GOTV Artist Spotlight: Billy and the Kids
Gathering Of The Vibes 2015 will host a plethora of amazing acts that will please music fans of most genres. Billy and The Kids are holding one of the main slots and for good reason. The band was founded by Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kruetzman, and consists of Tom Hamilton Jr of American Babies on guitar and vocals, Reed Mathis of Tea Leaf Green on bass and vocals, and Aron Magner of the Disco Biscuits on keys and vocals. This band is one of a few super groups to grace the Gathering Of The Vibes roster.
Billy and the Kids history is a contemporary one and it’s extremely interesting. In September 2014 Bill Kreutzmann appeared at the second annual Lockn’ Festival with a band billed as Bill Kreutzmann’s Locknstep All-stars. Since Bob Weir and Rat Dog canceled their set that year, Billy’s band was created for this specific event to fill in Rat Dog’s time spot. Bill Kreutzman’s Locknstep All-stars consisted of Kreutzmann, Hamilton, Magner, Oteil Burbridge and Steve Kimock. They were accompanied by special guests Keller Williams, Taj Mahal, and Papa Mali for a few sit in collaborations.
Kreutzmann announced the formation of Billy & the Kids in late 2014, which is composed of nearly the same lineup as the Locknstep All-stars, bar Steve Kimock and with Reed Mathis playing bass in place of Oteil Burbridge.
In early 2015 Billy and The Kids performed throughout the United States. Many of their performances are Grateful Dead related, such as their Europe Seventy 2.0 and Spring ’90 Revisited.
It’s very much like a Billy and Friends idea, with a cooler name. Many of their shows also feature special guests such as Robert Randolph and Kreutzmann’s former Grateful Dead band mate Bob Weir.
Gathering Of the Vibes is known for its incredible collaborations. The bill lists Warren Haynes and Gregg Allman as headliners on the same night so one can infer a possible collaboration. Billy and The Kids is an incredible super group that I have yet to see personally but am confident this performance will be one of the most memorable of the weekend.