Bill Orcutt

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Bill Orcutt
Guitarist Bill Orcutt performing at Kunsthall Oslo, Norway
Guitarist Bill Orcutt performing at Kunsthall Oslo, Norway
Background information
Born (1962-02-02) February 2, 1962 (age 60)
Miami, Florida, United States
GenresFree improvisation
Years active1992-current

Bill Orcutt (born February 2, 1962)[1] is an American guitarist and composer whose work combines elements of blues, punk, and free improvisation.


Inspired by seeing Muddy Waters in The Last Waltz,[2] Orcutt began playing the guitar as a teenager in Miami. In 1992, he formed the band Harry Pussy with his wife, Cuban/American drummer and vocalist Adris Hoyos.[3] The group recorded three LPs and toured the US frequently, often in support of indie bands like Sonic Youth and Sebadoh.[4] Their music, which drew from American no wave, hardcore punk and free jazz was influential and "served as a progenitor for the Noise movement."[5] In 1997 the band dissolved and the couple divorced.[6] Orcutt moved to San Francisco and took a long hiatus from music, returning in 2009, with an LP of solo guitar entitled A New Way To Pay Old Debts[7] which was well received, ranking third of 2009 in the Wire magazine's annual "Rewind" list.[8] His follow-up release How The Thing Sings was similarly praised, reaching number 3 on NPR's The Best Outer Sound Albums Of 2011.[9] Since 2009, Orcutt has toured often[10] appearing at festivals in the US and Europe, including Hopscotch, Incubate, Le Nouveau Festival du Centre Pompidou,[11] Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Donau and Big Ears.[12] Typically a solo performer, Orcutt has also recorded or performed with Loren Mazzacane Connors,[13] Chris Corsano, Peter Brötzmann and Alan & Richard Bishop.




  1. ^ "BBC – Music – Bill Orcutt". BBC. Retrieved April 13, 2014.
  2. ^ Bruyninckx, Joeri (February 3, 2010). "Bill Orcutt". Foxy Digitalis. Archived from the original on April 21, 2014. Retrieved April 13, 2014.
  3. ^ Beaumont-Thomas, Ben (7 November 2010). "Bill Orcutt: 'Harry Pussy were my perfect band'". The Guardian. Retrieved April 13, 2014.
  4. ^ Huey, Steve. "Harry Pussy Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved April 13, 2014.
  5. ^ Cohan, Brad (August 29, 2012). "Q&A: Bill Orcutt On The Harry Pussy Reissues, Playing "The Star-Spangled Banner" And His Kids Not Caring He Was In A Band Called Harry Pussy". The Village Voice. Retrieved April 13, 2014.
  6. ^ Connolly, Keith (October 3, 2013). "Bill Orcutt by Keith Connolly". Bomb. Retrieved April 13, 2014.
  7. ^ Keenan, David (October, 2011). "Bill Orcutt: Play Dirty". The Wire pp. 30–33
  8. ^ "2009 Rewind: Top 50 Releases of the Year". The Wire. January 2010. Archived from the original on August 11, 2014. Retrieved April 13, 2014.
  9. ^ Gotrich, Lars (November 30, 2011). "The Best Outer Sound Albums Of 2011". NPR. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
  10. ^ NOBODADDY (September 10, 2013). "Bill Orcutt announces 16 fall tour dates, possibly giving 16 lucky fans the opportunity to have Bill Orcutt spend the night at their house!". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved April 13, 2014.
  11. ^ Lepron, Louis (March 14, 2012). "Musicien insulté, enceintes détruites : un concert interrompu au Centre Pompidou". Le Nouvel Observateur. Archived from the original on April 30, 2014. Retrieved April 13, 2014.
  12. ^ Weingarten, Christopher (March 31, 2014). "Big Ears 2014 Celebrates Steve Reich Via Punk, Drone, Jazz, Radiohead". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 13, 2014.

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