PICS: Billy Bob Thornton & the Boxmasters

Billy Bob Thornton & the Boxmasters delivered a 'goliath' blues/rockabilly set at the Belly Up on April 4.

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Yep, you read that right: Thornton, the Academy Award-winning actor, is a great rockabilly/blues/country musician in his own right. Is there anything the guy can't do?
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The frontman (who also recently won a Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Television Drama Series for Amazon's "Goliath") has had a lifelong love and music and began writing songs in 1990, and released four solo albums since 2001. The Boxmasters, though, have been his main music squeeze since 2007.
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Dave Fowler (pictured left) plays bass live for the group these days, while longtime guitarist J.D. Andrew is one of their guitar players.
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As you’d expect, the Belly Up was packed to the gills with adoring fans.
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Contrary to what you might believe, 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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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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They formed in Bellflower, California, and released their latest studio album, “Boys and Girls…And the World," in 2016.
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Eric McKim (pictured left) also plays guitar in the Boxmasters.
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The idea behind the Boxmasters music was basically re-imagining British Invasion pop songs in the rockabilly style.
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Thornton, credited as “W.R. Thornton” on album credits, also plays drums as well as handling the vocal duties.
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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.
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Since then, they've released five more studio albums.
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Eric Rhoades plays drums live for the band.
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Wherever they go from here, it was great seeing Thornton and the band in town for such an incredible show. Come back soon!
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