janey) 2002 Molly Nova and the Hawk – Blues / rock. 2003 - 2004 Ernie Penniston Band – Blues / R&B 2003 – 2005 Compact 3 – Blues / Rock / Jazz 8. The Blue Band – special guest. Dennis McMurrin and Demolition Band - member Enoch Smokey - member Ernis Penniston Band - member Molly Nova and the Hawk - member The Janeys - member Driving Wheel Blues Band - member Buddy Guy – performed with Little Ed and the Blues Imperials – performed with Bo Diddley – performed with Kenny Neal – performed with Kinsley Report – performed with 9. 1973 Mississippi Blues / Rock Festival, Truth and Janey with Seagull Schwall Blues Band 1974 Turner Hall in Quincy, IL with Savoy Brown Band 1974 - 1975 Toured with Leslie West 1983 Hall of Science in New York City, BillyLee Janey Group 1984 Bellevue Blues Fest, Demolition Band 1985 – 1995 significant amount of blues shows as The Janey’s 1988 Spotlights in Cedar Rapids with Johnny Winter 1990 Chicago Blues Fest with Johnny Copeland at Buddy Guy’s Legends 1990 – 1993 Liars Theater, The Janey’s 1991 Palace Theater in Des Moines with Koko Taylor 1992 Living History Farm Fest with Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks and Eddie Clearwater 1993 Keokuk Blues Fest with Tinsy Ellis and Joanna Conner 1997 Big Dog’s in Cedar Rapids with John Mayall 1997 Mississippi Valley Blues Fest with The Blue Band 2000 3rd Street Live with Bo Didley 2001 3rd Street Live with Steven Miller 2005 Iowa City Jazz Fest, BillyLee Janey’s Compact 3 2005 Sturgess Falls Festival, BillyLee Janey’s Compact 3 2005 Jazz Under the Stars, BillyLee Janey’s Compact 3 2005 Bluesmore, BillyLee Janey’s Compact 3 2005 with Ray Blue (from New York) at Liars Theater for KCRG TV9 10. 2005 – Inducted into Iowa Rock n Roll Hall of Fame for work with Truth in Janey. Numerous reviews in Living Blues, Blues Revue, Blues Access. Received 5 Grammy entry mentions. 2005 - Iowa Public Television, BillyLee Janey’s Compact 3 blues/rock/jazz. 11. Truth in Janey 1973 Pontiac Blues by Sonny Boy Williamson 1975 No Rest for the Wicked 1977 Just a Little bit of Magic 1980 Iowa First Flight Album The Janeys 1988 The Janeys Ma/Pa/Son Trio on Forte Records (Des Moines) 2002 self-titled various songs on all Iowa Blues compilations on Hot Fudge Records BillyLee Janey Band 1995 Just Got Lucky, Hot Fudge Records 1997 Everyone has the blues with Sam Salmone 1997 First Time Out with Carol Thomas 1999 Mankiller with Sam Salmone 2005 Crazy 8 2006 Soul Driver 2008 What’s your Trick 2008 Gimme some Lightning The Janeys with Patrick Hazell / Bob Dorr / Molly Nova 2001 Two Trios Compact 3 2006 self-titled 12. I have been teaching Blues guitar at West Music for last 10 years and will continue in the future. I am also still playing local blues. Keep playing, teaching, recording. 13. I have and continue to play, teach, record, promote and support Blues music in Iowa. I was a promoter for 5 years (1990-1995) and promoted Blues shows – Buddy Guy , Johnny Winter, The Paladines, Koko Taylor, Sugar Blue, Little Ed, Charlie and the Nightcaps. I was also a journeyman stagehand from 1981-1995 and worked such shows as Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, George Thorogood. I also promote by teaching Blues guitar music to the community at West Music.
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