Welcome to the Official Billy Burke Website

by billy burke on April 10, 2010

November 25th, 1991. My 25th birthday. Everything I owned fit into two boxes which in turn, fit quite comfortably into the ’65 Cadillac Limo my band had been using as a mini tour bus to get us to and from the shitty little gigs we’d been playing around the Seattle area. Nirvana’s seminal album “Nevermind” had been released two months prior and I had a cassette copy. However, that was NOT the tape I put into the Caddy’s crappy, one speaker stereo as I drove out of town on what would be my third and final move to Los Angeles.

A year before, in August of 1990, the band that REALLY broke the ground for the Seattle music scene had put out THEIR seminal record. A band that two years earlier, we were sharing a rehearsal space with at The Music Bank in the Ballard district. That band was then called “Sleaze”. You know them now as Alice In Chains and the record (which I must admit I hated at first) was called “Facelift”. I had a cassette copy of IT too. It was given to me by the lawyers who handled my first (and only) solo demo deal at Warner Brothers Records. A demo which I had recorded at the upstate New York home studio of legendary producer Phil Ramone (Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Elton John… look him up, his credits are astounding). I don’t know if it’s needless to say, but that demo deal did NOT turn into a recording contract and “Facelift” was also NOT the tape that I chose for my triumphant farewell soundtrack.

As I merged from the onramp onto I-5 South on that typically drizzly afternoon, the voice coming through the Cadillac’s single speaker was one that had long since altered my musical perception and therefore took the place of honor as co-pilot on my journey. The title on the dilapidated cassette tape was “Small Change” by the guru of involuntary solitude and ironic disenchantment– Tom Waits. While the rest of the world was being falsely introduced to what would become known as “grunge”, I would choose to stick with the guy that in my opinion, wrote the book on the elements that movement came from. It’s music like his and other troubadour poets like him that would greatly influence what I did as a musician, if I could ever find the time, dedication and fortitude to actually BE one.

I came to L.A. with a different purpose. I had acted in two indy films while in Seattle so I was gonna see if anyone in Tinsel Town was interested. Well, as most of these stories go of course, at first they were not… and then they were… and then they were NOT, and then… well, you get the picture.

It’s been 19 years since the Caddy sputtered into Hollywood, low on oil with a driver even lower on outlook. In those years and throughout his sometimes rosy, sometimes less than stellar career as a film and TV actor, that “driver” has continued to write songs. Songs that reflect the ongoing experience of never knowing. Songs that he hopes might speak to those with similar presentiments and with any luck, those who just dig some music.

So here, on the precipice of two decades into what was always intended to be a “duel career”, I am about to share with you what was supposed to be the FIRST half, but has now become the second…

With the exception of a couple of very special guest musicians whom I’m beyond elated to have coming in, initial tracking for my first LP is now complete. We’ve got some mixing and mastering yet to do but we’re almost there. It has been such a fucking treat for me to be able to work with the caliber of artists we’ve gathered to make this thing happen. Much credit and my ongoing gratitude goes to producer Dave Darling who saw my vision and fearlessly brought it to life as no one before ever has. I’m not gonna put any useless preconceptions out there and tell you what “kind” of music it is or who you might compare it to so…

We’re just gonna give away one of the tracks for FREE. Give it a listen. Decide for yourself. To be honest, I’m not sure how long the “freebie” will be available as I’ve gotten quite a bit of resistance to this idea, (Whatev. It’s my music, I’ll do what I want with it) so… GET ON THE LIST AND GET IT NOW.

In addition to the album, we’ve got some other good shit in store for the subscribers in the months ahead. As we work out the details, you’ll be informed on how to get in on it. Don’t be shy. Leave a comment, question or unsolicited rant. I’ll be as diligent as I possibly can in responding to everyone (even the jack-offs and smart asses).

At the risk of sounding all squishy and sentimental, this venture has been a long time coming for me, so I really would like to thank you all in advance for coming along…

Much Love
-bb

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Ashley Crawford December 2, 2012 at 7:26 pm

I downloaded “Removed” today and I am struck by how real and human it sounds,you don’t get alot of that in todays music.I loved the raspiness of your voice it sounds good through my headset.The concept and lyrics of the song are very unique and individualistic.I’m glad you were finally able to get the music done and out.I enjoyed your story of moving from Washimgton to L.A.You are an excellent and funny writer with a great sense of humor.I will have to check out more of your work.By the way on a side note REVOLUTION ROCKS!!!

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Melanie Hansen August 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Your Music is great and I know their is passion behind it! Don’t ever stop making it because it makes some of us feel amazing!!! Congratulations.

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Brittany August 12, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Hey Billy!

Just found this website today and read a couple of your posts. I’ll listen to the tracks soon – my computer’s acting up at the moment – but I’m sure I’ll love them. It turns out you and I were performing in Seattle at the same time! I was just a lot younger. I used to perform – sing, dance, act – as a kid all the time, but I don’t now. I am, however, back in Everett. I realize you already have friends and family, especially here, but if you ever visit your old stomping grounds and want to see a new face, let me know. My kids are 8 and 4, so older, but they’re good with kids of all ages. Keep doing what you’re doing – you’re an amazing actor and from what I’m seeing, you have quite a gift for music as well. And I love your writing, too!

