Billy Hector

Rocking Magpie

Billy Hector
SOMEDAY BABY
Ghetto Surf Music

An Exciting and Pretty Damn Unique Soulful Blues Hybrid.

My love of The Blues has been unstinting ever since I first ‘borrowed’ my elder brothers Rory Gallagher and Johnny Winter albums back in the early 1970’s; and my love remains pretty much undiminished now in 2018 as I somehow still manage to discover new artistes with their own unique way of making this historic genre fresh and indeed exciting!
Ladies and gentlemen; I present for your delectation…….Mr. Billy Hector from New Jersey.
Was it was the sparkling slide guitar on opening track Wizard of Babylon that hooked me in, or the way Hector’s distinctive voice and almost sexy guitar playing oozes seamlessly between BB King, Robert Cray and Gary Moore territory with grace and skill; but instantly hook me in he did; and when the title track Someday Baby came wailing from the speakers immediately afterwards I knew I was listening to something very, very special indeed.
Somehow Billy manages to combine Blues Rock with Super-Soul, Funk and even a touch of Jazz Rock in his superb playing on Jolene and the astonishing Road to Happiness as well as many others here too.
But, these days great guitarists are ‘two a penny’ so…….. what makes this album by Billy Hector stand out in a very crowded market is, first and foremost the quality of his songwriting.
In my eyes he can also write a love song that transcends genres like very few others can manage, with Moonlight in Her Eyes sounding like it would have blown our minds if Jimi Hendrix had recorded it; and Creeper delves into territory that very few apart from Sly Stone or perhaps Prince would dare enter; but Hector does with great composure and class!
It’s all too easy to hear why Hector has been winning Awards for decades now and was even both Hubert Sumlin’s and Joe Louis Walker’s ‘touring guitarist,’ when he gets into a groove on Hit The Road and the sweet and sassy instrumental Bareback; which I don’t think is about horse riding! But I return to Hector’s singing and his actual songs; which are all never less than excellent.
Two songs in particular stand out like bright red poppies in a field of beautiful golden wheat; and that’s the timeless Jolene (no….not that one) which has a little bit of everything in it; but sounds like no other Blues n Soul hybrid I can think of and the song that actually takes the accolade of Favourite Track by a whisker……. Butt Naked and Funk; which is exactly as cool and sexy as you’d hope for from a title like that.
There’s a lot going on here with Billy Hector merely fronting an amazing Big Band that I’ve hardly even alluded to but boy, oh boy are they red hot; evoking memories of the night I saw BB King at Newcastle City Hall when the great man allowed just about everyone to have a moment in the spotlight; but never enough to over shadow his own unique talents…..which is exactly what Billy Hector does on SOMEDAY BABY.

Released August 25th 2018
https://www.billyhector.com/

 

Rudolph's Music

Billy Hector - Some Day Baby
 
Some Day Baby is the latest album from the blues and guitar veteran Billy Hector. The album 'Some Day Baby' is also full of strong songs.
Billy Hector has been musically active for almost forty years and has more than earned his spurs over the years. The album contains thirteen songs that connect the blues with soul, rock and funk.
From the first notes we hear Billy Hector as his guitar gives the tracks. On 'Some Day Baby' enthusiasm, craftsmanship and songwriting come together in a great way. As far as I am concerned, Billy Hector remains active for a long time. Lovers of varied blues rock can also purchase this album again.

The Rock Doctor

SOMEDAY BABY Billy Hector (Ghetto Surf Music) ***** +

Sings like David Wilcox, plays like Gary Moore- amazing!  With this disc, due out August 25th, Hector injects his blues with plenty of enthusiasm, rock and funk.  He comes from the Jersey shore, but you’d never know it listening to Some Day Baby.  He has a strong singing voice that, like Hendrix, augments his guitar playing in a similar way.  Blues Matters says this is “the stuff of legends”, and the strength of the playing and the songs support that view. This was definitely love at first listen!

KEY TRACK: Butt Naked And Funk

 

New York Times

The Star Ledger

This is Mickey Young. I use to own the Belmar Playland and would come see you all the time at Jasons. One of your gigs I was at in Cleveland (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) for The Robert Johnson Tribute. 

The show in Cleveland I feel you were at your best. You came out and knocked everyone off their feet. I was there for the week and at each show. I still feel Nobody there was as good as you, and there were some heavy weights there for sure.
 Thanks so much, I was proud to see a great NJ Bluesman in Cleveland.
All the best,
Mickey Young

The Asbury Park Press

       "when someone consistently delivers for a few years, it's worth taking notice. When someone brings it night after night for decades, that's legendary. Billy Hector is a legend."   

"Hector is hailed around these parts as a killer blues player, and there’s plenty of material on “Choice Cuts” to back up that claim: the album’s high point is a smoldering take on “Old School Thang” from the live album “Stonehenge,” recorded at the Stonehenge Festival in Linvale in 2002. Featuring Hector on guitar, Winston Roye on bass, Rich Monica on drums and a guest appearance by Ken “Stringbean“ Sorensen on harmonica, the track shows Hector and his band at the height of their powers, and should serve as a fine primer for what to expect on Saturday night at the Wonder Bar. Other selections on “Choice Cuts” show that Hector’s skills transcend the blues: “Sally Said” from the “Hard to Please” album is an Eagles-style country rocker, “Wild at Heart” boasts a vocal from Suzan Lastovica and shows Hector’s softer side and the new tune, “Callin’ on Love,” seems to exist at an intersection between Celtic roots and psychedelic rock."

Santa Cruz Times

"Hector covers all bases flawlessly, with his own gut wrenching yet intelligent soloing."

East Coast Rocker

"Hector plays with guts and displays some of the best chops you'll see anywhere".

Buzz Magazine

"At the front of this exploding blues mayhem is Billy Hector, whose fingers fly up and down his guitar with such authority that he should carry a badge. The slide work that Hector lays down is sneaky and deadly."

Blues Matters

CD REVIEWs:

BILLY HECTOR

OLD SCHOOL THANG

Ghetto Surf

When I receive an album for review I look at the blurb that comes with it to see what I should be expecting and one of the lines that gives me the heebie jeebies is ‘Blues legend xxxxxx to release new CD’ when that Blues legend is someone I’ve never heard of. I don’t claim to know all of the Blues musicians but I would expect to have heard of a ‘legend’. On the other hand this album by Billy Hector is the stuff of legends! Hector has been around the block a fair few times and it is clear where his influences lie – artists like T-Bone Walker, Freddie King (a great version of Goin’ Down in the Freddie King style) and Johnny Winter are pretty easy to hear in his playing but I definitely find myself hearing Little Feat and James Brown in his funkier numbers such as the title track – so much so that I found it impossible to sit still and type this review. His vocals are rough and gritty, speaking loads of his New Jersey upbringing, and his guitar playing ranges from some sublime slide to rhythmic and funky riffing. He clearly understands the Blues and happily switches between Texas stomp and Delta slide and touching on grinding slow Blues on tracks like Evil, Slick & Sly. Personal favourite track is Hammer which funks along while Hector plays some gorgeous Albert Collins style guitar – the fact that this is a trio simply amazes – but a very close second is the awesome People Of The World – 8 minutes of sassy, horn laden R&B that just flows and grooves. I’d love to hear Curtis Mayfield or Sly Stone fronting this one I’m still not convinced by the ‘Legend’ title but the album is awesome and shows his history and pure talent. Do not let this one pass you by.

Alan Pearce, Blues Matters