HARMONICA, GUITAR, UKULELE, DOBRO, BANJO
I began playing Harmonica and Guitar in the highly eclectic San Francisco music scene of the '60's playing Blues, Folk, Jug Band and Country Music.
In '71, I was in the house band at the West 40 Club in Sacramento playing Country Music 5 nights a week.
In the mid '70's, I was in the House Band at Eli's Mile Hi Club in Oakland playing Harp and Slide Guitar with such Blues Artists as Luther Tucker, Mississippi Johnny Waters, Sonny Rhodes, Charles Brown, Sugar Pie DeSanto, "Cool Papa" Sadler and twice with the legendary Jimmy Reed
In 1977 I toured with Texas Blues Guitar Master, Albert Collins.
From 1978-80, I played Guitar with Big Walter "Shakey" Horton, the greatest living Blues Harmonica Player of that era, who also mentored my own Harmonica playing. We were frequently joined onstage by Walter's protege', Charlie Musselwhite.
In 1979 I got my first Ukulele and began gigging almost immediately
In 1981, I began performing music of the '20's-'30's, in Senior Care and Assisted Living facilities playing the music of the '20's-'40's on Harmonica, Guitar and Ukulele which I continue to do, on a full-time basis, to this day.
In 1980, I played Cajun Music with Zydeco's Grammy Award winner, Queen Ida.
In 1981 I played with Bluegrass and Country Music's, foremost Female Pioneer, Rose Maddox.
From 1980-2010 I played with the Country/Rockabilly band, Red Dust, playing Harmonica, Lap Steel and Bass
During 1989, I played Guitar with West Coast Blues Harmonica Ace, Mark Hummel.
In 1990, I was one of the founding members of the popular Jump Blues/Swing Revival band, Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers, playing Bass, Harmonica and Mandolin. During the four years I was the band's Bass Player, we won the SF Weekly's Wammie Award, recorded an album for Kaleidoscope Records and did shows for Bill Graham, touring with Clarence Clemmons, Roy Rogers, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Robert Cray.
While a member of the Skillet Lickers, I played twice with Blues Legend, John Lee Hooker.
From 1994-99 I was in the house band at the West Coast's, Americana Shrine, DeMarco's 23 Club, in Brisbane, playing Americana/ Country Music several nights a week.
During that time I also played Bass in, Guitar Virtuoso, Jim Campilongo's (Norah Jones' Guitarist), pioneering Western Swing/Jazz ensemble, The Ten Gallon Cats
In 1998 I was one of the founding members of the Tarantulas Jug Band playing Harmonica, Ukulele, Dobro, and Musical Saw
From 2000-2003, I played with the New Orleans Funk/Blues ensemble, the Brothers Goldman performing at such venues as, the Great American Music Hall and the Fillmore Auditorium.
Since 2003, I've played Harmonica, Guitar, Ukulele, and Dobro with the Loose Licks Jug Band
From 2004-2008 I played Ukulele with the Hot Hawaiian Jazz group, The Faux Hawaiians
Since 2006, I've sung and played Harmonica and Bass with the Blues/Roots Trio, Tall, Dark and Handsome.
From 2006-2010, I played Harmonica, Guitar and Ukulele with the Amazing Grapes Jug Band.
I continue to perform daily in Senior Facilities playing Guitar, Harmonica, and Ukulele
I played on the widely distributed CD of Hot Hawaiian Jazz of the '30's, "Hot Uke and Cool Steel"
I've recently performed at the Great American Music Hall, playing Harmonica and Dobro with the Loose Licks Jug Band
I recorded all of the instruments (Harmonica and 5 String Banjo), on the soundtrack of the animated short, "A Case of Bad Cluck"
I play Harmonica and Ukulele in the '20's-'40's Swing Duo, "The Frisco Cats"
I play Harmonica and Banjo in the Americana Duo, Hillbilly Blue
CONTACT ME AT MMBILLO@YAHOO.COM
ME, PLAYING WITH ALBERT COLLINS AT THE GREEN EARTH CAFE. SAN FRANCISCO 1977