PICS: Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters at Belly Up

Billy Bob Thornton & the Boxmasters delivered a goliath of a show at the Belly Up on Monday, July 16.

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Yep, you read that right: Thornton -- the Academy Award-winning actor you've seen recently in the Amazon show "Goliath" and films such as "Sling Blade" and "Monsters Ball" -- is a rockabilly/blues/country musician in his own right as well.
Thornton (pictured left), who's had a lifelong love of music, began writing songs in 1990 and has released four solo albums since 2001. His current band, the Boxmasters, have been rocking out since 2007.
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As you’d expect, the Belly Up was packed to the gills with adoring fans. (Guitarist Kirk McKim pictured left)
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Thornton once said in an interview: “I never intended to become a movie star, it happened accidentally … Music is what I love.”
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Teddy Andreadis plays organ and piano for the group.
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While on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in 2009, Thornton told the host: “I’m just in their band, I’m just one of the guys,” when speaking about the Boxmasters.
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J.D. Andrew plays bass live for the group (pictured left).
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Before his acting career took off, Thornton was a roadie for a time, and also played in bands covering Creedence Clearwater Revival and ZZ Top.
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The Boxmasters formed in Bellflower, California, and have released six albums – their latest being 2016’s “Boys and Girls…And the World.”
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Thornton, credited as “W.R. Thornton” on album credits, also plays drums on the band's records as well as handling the vocal duties.
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The idea behind the Boxmasters' original formation was basically to play '60s British Invasion pop songs in the style of rockabilly.
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The band started out by playing shows in California, as well as Tecate, Mexico. They released their eponymous debut on June 10, 2008 via Vanguard Records.
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After releasing “Christmas Cheer,” on Nov. 11 that same year, they followed it up with “Modbilly” in 2009. Press outlets like the Houston Press gave it positive reviews -- saying “it confirms that Billy Bob Thornton’s writing talents aren’t confined to his Oscar-winning screenplays.”
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“Modbilly” was followed by the “Somewhere Down the Road” and “Providence” albums in 2015. Last year marked the release of their sixth studio album. (Andreadis and McKim, right, pictured)
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What a great show -- come back soon, guys!
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