Billy Earl McClelland

Born: 1950, Cusseta, AL

Rock, Blues Guitar, Vocals, Songwriter Rock Killough

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame


Billy Earl McClelland (born 1950, Cusseta, Alabama) is an American session guitarist and songwriter.[1]


McClelland left High School to go to Nashville and was almost immediately picked up by a record label. As a session guitarist in Nashville, he worked with B.J. Thomas, Willie Nelson, Tony Joe White, Hank Snow, Townes Van Zandt, Brenda Lee, and Mel Tillis. He has written songs for Hank Williams Jr., Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker, T.G. Sheppard, Sawyer Brown and Delbert McClinton.

Eventually, he released a rock-oriented record on Elektra. A second album, 'Ready or Not', remains unreleased by the label.

Later, McClelland moved to Memphis at the urging of Skip McQuinn. While there, his passion for the blues led him to produce the first Big Bill Morganfield recording, engineered by Mike Durff.

McClelland continues to be a regular in clubs and festivals throughout the Southeast. McClelland's raw edged vocals and guitar virtuosity has led him to work with such as Bo Diddley and Albert Collins. His album Judgment Day (2000) received critical acclaim from all the major blues magazines.[citation needed]

McClelland has recently helmed Mojo:Saint, a contemporary blues project, along with veteran drummer David Brazeal and bassist Jack Hall [Wet Willie].

McClelland has been inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.


Billy Burnette, Polydor Records, 1979, As a member of Billy Burnette's (of Fleetwood Mac) solo group.

Zero Hindsight, Elektra Asylum Records, 1980

Ready or Not, Elektra Asylum Records, 1980

Murdered for Love, 1986, as a member of the band Blue Monday

For the Fathers of Rock and Roll, Personal Records, 1986

Nineteen Years Old: A Tribute to Muddy Waters, Taxim, 1999, producer and member of "Big" Bill Morganfield's band.

Judgment Day, MojoBlues Records, 2000

Now And Then, Then And Now, Chips Moman Records, 2001, as a member of Billy Joe Royal's band.

Even More Good Whiskey Blues, Taxim, compilation, 2005

Blues From the Heart of Dixie, Taxim, compilation, 2006

Floral Park Bootleg, Jammates Records, 2006


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