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Bill Culp

Rootsy Americana Alt. Country

Beamsville, Ontario, Canada
member since: Apr 18, 2005

Introduction

Bill Culp: A Roots’N’Roll Biography

“Roots music” can mean different things. It can mean getting back to the foundations of popular music in country, blues, and rockabilly. It can also mean getting back to where you came from. Bill Culp’s debut album, Roots’N’Roll, combines both meanings. Culp calls on the spirit of Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Buddy Holly while interpreting them through the Southern Ontario (Canada) musical environment he grew up in. Country, rockabilly, pop, folk and roll & roll elements are fused together on 14 solid tracks comprised of originals and covers of local nuggets.

Bill Culp was born in Dunnville, Ontario where there were only two kinds of music: country and what young people were listening to. The combination of rock and roll energy and rootsy honesty has been the signature of Culp’s 20 years on the Canadian roots and rock music scene.

Now Culp has channeled the spirit of Memphis with a little help from some notable Canadian performers including the legendary Garth Hudson (The Band, member of The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame) on keyboards, Jack deKeyzer (2003 Juno winner for Roots recording) on lead guitar, Chris Whiteley (four-time Juno nominee) on pedal steel, harmonica and trumpet, Mary deKeyzer (Toronto’s “Queen of Country Blues”), Dave Rave (Teenage Head, The Shakers), and Bob McNiven (Stompin’ Tom Connors) on harmony vocals, Conrad Kipling (Melody Ranch) on fiddle and mandolin, Big Dave Tufford (Sue Medley, Melody Ranch) and Paul Kelly (Problem Children) on guitar, with Mark Matthews (The Skansters, The Liquidaires) on drums. Co-produced by Jim Zolis (best known for his work with Jane Siberry, the Nylons, the Northern Pikes, and Glass Tiger), the result is a soulful collection of tunes that renew the meaning of “roots”.

Starting his career as a singing cowboy at age seven, Culp played his first bar gig at age 15. His songwriting found its first vehicle when he co-founded Canadian punk legends Problem Children, a group whose debut album reached the Top 10 on the National Campus Charts in the mid-1980’s. In addition to his early heroes, which included Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, Culp gravitated to the lively Hamilton roots punk scene that included Teenage Head, Tom Wilson and the Florida Razors, The Shakers, and The Bopcats, but was also inspired by American groups of the era such as The Blasters and The Long Ryders.

Culp hit the road at age 18 and never looked back, playing in the Tennessee Rockets and Six Gun Justice. As a member of the Fabulous Diefenbakers, Culp performed as a sideman for the likes of Jack deKeyzer, Gene Taylor, Ken Whiteley, Chris Whiteley, Washboard Hank, Donnie Walsh aka "Mr. Downchild" and Mary deKeyzer.

After 20 years as a band member and sideman, Culp has combined his extensive musical experience along with his vast industry connections to create a stunning solo debut disc.

Since the release of “Roots’N’Roll”, Bill Culp has been busy performing with a variety of musicians including Dave Rave (Teenage Head, The Shakers), Mary deKeyzer, Bill Priddle (Treble Charger), Frankie Venom (Teenage Head), Tim Gibbons (Crash Vegas, the Trouble Boys), Rick Andrews (The Shakers), Jacob Moon, and Rob Lamothe. Recently, Bill performed at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool England along with Dave Rave and Kimberley Rew (Katrina and the Waves, the Soft Boys) as part of the "International Pop Overthrow" Festival.