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Mrs Andrea Gyurgyik August 2, 2011 at 10:16 am

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My name is Mrs Andrea Gyurgyik a Hungarian mother.I turn to you with a request. My doughter was born in 2007 October 30. It lightened up in November that my little girl tumourous. This is metasis. She has been treatmant for December. A lot received chemotherapy and it was transplanted.As expensive the treatmaent that I was everything lost. My big house, my work and my money. We live in a 28m2 house, my husband , tha two girl and I.Our small house want to have bought ,we are fired. But the main thing is that she not lost. She not eat and not roomm clean. In Hungary everything is very expensive. One baby eat is 1,5 dollar, 1 euro.Nobody not help for we here. I need help. We need help. Everybody are gone, everybody are run avay. I’ll remain, the ill child and the debt.
Please wreat e-mail and I forward pictures from the ill child.I ask it if he can help to support my ill child concerned in his living conditions then in anything let him do it.I send it for this the bank account my number. A tiny one helps a lot for us.
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bank account my number: K and H : 10400982-78544852-51571000

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Teresann August 29, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Hello Billy

I am writing to beg you to please come to the twilight convention being held in Dallas Texas Nov. 12-14. They have not yet set up a Friday night karaoke party. It would be the most ultimate awesome night if you would come and host the karaoke party on Friday. I will learn your song removed and sing it if you would PLEASE come to Dallas. I am on my knees now begging and pleading for you to PLEASE, PLEASE PLEASE with sugar, cherry whip cream or what ever your favorite topping is on top. I will spend my life savings if need be to see you in Dallas. I am not sure if this they way to reach you, but I sure hope you get and read this. I do not know of any other way to write you. I will also try to twitter you.

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If someone were to plug their headphones into my iPhone it would quickly become apparent that I am a product of the 80′s. West coast rap being my favorite. So, where do you come in? Depends on the playlist. Sometimes you pop up after Too Short, NWA, or Eminem and then there you are! Definitely did not think I would like your style of music when I first listened to it and yet Seeing Angels is the “most played” song on my iPhone right now!! So thanks for expanding my taste in music and giving me a new favorite song!

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elena gourmet July 19, 2010 at 2:31 am

Hey Billy
Love your cd and listen to it all the time….I also just saw you on TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles.
I hope you are part of the show – I loved seeing you on tv. You are so amazing…

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Judy July 15, 2010 at 3:26 am

Hey Billy, it’s me again, Judy. Just listened to my free “taste” of BB and you really do rock! I’ve been complaining (to myself) that the songs playing these days are for teeny boppers or the 90-something crowd. But yours is so fresh, I can’t wait to get the album and listen to it all. Much success to you! And I’ll be keeping track so I can say “I knew him when…” lol. Judy

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LeSann Smh July 14, 2010 at 2:21 am

Mr Burke,
Your CD is incredible…I keep it in my truck and it’s playing each time I drive, which is constantly. Thank you for sharing your incredible talent through music and acting. I look forward to much more of both. I have subscribed to your website along with following you on Twitter so I guess that officially makes me a groupie:) Congrats on your success…you so deserve it!
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Lorrie Arias July 13, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Hi Billy..first of all I know that you’re not the “Make a Wish Foundation” but I’m gonna say what I have to say anyway. My name is Lorrie Arias(You can fond my E! News interview on Youtube by searching Lorrie Arias). I have severe systemic Lupus which has kept me a bit out of the Hollywood Loop and my dear to my heart charity events..Lupus.org is a great charity BTW. I was on The Swan reality show season 2 FOX 2004 and what sucks about that is that the Lupus could have been brought out full force by the surgeries.
Annnyway…As old as I am I am a huge Twilight fan(You are my fave) and I would loooove to meet you..hell a dream would be to be able to visit the Breaking Dawn set too.
I’m not a weirdo, not really anyway..LOL I would say my personality is described as if Lucille Ball and Anna Nicole Smith had a love child it would be me.
You can find me on facebook and twitter. You’ll see that Catherine has been a friend for a long while.
I was untreated for so long that I;m afraid that the Lupus is too far gone. I literally may not have much time at all . I feel sorry for my boys, they lost their daddy in 2002. The story is on The Swan dvd and on my E! News interview with Samantha Harris( you gotta be a celeb to be on E! News) and I was soooooo.. =)
I’d appreciate it if you responded via any of the social networks or my email which you now have. Oh yeah I also have mounds of paperwork from my docs regarding my illness..
Allright so are you going to make a possibly dying fellow celeb’s wish come true? I’m in California. The Inland Empire to be exact so I am fairly close to H wood.
Take care..no guilt trips and no pressure…just asking =) Doesnt hurt to ask.right?
Take care,
Lorrie Arias

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Hi FBI Agent Gabriel Dean. HOT name!!! Just saw ya on Rizzolie & Isles!! Looking Good but…you did get tackled by a girl!! Hehe :) You ROCK Billy!!! :)

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Kimmy July 1, 2010 at 5:50 am

hey BB – awesome things happening for you :) I have the album but life has been so mad this week I havent had a chance to listen to it yet. :(

Eclipse has just opened in NZ and already breaking box office records here. I’m going to bribe my niece to let me take her to see it…

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elena gourmet June 29, 2010 at 2:34 am

Hey Billy
Oh my god I just got your cd in the mail and I’ve been listening to it and absolutely love it.
I’m so happy for you – it’s such wonderful music and I get to read the words too.
Keep making music, you have a gift!

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