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Billy Marter is a musician for all seasons -- a Mississippi native who came to music relatively late in life and is capable of hearing the beauty in almost any song from any culture, especially when he gets the chance to weave his own version of it. On this outing, while his musical choices range all the way from Willie Nelson and The Beatles to Bach and Mozart, those distances are made that much shorter by this gifted musician’s noticeable lightness of touch, his deep passion for beautiful melody, and by his uncanny ability to always let the pure essence of the music speak for itself.

        It was Billy Marter’s sister who in his late teens gave him his first guitar -- a hand-me-down birthday present. While Billy never took any lessons, he learned fast -- almost exclusively by closely observing other guitar players. “I wasn’t really looking to become a professional musician,” he remembers today, “but as soon as I got my hands on that guitar I became totally obsessed with music.” He gained experience playing in blues bands, coffeehouses, and on multiple platforms of the Washington, D.C., Subway system.

        Back in Mississippi, the budding guitarist majored in music education with a classical guitar emphasis at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, and then transferred to the University of Southern Mississippi. He was soon winning.

       After earning a Master’s degree from

Southeastern Louisiana University, Billy Marter and his wife and daughter moved to Ocean Springs, Mississippi, where Billy teaches guitar and music appreciation at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, while performing regularly at a number of bars and fine restaurants in the area, spreading his gospel of world music appreciation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOONDANCE

RAINY NIGHT IN GEORGIA

BLUES FOR BLIND AL

PRIDE AND JOY

SPACE GUYS

SAKURA

MICHELLE

SPAIN

LA BAMBA

EN MI VIEJO SAN JUAN

YOU WERE ALWAYS ON MY MIND

PRELUDE FROM CELLO SUITE No. 1

TANGO MARIA

CAPRICHO ARABE

CHOROS NO.1

VARIATIONS ON A THEME OF MOZART

 

 

 
 
   
   

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