Songwriter / Performer / Producer
Born in Kentucky in 1955, Bill Lloyd moved frequently as a child, following his military father around the world. He began writing songs at an early age, and after studying at Western Kentucky University, he dropped out and moved to Nashville in 1982.
After pairing with Radney Foster, the two wrote the hit “Since I Found You” for female duo Sweethearts of the Rodeo. Offered a performing contract by RCA, Foster & Lloyd jumped at the opportunity and released their debut album in 1987. The self-titled LP sparked three country hits, “Crazy over You,” “Sure Thing,” and “What Do You Want from Me This Time?”. The duo continued performing until 1990 when Foster moved on to a solo career, and Lloyd, who had released an album of some decidedly rock-oriented mid-’80s demos, played guitar on albums by Ricky Van Shelton, Al Kooper, Kim Richey, Marshall Crenshaw, and Steve Earle. In 1994, Lloyd also recorded his first proper solo album, Set to Pop. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants followed five years later.
Lloyd’s diverse musical activities include working as a producer (ranging from Carl Perkins to MTV reality show indie-rockers, The Secret), a session player (from Brit-pop icons like Ray Davies of The Kinks and Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze, to country legends like Buck Owens and Steve Earle), a sideman (Poco, Marshall Crenshaw and with Cheap Trick when they perform The Beatles Sgt. Pepper with orchestra) and as a songwriter (with songs cut by Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Sara Evans, Keith Anderson, Hootie and the Blowfish and many more).
He has recorded a string of critically acclaimed solo records that blend his melodic power pop sensibility with finely tuned song craft. During his three-year stint as the Stringed Instrument Curator at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Lloyd created the quarterly series Nashville Cats, which he continues to host. He’s the music director for the First Amendment Center in Nashville, and he also organized and plays in Nashville’s high concept cover band, The Long Players, recently profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered”.