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Billy Flynn Musician
Billy Flynn
Born (1956-08-11) August 11, 1956 (age 61)
Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States
Genres Chicago blues, electric blues
Guitarist, singer, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, mandolin
Labels Easy Baby, Land O' Blues
Jimmy Dawkins, the Legendary Blues Band, Mississippi Heat

Billy Flynn (born August 11, 1956)[1] is an American Chicago blues and electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter.

In addition to his own work and works mentioned later, he has worked and recorded with Bryan Lee, Little Smokey Smothers, Mark Hummel, Willie Kent, Snooky Pryor, Big Bill Morganfield, John Brim, Jody Williams, Little Arthur Duncan, Deitra Farr, and Billy Boy Arnold.[2]


Flynn was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin.[1][3] In 1970, a local blues club opened and Flynn was inspired by the music provided there by Luther Allison, Johnny Littlejohn and Mighty Joe Young. Flynn was fortunate to be spotted playing outside the venue by Jimmy Dawkins, who arranged for Flynn to play with him on stage.[4] Flynn joined Dawkins's backing band in 1975, and he played and toured with them until the end of the decade.

Flynn also worked locally during this period and played alongside Sunnyland Slim. In the early part of the 1980s, Flynn was a member of the touring ensemble Jim Liban and the Futuramics.[4] In the late 1980s, he joined the Legendary Blues Band. He also played with Mississippi Heat.[1]

Willie "Big Eyes" Smith's 2008 album, Born in Arkansas, utilized Flynn, plus bassist Bob Stroger, pianist Barrelhouse Chuck, Little Frank Krakowski and Smith's son, drummer Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith.[5]

In August 2010, Flynn and Kid Ramos backed Kim Wilson at the Edmonton's Labatt Blues Festival.[3]


Solo albums

Year Title Record label
2005 Billy's Blues Easy Baby
2005 Chicago Blues Mandolin Easy Baby
2009 Blues Drive Vol. 1-2 Land O' Blues
2017 Lonesome Highway Delmark Records


See also


  1. ^ a b c Hanson, Karen (2007). Today's Chicago Blues (1st ed.). Chicago: Lake Claremont Press. p. 155. ISBN 978-1-893121-19-5. 
  2. ^ "Billy Flynn Blues - Discography". Retrieved 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Friday Performers - Kim Wilson's Blues All-Stars featuring Billy Flynn and Kid Ramos". Archived from the original on January 17, 2012. Retrieved 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Biography". Retrieved 2011. 
  5. ^ "Born in Arkansas - Willie "Big Eyes" Smith". Archived from the original on April 26, 2012. Retrieved 2011. 
  6. ^ "Allmusic ((( Billy Flynn > Discography > Main Albums )))". 

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