If you have ever heard Tim McGraw perform live, Billy's nickname "Thunder" should come as no surprise. Sticks in hand, always at the ready, drummer Billy Mason is proud to be a part of the McGraw music machine.
Like many high school drummers, Billy played in the marching band and the drum corps. But it was in the blues clubs of Los Angeles that he got his first real taste of performing live. He and his father would regularly sit in with different blues singers, playing throughout the night.
Billy later moved to Dayton, Ohio, where he finished high school and continued his playing. He found work with local bands and numerous studios. Rock clubs, country projects, pop bands and the occasional disco recording provided a lot of experience in many different musical worlds.
After ten years of the club scene, Billy made his way to Nashville. He quickly found work with country artists Bill Anderson and Paulette Carlson. Blues great Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown called on Billy's talents as well. But a chance meeting through a local band in Nashville would lead him to Tim McGraw. McGraw's drummer was leaving at the time, and "Indian Outlaw" was headed up the charts. Darran mentioned the possibility of working with McGraw, and Billy was more than ready to step in.
Eight years later, Billy is thrilled to be a part of the Dancehall Doctors. He still screams at the top of his lungs in the middle of their shows, and the excitement of making the "thunder" is just the same.
Reprinted from worldwithoutborders.com
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