Bill Ellingboe is a songwriter and musician from Michigan. He grew up in Atlanta, a small town in the northeast corner of the state. While attending college at Notre Dame, he helped form the infamous bar band Stomper Bob & The 4 x 4’s, which eventually evolved into Umphrey’s McGee after his departure. It was also during this time that Bill began to discover the music that would leave an indelible stamp on his musical style. “This was the onset of grunge, and while I had some cool Andrew Wood bootlegs, I just wasn’t that into it. At a music store in South Bend, on a whim, I bought John Prine’s anthology Great Days, and Steve Earle’s Train a Comin’. I had never heard of either of these artists, but I thought the albums looked cool. The honesty, humor, and poignancy of the lyrics struck a chord, so to speak. It was also around this time that I heard Johnny Cash sing Bird On A Wire on the Jon Stewart talk show. It blew my mind. I bought all the Leonard Cohen and Johnny Cash music I could find.”
Bill just released his new album Cold Water Part 1 and it’s awesome! Go get yourself one of his records at the 2016 Walk The Beat Event!