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Bloodshot Bill’s music takes a cue from Jack Kerouac

Montreal’s Bloodshot Bill specializes in a primal mix of blues, country and rockabilly

Photo: Photo by Jonathan Racine, License: N/A

Photo by Jonathan Racine

And try the man does, both on stage and on record, of which there are plenty: 40-something LPs, split EPs and collaborative records released over the last 13 years on more than 10 different labels. You could say that Bill has matured over the years, easing out of manic early cuts like “Sex on the Metro” and “Drunk in the Morning” to slightly more mellow recent material like “I’m in Love” and “Baby Don’t Go.” But even those romantic songs still feel inhabited by a wild, animalistic spirit.

Predictably, Bill has heaps of release plans for 2014, which makes sense considering he records primarily on basic equipment in his own home studio. “Mark Sultan and I did another album as the Ding-Dongs last year, and I should have another record out on Norton Records this year, too,” he says. “I’d also like to do a Volume 2 of this country record I did a couple years ago – maybe a Volume 2 of this outer space-themed one, too. And some more Tandoori Knights stuff [with King Khan].”

Bill last visited Orlando in 2011 with Tandoori Knights, and he says he can’t wait to get back. Four of his nine planned 2014 U.S. dates are in the Sunshine State, and us U.S. fans should enjoy every second of it – not only does he tour here sporadically, but he was even banned from the States for five years in the 2000s because of work permit issues. Those issues are behind him now, and Bill says he carries on with one goal in mind: “I prefer to play for people who want to have a good time. That’s fucking it.”

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