|Born||February 1, 1982|
|Origin||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Genres||Rock, folk, alternative|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano, drums, bass, harmonica|
|Associated acts||Billy and the Lost Boys|
Billy Pettinger (born February 1, 1982) is a Canadian-born singer and songwriter who performs under the moniker Billy the Kid. She also fronts the rock band Billy and the Lost Boys and played drums in Vancouver's longest surviving Ramones cover band, the Ramores.
Pettinger has been the primary songwriter in all of her original projects and has collaborated with such artists as Garth Hudson from The Band and Bob Dylan, Randy Cooke of Dave Stewart's Rock Fabulous Orchestra and Ringo Starr and Stan "the Baron" Behrens, who played with Willie Dixon, Ruth Brown and the Four Tops.
Her debut release The Lost Cause was produced and engineered by Raine Maida, lead singer of Canadian rock band Our Lady Peace. Billy the Kid released a new album with Jamie Candiloro (Ryan Adams/R.E.M./Willie Nelson) entitled "Stars, Exploding" in November of 2012. In February of 2013 she released "Perspective" where she played all instruments and acted as producer.
At 16 Pettinger put together her first band in which she was the lead singer and guitarist. The Blue Collar Bullets featured You Say Party drummer Devon Clifford who died on stage in 2010.
Billy and the Lost Boys
After The Blue Collar Bullets, Pettinger put together a lineup of musicians and within twelve days of forming, Billy and the Lost Boys played their first concert. They would go on to release 3 albums, 2 music videos and in May 2004 reached #1 on the Canadian College and Campus Radio Charts. Their music was featured in television shows Radio Free Roscoe, Degrassi: The Next Generation and The Collector. She self-engineered and produced the 4th Billy and the Lost Boys album titled "Off The Map".
Pettinger released a five song EP called The Lost Cause on November 14, 2008. The EP contains the songs "These City Lights", "Drown", "The Drugs", "I Don't Want to Know" and "Just Trying to Get By". The Lost Cause was produced by Our Lady Peace front man Raine Maida. It is sold on her website, and on iTunes. An additional six songs were recorded at the same time, some of which were re-recorded for the album "Ours" (the remainder were released on 2011's "Demo-Lish"). In 2010 Billy the Kid began a crowd sourcing campaign to fund her debut full-length album. In addition to pre-orders and specialized bundles, she traveled across the continent to play fundraisers, anniversaries, birthday parties and private concerts as well as go camping, white water rafting and rock climbing with fans. The result was the appropriately titled album "Ours". Pettinger's songs have appeared in A&E's Biography, Miami Ink, American Idol, Tragic Side of Fame, My 600 LB Life, Gene Simmons' The Family Jewels, Chelsea Settles, Sweet Home Alabama, 16 and Pregnant, Exes and Ohs, Arctic Air, Tori and Dean Home Sweet Hollywood, One Angry Juror, Alienated, Canada In The Rough, Showcase science fiction series Continuum, Celebrity Ghost Stories, The Houstons: On Our Own, Nick Swardson's Pretend Time, Motive, The Nate Berkus Show, Sell This House: Extreme and the movie Foreverland featuring Juliette Lewis .
Billy the Kid
- 2008: The Lost Cause
- 2010: Live at the Verge
- 2011: Demo-Lish
- 2011: Ours - Acoustic
- 2012: Stars, Exploding
- 2013: Perspective
Billy the Kid & The Southside Boys
- 2011: Ours
Billy and the Lost Boys
- 2002: Strong Like Prawn
- 2004: Breaking Down the Barriers That Break Down Your Music
- 2005: Breaking Down the Barriers That Break Down Your Music Remastered
- 2006: Yet Why Not Say What Happened?
- 2008: Off The Map
References and notes
- Billy the Kid's official website
- Billy the Kid's official facebook profile
- Billy Pettinger on Myspace