Two albums in two years could be a tiring experience for any artist, but for Billy J White, it’s been a wild and exciting ride that he’s in no rush to get off of. Hot on the heels of his August 2012 release of “Country Drag Strip”, he followed up in January of this year with “Damn Fool Thing To Do” – an evolved sound that has been well supported by a strong team helping him to make the most of this release.
With a little bit of quirk, a lot of charm, sweet vocals and some great guitar chops, White is a memorable flavour for your ears and eyes. On “Damn Fool Thing To Do”, he nails the perfect recipe for a career-elevating follow-up, and bravely sheds the safety of exclusively performing his own material.
White, who featured as a writer or co-writer on each track of his first release, felt he wanted to feature only the best songs possible on this project. As a result, the 7 song release only features one track penned by White. He laughs when describing the multiple long nights spent with one of his childhood friends listening to each of the 400 songs sent to him for consideration from writers and publishing houses in Nashville. Finding songs that weren’t simply catchy, but that spoke to White’s own influences and beliefs, took some digging; but eventually, he chose the 6 other songs that would make up this project.
At the helm of “Damn Fool Thing To Do” is award-winning producer Tom McKillip, (an Ontarian) who has helped shape the sounds of other well known Canadian artists like Livy Jeanne, One More Girl and Mackenzie Porter, and it’s clear that he has helped White find a solid direction for himself.
One of the 6 tracks that White selected to record is the album’s opener – an upbeat catchy tune called “Keep Them Kisses Comin”, written by Ben Hayslip and Dallas Davidson, who have penned hits for country crooners like Blake Shelton and Keith Urban, to name a few. Its rocking guitars and slick vocals are the perfect showcase for what White is offering. With an authentic sound, White’s sparkling personality shines through on tracks like “What Heart Can Do” and the self-penned track “Saturday Night”.
Burlington, Ontario-based White has racked up a fair amount of miles promoting his music across Canada on multiple radio tours, and has graced the stages of festivals like Manitoulin Country Fest, Country in the Woods, and Canadian Music Week, with artists like The Stellas and Deric Ruttan. Since being nominated for Male Artist of the Year at the CMAO awards in 2013, White has been flying high and seems headed straight for success.