Billy D and the Hoodoos


  • "Somethin's Wrong is a collection of tunes that span the spectrum of blues.  Mix one part Rock'n Blues, add some Chicago South Side swagger and sprinkle some tasty Cray-esque licks, and you've got some mighty fine tunes.  The songs work together to create an "outside the box Blues Experience".  Billy D's thoughtful lyrics combined with a smoking rhythm section make for a great listen"

    —Matt Griffin
    MO Blues Association Inc.

  • "Ain't nothin' wrong with Somethin's Wrong...this fine collection alternates between soulful blues ballads (Somethin's Wrong, Blue, and Love Makes You Cry) and gritty slide guitar rave-ups such as the Thorogoodesque 50, and the stomper, Crazy Little Dancin' Queen."

    —P. Vaughn Shaver
    The Oregon Music News

  • The Cascade Blues Association Rolls Out The Red Carpet For Gala Event—
    Billy D and the Hoodoos kicked off the event. Their CD Somethin's Wrong is this writer's absolute favorite by a local artist.  An incredible collection of well-crafted songs with many influences, styles and hooks, it pulls you in song after song, telling stories of joy, loss, pain and life. Billy D and The Hoodoos performance exemplified what seasoned pros they are.

    —Lucy Hammond
    Positively Entertainment and Dining

  • I just finished listening to the entire album Somethin's Wrong by Billy D and The Hoodoos and it's very good. There wasn't a throwaway track on it. The lyrics are clever and reflect depth on the part of the lyricist. There's a certain fatalistic humor that pops up from time to time.  The vocalist has an unusual voice filled with character and depth. I especially appreciate that he doesn't indulge any vocal gimmickry. It's just solid singing, good intonation and control.  I mentioned earlier that they sound balanced and that seems to hold true throughout the album. The drummer is solid and the bassist is truly the heartbeat of the group. A bassist like that makes the guitarist's job a lot easier.  That having been said, the lead guitarist really impresses me as being tasteful but never timid. He doesn't seem to fall into cliches either.  Whether this band ever captures a national audience or not it is obvious that they are as good as any number of famous acts. I wish them well.

    Gretsch Talk

Billy D and The Hoodoos Press Kit



Billy D and the Hoodoos’ SOMETHIN’S WRONG has been named the Winner in the Blues Category of the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest and has been charting on LIVING BLUES since December of the same year. The 12 videos from the DVD have recently surpassed the one-million-hit milestone on Youtube! The band was also awarded “Best New Act” by the Cascade Blues Association.

Billy D’s life experience has given him the strength to write his brand of “Bluzy Rock” with a passion that only comes from living it. Heavily influenced by Chicago blues, Rock & Roll, and “Backbeat Roots” music of all types, his songs reflect the tough lessons of his past and show his love for Mother Blues and her first-born, Rock & Roll.

Born on the south side of Chicago, Billy Desmond grew up surrounded by the Blues and early Rock & Roll— a powerful combination. He started playing professionally at the age of fourteen, primarily for teen dances and parties; and by eighteen, he was sneaking into the blues clubs of Chicago to hear such greats as Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, and James Cotton. Within a few years, Billy would be working with blues legends Junior Wells, Big Time Sarah, and Detroit Junior.

By the late ‘70s, he had formed his first band, Skid City Blues Band, taking on the roles of singer, guitarist, and songwriter. After years of touring the Midwest, Billy moved to Los Angeles in 1984, studying with Blues great Tony Matthews, guitarist for Little Richard and Ray Charles. He spent half of the next year playing behind, Don “Sugar Cane” Harris, perhaps the world’s greatest blues violinist.

In the mid-’90s, Billy moved to Santa Fe, and began focusing on writing and playing his original songs. Within the year, Billy D and the Hoodoos were formed.

In 2003, KTAO voted his song “She’s the One”, the number one song by a regional artist. KTAO hosts the Annual Solar Fest in New Mexico and that same year Billy and the band opened the Fest for Los Lonely Boys and Robert Cray. After several more successful years in New Mexico, Billy left the southwest for Oregon in early 2010. His newest CD, SOMETHIN’S WRONG has received outstanding reviews and accolades and has been embraced by the Portland music community as well as the rest of the U.S., Canada and Europe.


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