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Billy Megofna Jr. is a professional guitarist and singer living in New York City. With over 3000 live performances to his credit, Billy's fearless and adaptive approach to music has allowed him to be a successful private guitar instructor as well as a credible studio/session musician.  Billy has experience in slide, acoustic, electric guitar and lead/background vocals. Aside from understanding the traditional aspects of guitar and vocals, Billy is continually exploring music through the use of a wide variety of effects pedals.  Tone is always paramount but equally important is the need to explore the possibilities of creative and textural sounds. Billy can be both a role playing rhythm guitarist/singer or a stand alone lead guitarist.

 

Billy uses:  Gibson Guitars, Fender Guitars, Godin Guitars, Alvarez Guitars, Larry Pogreba Resonator, Gretsch, Marshall Amps, Mesa Boogie, Fishman, Dunlop, Elixir, D'Addario, Boss, Wampler, TC Electronics, Carl Martin, Aphex, Radial, Empress, Red Witch, Blackout Effectors, Line 6 and Ibanez.

Billy's influences:

The slide guitar playing of Lowell George, Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder, Kelly Joe Phelps, Warren Haynes and Ben Harper

The guitar playing and songwriting of Ani Difranco, Rich Robinson & Marc Ford, Malcom & Angus Young, Kelly Joe Phelps, Mike Cambell & Tom Petty, Dimebag Darrell, Tom Morello, Jerry Cantrell, Ian Thornley, G.Love, Gary Clark Jr., Jimmy Page, Ty Tabor, David Gilmour, Eddie Van Halen, Paul Gilbert, Ian Ball & Ben Ottwell, Kelly Jones, Jerry Garcia, Mike McCready & Stone Gossard, The Deleo Brothers, Jeff Pevar, Nels Cline & Jeff Tweady, Jake E. Lee, George Lynch, James Hetfield & Kirk Hammett, Paul Stanley & Ace Frehley, Prince, Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, Frank Hannon & Tommy Skeoch, Wes Montgomery and Keith Urban.

 

 
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shows

 

March 15   The Grey Lady   NYC

March 22   The Grey Lady   NYC

March 29   The Grey Lady   NYC   

MUSIC CAREER

Billy Megofna Jr. was raised on music.  At age 12 he began learning to play the guitar parts of some of his favorite songs that he'd heard growing up as a kid in New Britain Connecticut.  New Britain was a Heavy Metal and Hip Hop town.  Wanting to be a part of creating and playing music, Billy joined a rock band.   During his high school band years he began studying classical guitar from Daniel Salazar.  From 1993 to 1998 he attended The Hartt School (University of Hartford). He studied classical guitar with Alan Spriestersbach, jazz guitar with Rich Goldstein, voice with Doug Houston, theater, music business and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. 

After college Billy spent years playing with his high school band mates in a band called Big Ed's Gas Farm.  Big Ed's was a band that experimented with rock, jazz and jam band music from 1998 to 2001.  In 2001, Big Ed's disbanded and he began the next phase of his music career.

The Connecticut music scene is known for having a large number of cover bands. The local bars and restaurants required more accessible entertainment. Cover bands and solo artists performing covers were a  more suitable fit for audiences in CT.   

In 2000 Billy began learning slide guitar and blues sensibility from a local artist named Dan Stevens.  Dan's hold on American Blues Music and his ability to perform as a solo artist had a strong influenced on Billy.  With a varied cover song repertoire, Billy began playing his own solo acoustic gigs at local bars and restaurants. From 2001 to the present Billy has played over 3000 solo acoustic gigs throughout New England.  

From 2001 to the present, Billy held residencies at a number of different venues. For 5 years he hosted an Acoustic Open Mic Night at Sully's Pub in Hartford CT. The open mic night's atmosphere was recognized by local papers and musicians across CT.  It fostered a very welcoming and experimental environment for all aspiring musicians and songwriters to come and play whatever they wanted.  It wasn't just for the "elite."  Everyone from construction workers to insurance agents to musicians would come to play.  

During the 2000s,  Billy and his band at the time 'Meat & Potatoes,' would perform weekly at The Hungry Tiger in Manchester CT.  'Meat & Potatoes' was basically a Black Crowes and Led Zeppelin cover band.  The band's main interest was to continue to keep Rock n Roll music alive and well. Billy also hosted the Blues Open Mic at The Hungry Tiger occasionally throughout the 2000s.  

In 2010, along with bassist Brian Jenkins and drummer Jay Taylor, Billy recorded some of his own material. The album was simply entitled 'Megofna.' 

Billy's years in CT introduced him to a number of great musicians and songwriters.  While some of them are not nationally recognized, they all were either gracious enough to allow Billy to play live with them or to have Billy appear on their recordings.  Billy has performed or recorded with:  Jen Lowe, Courtney Drummey, Members of Grey Cell Green, Jeff Pevar, Jeff Pitchell, Jon Peckman, Tim McDonald, Ed and John Corvo, Chip Fenney, Members of Rane, Lee Sylvester, Dennis Fancher, Richie Obrero, Mike Rau, Jay Wiggin, Abby Ahmad, Andre Balazs, Tim Palmeri, Dave Livolsi, Members of the Dickey Betts Band and Pimp The Cat (Matt Zeiner, Mark Greenberg, Dave Stoltz), Rich Goldstein, Kris Jensen, Geoff Brown, John Fries, Brian Jenkins, Big Ed's Gas Farm (Jay Taylor and Marc Saccoman), Rob The Drummer, Dan Stevens, Scott Wattel, Matt Zeiglar, Paul Avgerinos. 

 

 
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Studio Work

by Billy Megofna Jr.

Billy Megofna Jr. has had the pleasure of working with some great songwriters and musicians. The tracks included here highlight some of the session work Billy has worked on.