The Story

First lets go over the name - Billy Hell
When I was a kid I ran around a lot with my Grandpa. He took me to the house he was raise in at Calisburg, Texas. He said once a week he and his brother would walk the railroad tracks to town to buy ice. He said the "city kids" didn't cotten to two country boys like them and that hey raised "Billy Hell" in those days. I used the name on a web forum around 2001 and the name stuck.
So some folks know me as Jim T. Graham and some know me as Billy Hell!

Billy began his musical schooling at the tender age of 5 by his 70 year old Grandpa. His love for guitars and good songs took him down the road of bluegrass, 50′s rock and the blues until he was propelled into Sabbath, and shot through the classics of Beatles, Hendrix, SRV. He finally hit the wall of Steve Earle with a thud. Dazed by his new discovery he wandered aimlessly through the halls of Texas and artists and felt most at home with Texas song writers like Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and their ilk. Billy can be found wandering around the corridors of the web, modding guitars/amps and attempting to learn various styles of guitar music. During his off hours he is hanging with Nashville notables or at outdoors shows  hurling through space in his 30mph golf cart.
Did we mention that Bily was raised on an exotic animal ranch in Texas, has been shot at, lived through a home invasion, an attempted stabbing and successfully talked his way out of being robbed by a ex convict that was shot latter that day? He got his first Colt. 45 when he was 12. He did time at Baylor University and with $1,300 in his pocket he made his way to LA. With hair to his belt and a 1968 Harley under his ass he made the “hair band” scene on the Hollywood Strip. The fist LA band he was in was booked after their very first gig.  “Saint Christopher” was full steam ahead until the record label execs showed up and the band self destructed in one final show.  He has worked with folks like Neil Young, Bruce Sringsteen, Madona, Motely Crue, Billy Joe Shaver, Steve Earle, Sandra Bernhardt and more. These famous people have said things to Billy like, “Nice gun”, “throw me my shoe” and “hey your in my parking spot!”. Billy was offered a job as the bass player for the Gourds in the early 90′s. Sure they weren’t the Gourds yet and how could Billy know they would have a long career filled with great songs and equally great facial hair? He turned them down for a more lucrative career in the soul stealing town of Lost Angeles. After 7 years of earthquakes, home invasions, the LA riots, bad relationships and an attempted stabbing Billy headed for Nashville. Billy’s road has been long, interesting and hard to believe so I guess I’ll stop right there.

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