"Roots rock charged by competence & charm"
—No Depression Magazine



by Billy Kelly

Wednesday nights / 8:30—11:30 / Bull Run Tap House, Lewisburg PA.


Grammy-nominated musician Billy Kelly has been writing, singing and performing music since the late 20th century — getting his start in NYC's East-Village Antifolk scene in 1996, AD.

Under the cowboy-hatted guise of his swaggering, alt-country alter ego, Earl Pickens, Billy fronted a series of bands in New York and Pennsylvania in the early 2000's's's. Earl Pickens & Family's 2009 song-for-song cover of the U2 album The Joshua Tree earned international praise and airplay.

Over the course of his 20-year music career Billy Kelly has opened for President Barack Obama, duetted with Davy Jones of The Monkees, and been nominated for a Grammy Award — in that order.

Billy Kelly with A Band is Billy's latest project; featuring the unflappable Rick Buck on bass, and the inimitable Jake Kline on drums. Their live shows are energetic, unscripted affairs and their new 10-song album shall arrive, triumphant, in September 2017.



"This Christian Nation" by Billy Kelly / "Portal" by Diego Montoya, 2016 / Video by Daniel Nienhuis.
Track produced by Paul Smith, '8 Days a Week Studio', PA. Rick Buck, bass; Jake Kline: drums

Billy Kelly rides a unicycle from NYC to Pennsylvania to deliver flowers to the woman he loves. But can he Turn On the Radio?


From Earl Pickens & Family's 2009 cover of U2 album, The Joshua Tree.



"A dang good time!"
—TimeOut New York

"... a refugee from the East Village Antifolk scene, who now brings skilled and clever songwriting to a "good with a few drinks, better with more than a few" Beat Farmers kind of situation. Some satirical intent may be detected."
— The Village Voice

"roots-rock charged by competence and charm. . . [Kelly] has some clever originals about the roots music scene to contribute, including They Were Just The Opening Band, concerning the horror of having skipped every early show of some local heroes before they got big"
— No Depression Magazine

"An endearingly oddball sense of humor"
All Things Considered, National Public Radio

"Kelly, a natural when it comes to engaging the crowd, has a performance style reminiscent of The Reverend Horton Heat, who preaches to the congregation through his rockabilly music. However, Mr. Kelly is more cattle-driving herdsman than brimstone-spitting evangelist. He wields his guitar like it's an electric cattle prod. Instead of "Amens," he energizes the crowd with "Yeehaws!"
— Annabelle Magazine

"Heaps of fun and a whole lot of trouble."
— Flavorpill

"visceral music — and songs about bowling."
— Antimatters


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