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Bill McKay Band - NO COVER Biography
Just now beginning his third decade in the music business, Colorado’s Bill McKay is undoubtedly one of the unsung heroes of rock ‘n’ roll keyboard playing. Best known for his membership in the legendary “polyethnic Cajun slam-grass” band Leftover Salmon, McKay has found himself onstage with the likes of Little Feat, Widespread Panic, Derek Trucks, moe., David Bromberg, Gregg Allman, Jimmy Herring, Del McCoury, Gov’t Mule, Phil Lesh and Bill Kreutzmann of The Grateful Dead, String Cheese Incident, Trey Anastasio, Jeff Austin of Yonder Mountain String Band, John Bell of Widespread Panic, David Grisman, and a host of others. A veritable dual talent as both a keyboard player and singer, McKay has taken influences such as McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Smith, Bobby Bland and Aretha Franklin and out of them created an distinctive and dignified musical voice that encompasses jazz, barrelhouse blues, improvisational rock and classic soul singing. Though he has mainly been in a supporting role throughout his career, the newly-formed Bill McKay Band indicates that McKay is ready to make the leap from sideman to center stage.