- Hits: 1985
Born: July 4, 1959, Montgomery, AL
Lead vocalist, guitar player and songwriter for the Country-Rock group, Pirates of the Mississippi. 1991 voted Top New Vocal Group by the Academy of Country Music with success of single "Feed Jake" and "Speak of the Devil" As a songwriter two of his tunes for the group have hit the Top 40, "Speak of the Devil" at #29 and "Till I'm Holding You Again" at #22.
Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame
A former member of the Pirates of the Mississippi, Billy has his own list of accolades. The group was ACM “New Group or Duo of the Year.” (1990) He celebrated a number hits with the group (writes or co-writes) including “Fighting For You,” Rollin’ Home,” “Till I’m Holding You Again,” “A Street Man Named Desire,” “Speak of the Devil” and the song that made Billy McCorvey’s voice famous, “Feed Jake.” Billy’s friends in music applaud his song craftsmanship; Montgomery Gentry recorded a Bill McCorvey signature tune entitled “Lonely and Gone.” It was the duo’s first Top 5 single.
Billy is no stranger to a stadium, arena, amphitheater, club, honky tonk or songwriter’s listening room.
Birthplace: Montgomery, AL
Astrological Sign: Cancer
Family: Oldest of 3 Brothers (Brad, Bart and Neil)
First Gig: Played in the band Timberock at 18 yrs. old.
Early Musical Influence: Lynyrd Skynyrd / ”Sweet Home Alabama”
Musically Speaking: GuitarlBasslBanjolHarmonica (self-taught)
His Role In Buffalo Rome: Vocals lGuitar, Banjo & HarmonicalThe Oak Tree
Writing Inspirations: Really good music.
Words to Live By: “How’s your dog?”
Awards: ACM “New Group or Duo of The Year”
Q & A
What's the best word of advice you have been given (about the business) from another peer that stuck with you?
"If you’re good enough, don’t give up. Your day will come.”
What's your best word of advice to share with a new up'n coming artist?
“Believe in yourself and…listen.”
What do you personally bring to the group as a musician, songwriter, etc. that compliments, strengthens or rounds-out the sound of Buffalo Rome?
A southern rock sound that mixes really well with Michael and Kevin’s musical backgrounds to make what we do a very unique blend.
From your personal perspective, what do the other members bring to the group as individuals?
Kevin’s a rocker, Michael’s a Pop-er.
Why the name “Buffalo Rome?”
It’s a name that conjures up scenes from the Old West.
Before even opening the new Buffalo Rome CD, describe what the listener can expect to hear?
Fun in a box!
If the group had a slogan or motto, what would it be?
“Where ever you go…Buffalo Rome.”
Source: Bill McCorvey | Buffalo Rome