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Bill McKay
Bill began his musical journey at the age of six, taking classical piano lessons and singing in a church choir as a boy. In high school, he studied jazz theory and ear training, and sang in the choir and barbershop group, touring in England, Wales, and Amsterdam. Bill began playing rock and roll in bars and clubs at the age of 16 with various bands.
 
He moved to Colorado in 1987 to attend Colorado College. Bill played with the band The Circle while studying world music. After graduating in 1991 with a political science degree, Bill moved to Boulder and began playing with Band Du Jour. This band recorded and toured extensively from 1990-1995, including a two month DOD tour to South Korea, Japan, and Okinawa.
 
In 1995, Bill joined the Derek Trucks Band as lead singer and keyboardist. Living in Atlanta, he toured and recorded with Derek for 5 years, sharing the stage with greats such as Gregg Allman, Col. Bruce Hampton, Warren Haynes and Gov't Mule, Phil Lesh, and many others.
 
Returning to Colorado in 2000, Bill joined Leftover Salmon, recording, touring, and performing with them for the next 10 years. During this time, he also created his own band, Bill McKay Band, pursued many opportunities to play solo piano. As of 2021, Bill plays with Steely Dead - a fusion of Steely Dan and Grateful Dead music, as well as the Very Jerry Band. Bill is currently the house piano player and musical director at El Rancho Brewing Company.
contact: williammckay41@yahoo.com
homepage: www.billmckaymusic.com
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Discography
The Derek Trucks Band
Landslide Records LDCD 1020
recorded September through October 1996 in Maurice, LA/USA
Derek Trucks, guitar, sarod
Gary Gazaway, trumpet, flugelhorn
Bill McKay, organ, keyboards, synthesizer, clavinet, piano, vocals
Todd Smallie, bass
Yonrico Scott, drums, percussion, tambourine
Out of the Madness
House Of Blues 51416 1436 2
recorded June 1997 through April 1998 in Maurice, LA/USA
Derek Trucks, guitar
Bill McKay, organ, keyboards
Todd Smallie, bass
Yonrico Scott, drums, percussion
Soul Serenade
Columbia CK 89013
recorded February 1999 through April 2000 in Maurice, LA/USA
Derek Trucks, guitar, sarod
Kofi Burbridge, flute, clavinet, Fender Rhodes, keyboards
Bill McKay, Hammond B-3 organ, Wurlitzer, keyboards
Todd Smallie, bass
Yonrico Scott, drums, percussion
Gregg Allman, vocals

 
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