A Baltimore native and Nashville resident, Billy Kemp is a musician, songwriter, singer, composer and producer.
He is best known for his tasteful and inventive guitar playing. He performs passionate home made songs and compositions, mostly roots music. For ten years, Kemp wrote, recorded and performed with the critically acclaimed, Appalachian Folk duo, Jeni & Billy. Billy first made points in his hometown by forming the Paradise Pickers, a hybrid of country and rock which released one record in 1980. During the ‘80s, Billy followed his heart and went to Nashville. He toured internationally with Tommy Overstreet, Terri Gibbs and Bandana. He performed on the Grand Ole Opry with Jeanne Pruett. Billy returned to Maryland in 1988 and released one album with the reformed Paradise Rockers before landing the spot as lead guitarist for renegade rock-n-roller Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers living the rock-star lifestyle. He composed and recorded music for Maryland Public Television and produced numerous CDs for regional artists in the Baltimore/DC area. He also recorded and released two CDs on his own label, Willbilly Records. In 2000 Billy formed a new roots-rock ensemble, Willbilly—his nickname in high school. He also established a successful recording facility in rural Maryland. Billy released a new solo recording in 2017 called Another Life. In 2018, he followed that release with a new CD of his back-catalog songs called the Painter’s Bucket. Website: www.billykemp.com