Interview with music artist Bill Abernathy

Thank you for taking the time out to answer these questions, Bill!

Tell us about yourself and what you do?

I’m just an old hippie living in a loft down by the river! LOL. Honestly, I am not all that interesting. I completed a 43.5-year corporate career in November of 2020. Near the end of that career, in 2013, I started recording songs I had written across my life time. A couple of those tunes got picked up and won a few awards, and now 3 full albums and our latest EP later, my music gets played all over the world. Who knew right? Just an old hippie living in a loft down by the river.

Who has inspired you in your life and why?

I love this question. The most inspiring statement ever said to me was “if you want something bad enough and you’re willing to put in the blood sweat tears and toil, you can always find a way to make it happen”. This was told me by my father many times. I look back on those words and realize they are the primary inspiration for the successes I’ve had in every element of my life. They are also the subject of our Find A Way album! Great advice for anyone anywhere.

What is your greatest achievement so far?

Raising my kids who have turned out to be great people. No greater accomplishment can be achieved.

Tell us about your latest EP?

Written during quarantine here in the US, Who Are You Who Am I, is really a concept that has come to life. I wrote each of the songs with really different inspirations and in vastly different musical genres. We kick it off with a rock tune, More Than Meets the Eye. Next is A Thousand Wild Horses which is in the American style. The World’s Foremost Authority is pure country including a banjo part, and the title cut, Who Are You Who Am I, is pure folk in my opinion. I am quite proud to have put out this work with such variety. It was fun to write and a ton of fun to record.

Where is one place in the world that you haven’t been, that you’d really like to see?
I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel all over the world. That said, I’ve never been to Ireland, and have always wanted to go. If you all can make that happen for me, I’ll buy the beer. LOL

Any “bucket list” collaborations and/or stages you’d like to perform on?
I have always dreamed of playing Red Rocks in Colorado. It is really a cool place, and playing there would be a dream come true for me. Again, if you all can make that happen for me, I’ll buy dinner.

Do you have any tips for our readers that are trying to break into the music industry?
Be Original. Be Yourself. Have something to say, and say it with your music. I personally think that is the only way to develop a career that not only is successful, but also has longevity. Oh, and practice. Seems so simple but how many of us see performers reading their lyrics off their iPad. I am really not a fan of that, and it sends a bad message to the audience in my opinion.

 

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