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"Billy the Kid slinging for Memphis acclaim!! A Beaver County band is one of five finalists in the International Blues Challenge's self-produced CD competition. "The judges reported some very strong discs," according to the Memphis-based International Blues Challenge (IBC), which hosts a yearly battle-of-the-bands to crown the top blues acts not linked to a major label. Billy the Kid and The Regulators, fronted by singer-guitarist Bill Evanochko of Hopewell Township, competed in the Memphis challenge in 2008, narrowly missing the Top 10.
“The Kid infuses his particular brand of blues, funk and soul to this superbly crafted debut release. His voice hits those perfect notes every singer hopes for, and are a perfect match for his unique style of attack on guitar. The well-placed tracks flow together, giving this recording a smooth, consistent feel from start to finish. The bluesy opening cut, "Nothing To Lose" quickly sets the tone for the CD, and establishes The Kid as a force to be reckoned with. It's fair to say, She Got A Hold On Me elevates the standard in this region and places Billy The Kid among the contenders for the title of, "King of the Blues" around this town.”
“Billy "The Kid" Evanochko has found his voice. Sure, the Hopewell Township blues musician has been singing the past 10 years in practically every local bar or club where live bands are welcomed. But on his new album, "She Got a Hold on Me," Evanochko's singing takes on a signature sound, boosted by the pillars of emotional depth and hard-earned wisdom. No longer just replicating the blues masters he diligently studied, he comes across as an artist who has earned the grit and grizzle in his voice.”
"Billy The kid & The Regulators are the best band I've had as an opening act this year period."
"The boy can flat out play. Billy and the boys are one of the best kept secrets in the Blues. If you ain't heard of em, you better ask somebody!"