The name Bill Lloyd is certainly not the most memorable one, but for those who have followed his charmed career it’s his catchy songs that get stuck in your head.
As a refresher, Bill was the “Lloyd” in Foster & Lloyd, (with Radney Foster) that charted numerous hits out of Nashville in the 1980s: Crazy Over You, Sure Thing, What Do You Want From Me This Time, and Fair Shake. He’s made a ton of scratch writing megahits for (mostly) chicks in the NashVegas scene.
But don’t hold that against him.
Bill Lloyd’s own sensibilities have always been rooted in 1960s-70s pop, jangle and power-pop; as such he has worked in the shadows with Ray Davies (Kinks), Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze) Marshall Crenshaw, Cheap Trick, as well as Poco and Steve Earle.
Lloyd travels in the same rarefied intelligent pop-craftsmen air as Crenshaw, Elvis Costello, Dave Edmunds, The Smithereens, Scott Miller (Game Theory/Loud Family), Nick Lowe, Fountains of Wayne, and Dwight Twilley, which is why so many fans of these artists already know of him.
Bill’s new album (his first solo effort since 2004) is the perfectly-titled Boy King of Tokyo. It came out a little earlier this year, and is already getting great reviews from fans and critics alike.
Today, the official video for the title track was released, so come be one of the first to view this adorable little thing…