His current release, The UnExplainable Billy Eli, pulls painfully raw emotions from his gut and turns them into haunting, affecting, melody-driven songs. The themes begun in his earlier work continue here, deeper, stronger, and with the sense of urgency that comes when you begin to sense the downhill side of the journey.
Billy’s 2011 album is Hell Yeah! – an 11 song tour through a shifting country-rock landscape of loss, love, and life. The album reached #12 on the Roots Music Report’s Roots-rock chart, and spent 16 weeks total in the top 40. The album was #67 on the Top 100 Roots Country Albums of 2011.
Billy Eli is a Texas treasure.
He’s like a nice bottle of tequila, sometimes smooth, other times it kicks your ass.
Drink him in. And by all means, swallow the worm.
– Michael Buffalo Smith, Kudzoo Magazine
Billy’s unmistakeable guitar Clementine and boots grace the cover of the new book by Southern music historian Michael Buffalo Smith. It presents a series of interviews with some of country music’s biggest stars, assembled from his archive of over 15 years of conversations. From Cowboy Jack Clement to Bobby Bare, Jerry Reed to Shooter Jennings, and of course our own Billy Eli, the volume is filled to the rim with country music history, stories and photographs.