Billy Riggs Band

Billy Riggs Band

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Pop - Alternative | San Francisco, California, United States
Total Song Plays: 7   
Member Since: 2005
   Last Login: over 30 days ago

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BIO

A native of the Louisville, KY area, Billy Riggs began his musical career playing a myriad of instruments through church and school. During high school, at Graceland Christian High in New Albany Indiana, he formed two bands The Hermits and Next Exit getting local exposure. In 1997, after Next Exit played an opening set for the Seymour, Indiana band "Just Visiting" (Now "The Elms at http://www.theelms.net/) he was picked up as their lead guitarist, for the 1997 National Spotlight Competition for emerging new artists. This culminated in a performance at the Dove Awards and a fourth place finish.

Shortly thereafter Just Visiting signed a multi-year album deal with Sparrow Records, a division of Virgin, and Billy departed to attend college. He attended Ball State University where he ran cross country and track and field. He studied classical acoustic guitar during this time and occupied himself with personal writing and recording. His senior thesis involved comparing, writing and recording classical church hymns in a modern contemporary style. After finishing he briefly attended Oxford University to study politics, before coming back to Louisville to pursue a graduate degree in urban planning and design. During this time he collaborated with his brother, Gabe Riggs on various songs and began developing his Billy Riggs Band sound.

Billy moved to San Francisco, in June of 2003. Inspired by the surrounding environment and people he wrote enough songs for an entire album within the first month. Through work he met manager Nick Fiorentinos, and began working on a regular basis to develop the sound and songs. After completing the current self-titled release in the spring of 2004, both are working to further develop and expand the BRB, pursuing the bright future of a Dreamers Dream and a Blue-Jean Monday every day.