Willy B. ... In 1987 Willy B. formed the BMI publishing company “Willy B. Music Group” after releasing his International hit “A Tribute to Marty Robbins”.
Since then as a singer-songwriter, actor, and director/producer he has personally worked with the winners of every major award in the entertainment business, including; CMA, Oscar, Tony, Grammy, Obie and Emmy awards.
"One of the original Outlaws of Country Music".
(below Willy B 1992).
Willy B. fell in love with the outlaw movement in his hometown outside of Austin Texas. After graduating college Willy started his career as a country singer & songwriter as one half of the country duet "Willy & The Cowboy", (along with his Texas hometown friend- Kevin Conboy).
In 1987 Willy & The Cowboy landed in Nashville and released the country single "A Tribute To Marty Robbins". It became an internationally charted hit after the death of Marty Robbins. It was released as a single (an actual 45 vinyl record). Willy & The Cowboy then recorded a Tribute album/CD that went on to receive great reviews. The Album was produced by country star, Johnny Carver and Grand Ole Opry musician Jimmy Capps. A Tribute to Marty Robbins was on the charts a total of 12 weeks (reached #23.) Willy & The Cowboy has played at the biggest venues in country music including The Grand Ole Opry, The Bluebird Cafe, and The Palomino Club and has opened for many artist, including Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, and the Hoss of Outlaw Music - Waylon Jennings.
In 1990 "The Cowboy" returned to California to start a family. He kept writing with Willy B. and started singing with one of Southern California's top acts- "The Old Friends Band".
Willy B. stayed in Nashville and signed on as a staff writer for A&R Records in Nashville at the United Artist Tower on Music Row. There he wrote many songs with Nashville song smith Ruthie Barnes Steele. Today Willy B. and Ruthie are still writing together at Willy B. Music Group where Ruthie is Head Writer and Artist in Residence. Today Willy B. Music Group provide original songs for feature films & recording artist with co-written songs with many writers from Nashville, Texas, California, and Europe, including the late great Max D. Barnes. Inducted into The Songwriters Hall of fame and *The Old Time Music Hall of Fame*. (Ruthie & Max D. –brother & sister- were inducted on the same day).