Area 51 is the third album, of mostly original material, by
San Diego based guitarist, Billy Thompson.
BT has performeded "live" with Little Milton, Art Neville, Elvin Bishop,
Lucky Peterson, Sir Harry Bowens (Bonnie Raitt, Was Not Was), Mark Campbell
(Jack Mack and the Heart Attack) as well as late blues greats, Earl and
Albert King just to name a few. In '02, he also toured with "Thunder
Knocking On The Door". The critically acclaimed "Bluesical" featuring the
music of Keb Mo and toured w/ Broadway Musical "It Ain't Nothing But The
Blues" in 2000. Whether working with a quartet, leading a 7 piece horn band
like Big Chief or backing such accomplished musicians as Art Neville of the
Neville Brothers,... blues icons, Little Milton,
Albert and Earl King or
even Broadway's Leslie Uggams, singer-songwiter-guitarist Billy Thompson has
earned consistent public and critical acclaim since 1987. Thompson's music
bristles with the infectious, syncopated sounds of New Orleans, the
electricity of great rock 'n' roll, the punchy verve of Memphis soul and the
heartfelt power of blues, funk and jazz. By turns punchy and poignant,
earthy and elegant, his vivid songwriting draws from a rich stylistic well
to create classic American music that is steeped in tradition yet
unmistakably vital and contemporary. His tasty, melting pot style is is
highlighted on his 1991 debut album, "Coat of Many Colors," "Tangerine Sky"
in 1998 and his latest work, "Area 51." Whether performing original material
or covering familiar music everyone has heard, Billy's impassioned vocals,
virtuostic guitar work and artistic vision never fail to deliver.