Billy Pettinger

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Billy Pettinger
Born (1982-02-01) February 1, 1982 (age 35)
Origin Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Rock, folk, alternative
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter,
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, drums, bass, harmonica
Years active 1998–present
Labels Lost Records
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.[1] She also fronts the rock band Billy and the Lost Boys[2] 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, Frank Turner and Jamie Candiloro (Ryan Adams).

Her debut release The Lost Cause[3] was produced and engineered by Raine Maida, lead singer of Canadian rock band Our Lady Peace. Billy the Kid released a fan-funded album with Jamie Candiloro (Ryan Adams/Willie Nelson) entitled "Stars, Exploding" in November 2012. In February 2013 she released "Perspective" where she played all instruments and acted as producer. Most recently, 2014 saw the release of "Horseshoes & Hand Grenades" produced by Frank Turner and released on Xtra Mile Recordings.


Personal life[edit]

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[edit]

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".

Solo work[edit]

Billy Pettinger at Rock Camp 2014, Germany

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. She has toured/performed with Against Me!, Frank Turner, Dropkick Murphys, Billy Bragg, Chuck Ragan, Tim Barry, Dave Hause, Mikey Erg, The Weakerthans, Face to Face and Laura Jane Grace.


Billy Pettinger[edit]

  • 2016: Pick Up Your Tiny Burden
  • 2016: You Can Have It All
  • 2016: I Have to Do This

Billy the Kid[edit]

  • 2008: The Lost Cause
  • 2010: Live at the Verge
  • 2011: Demo-Lish
  • 2011: Ours – Acoustic
  • 2012: Stars, Exploding
  • 2013: Perspective
  • 2014: Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

Billy the Kid & The Southside Boys[edit]

  • 2011: Ours

Billy the Kid and the Lost Boys[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  1. ^ De Guzman, Kristina (December 11, 2008). "Billy the Kid". Vue Weekly. p. 1. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  2. ^ Lewis, Jason (May 25, 2006). "Billy and the Lost Boys". FFWD Weekly. p. 1. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  3. ^ Nay, Rob (May 1, 2006). "The Lost Cause". Exclaim! Magazine. p. 1. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 

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