While most of his contemporaries are following the fads of the day, Billy Buchanan is heavily influenced by artists that are based in a more soulful, bluesy singer - songwriter tradition. Current musicians like Ray Lamontagne, Amos Lee, and Cee Lo Green, soul greats such as Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and southern rockers like The Doobie Brothers, and The Allman Brothers are just a few of the artists that pop in your mind when you hear Billy Buchanan’s latest album, The Music Man. Unapologetically wearing his influences on his sleeve, Buchanan borrows from the best, all the while creating his own unique blend of soul, modern funk, and southern rock. With help from his band, Free Avenue, Buchanan takes you on a fun filled musical journey that chronicles the experiences of a life long musician. Carefully wrapped in clever beats, soaring melodies, skillfully crafted chord progressions, and thought provoking lyrics, Buchanan documents the joy, loneliness, sadness, faith, and doubt that encompasses a musician’s life. The first single being pushed to radio is the upbeat title track, "The Music Man".
Originally from Cleveland, OH, Buchanan resides with his family in St. Augustine, FL and has also lived in Atlanta, GA, and Nashville, TN. From the age of 17, Buchanan honed his skills night after night in local venues. As an adult, his musical adventures have taken him to all 50 states and to over 25 countries. He has shared the stage with an amazingly diverse list of artists, including Shawn Mullins, Sixpence None The Richer, Morris Day and The Time, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Joy Williams (from The Civil Wars), Super Cat, G Love and Special Sauce, 24-7 Spyz, Switchfoot, KC & The Sunshine Band, Funky Meters, P.O.D, N'Dea Davenport (from The Brand New Heavies), Skillet, The Four Tops, Alice In Chains, Rebecca St. James, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Salt-n-Pepa, and Jennifer Nettles (from Sugarland), to name a few.
His latest, album, The Music Man, can be found at iTunes, Amazon.com and most other digital retailers. His other two albums, Hold On, and Transparent, are also available. Recently, Buchanan was written up in Ignition Music Magazine, The Compass, Music Connection Magazine, The Florida Times Union, The Underground, Folio Weekly, I Want A Buzz Magazine, The St. Augustine Record, Ocala Star Banner, and The Ponte Vedra Recorder.