Billy C. Wirtz is back with moving music and stories thatonly he, in his divine wisdom can bring to the great unwashed, the sinners and do-gooders alike. As we all know the Rev. Billyusually works alone as he needs no help in bringing the truth and healing powers of music to those in need. A very seriousacoustic blues piano player in the mold of his mentor Sunnyland Slim, and accomplished song writer of great depth and wit,he can boogie and preach the blues without the need of a net!
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Reverend Billy C. Wirtz is a comic genius, gifted pianist and American musicologist who defies easy classification. In fact, no theme is too extreme, taboo, or undignified for the Reverend, so long as it garners a good laugh. Billy C. Wirtz was born in Aiken, SC, on September 28, One of his most treasured childhood memories was watching the gospel programs broadcasted from the Bell Auditorium in nearby Augusta, GA. In , his family moved to Washington, D. After graduation, as Wirtz was filling out applications to start a career in teaching, Chicago blues pianist Sunnyland Slim came through Virginia on tour.
Reverend Billy C. His material consists of comedy routines set to music. His father worked for the United States Atomic Energy Commission , and his mother was a writer and sociologist who worked to reform the police department. The comedy album boom of the early s was a significant influence, particularly Allan Sherman 's My Son, The Folksinger. He started playing guitar at ten, and played in cover bands in his early teens. Working at the Waxie Maxie's Record Store helped broaden his taste, discovering the blues, as well as jazz and gospel. He began his career as a solo artist in Wirtz performs concerts and teaches workshops on blues and gospel music.
A comic genius and American musicologist, Reverend Billy C. Wirtz blazes a trail across the country playing nightclubs, comedy clubs and performance art centers, bringing his "First House of Polyester Worship" services to the multitudes. The eclectic, wide-ranging subject matter of his songs has fans rolling in the aisles during his manic live performances.