For more than 20 years Pittsburgh native and James Taylor look-alike Billy Price has been singing his brand of R&B. He first attracted national attention during and after a three-year stint with guitarist Roy Buchanan, with whom he recorded "That’s What I’m Here For" and "Livestock" and toured the United States and Canada, playing such venues as Carnegie Hall, Newport Jazz Festival, the Roxy and Troubadour in Los Angeles and the Spectrum in Philadelphia.
He then formed Billy Price and the Keystone Rhythm Band in 1977, which disbanded in 1990 upon when he formed his current group, the Billy Price Band. The lads have released a total of three CDs since forming with "Can I Change My Mind" being their latest, which was released in 1999.
Recorded at Leon Haywood’s Sunnyside Studio in the City of Angels and produced, arranged and, for the most part, written by Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams, Price obviously listened to a lot of Ben E. King, Percy Mayfield and Al Green, among others, while learning how to emote in his formative years. This is best reflected on the soulful "Mine All Mine All Mine," "This Magic Hour," and "What Is Love (What Makes You Think You Deserve Some)."
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