out of Nowhere
The time line becomes gray at this point. All
I can say is, after several
months of lying around licking my wounds, I got
a call that has shaped
my life to the present. Kansas had run
its course with John Elefante,
and they were looking to put the band back together.
Kerry and Dave,
at this point, didn’t want to be involved, and
I got a call that would
change my life forever! I was asked to be a member
The new lineup would be Phil, Richard, Steve,
Steve Morse on guitar,
and I was offered the job of playing bass for
the band. Is this a great
country or what?! The date for rehearsals was
set for July 1985.
Steve still had a month or so to finish his tour
with Cheap Trick,
but the band decided to go ahead and start practicing
and working on
songs without him, knowing that within the next
month he would be
there to rejoin the band.
So in the summer of 1985, I packed my bags, went
to my local airport
in Surgoinsville, Tennessee – population: 1,132
– and Steve Morse
landed in his twin engine Cessna, and took me
back to Atlanta to start
my new career with Kansas! Is this becoming
surreal or what?!
For the past 16 years I have been a proud member
of one of the
world’s greatest rock and roll bands! No regrets,
no looking back.
The work that I have done with this band and
things that I have
experienced will last a lifetime! More than anything
though, it’s the
friendship and camaraderie that I will treasure
About a year and a half ago, I decided that it
was time to do
something on my own. I had always been
frustrated that I was never
given the chance to sing lead on any of the material.
It was time!
I decided to do a solo CD.
I signed a deal with Frontiers Records in February
of 2000. I started
to record Seventh Key in the fall
of 2000. Thankfully, I was able to
enlist the services of Mike Slamer, who produced,
wrote and played on almost every track on the
CD. What a thrill it
was to play with Mike again and to have him add
his magic to the CD.
Mike is a great player and a great producer.
But even more than that,
it was wonderful renewing my friendship with
Mike and his family.
I truly love Mike, his wife Sue, and his daughter
Nicole. We went
through a lot of tough times together and 20
years later, we’re all still
here trying to carve out our little niche in
this world. Mike has proved
himself as a great songwriter, composer, and
producer. I’m very
thankful that he was involved in my project.
I started writing this bio intending to write
only a few words about
myself and to let you know about my new solo
project. But after
I started, I couldn’t stop. So, thank you for
I appreciate the opportunity to express myself.
I guess all this “stuff”
has been bottled up inside me for the past 20
years. I hope I haven’t
bored you too much and I hope that you will be
at least moderately
interested in what I have had to say. In
giving thanks, I want to
sincerely offer my gratitude to Melissa Ross
(Missy). Without her
creative talent and generosity, Billy Greer.com
would not have been
possible. Melissa, you are truly good people!
Also, thanks to Jeff
Pyeatt for writing such a gleaming foreword.
Thanks to all my fans
that have supported me throughout the years…I
hear your voices!
Thanks and God Bless Us All!………..
P.S. Enjoy the Seventh Key!