Bill LaValley has been played bass guitar in the Kalamazoo and West Michigan blues scene for the last twenty years. He started playing in Ken Goodacre and Blues Inc., joined Big Daddy Green and the King Sized Blues Band and toured with Dr. Bones of the Skeletones for a year. While performing with the Blue Moon Blues Band for nine years,l the band won a WYCE Jammie for Best Blues. Billy partnered with Bryan Michael Fischer in 2010 to form the BMF BAND, winning the Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association (KVBA) Blues Challenge and went to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge.
Billy has taken on multiple roles while in each band including song writing, booking agent, band manager, sound engineer and of course bass player. With six CD’s to his credit, Bill LaValley has become a standard bearer for the blues in West Michigan especially Kalamazoo. Billy has been described as an “in the pocket” player and is counted on both on and off stage to keep his bands on course.
Most recently, in 2012, Billy was asked to join in a blues jam with fellow area bluesmen and Big Boss Blues was the result. Charles Schantz on guitar met and played with Billy fifteen years ago and so this band is a continuation of their relationship with each other and the blues. Big Boss Blues is a combination of blues, soul and R&B while staying true to classic blues roots that Billy describes as his passion.
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