Billy Hector

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




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