Bill Lloyd is a Nashville-based-Grammy-
nominated songwriter, musician, recording artist and producer, often remembered as half of the late ‘80’s RCA country-rock duo, Foster and Lloyd. Between 1987 and 1990, the duo charted nine singles on the Billboard country charts with their their debut single, "Crazy Over You” being the first debut single by a country duo to reach #1 on the Radio & Records chart.
Lloyd’s diverse musical activities include working as a producer (ranging from Carl Perkins to MTV reality show indie-rockers, The Secret), a session player (backing Brit-pop icons like Ray Davies of The Kinks, Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze and Ringo Starr) to country legends (Buck Owens and Steve Earle), a hired-gun sideman (Poco, Marshall Crenshaw and with Cheap Trick when they performed The Beatles Sgt. Pepper with orchestra) and as a songwriter (with songs cut by Trisha Yearwood, Graham Gouldman, Martina McBride, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Sara Evans, Hootie and the Blowfish, Pure Prairie League, Poco and many more).
Lloyd has recorded a string of critically acclaimed solo records that blend his melodic power pop sensibility with finely tuned song craft. During his stint as the Stringed Instrument Curator at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, he helped create and host over forty programs of the quarterly series Nashville Cats. He was the music director for the First Amendment Center’s Freedom Sings program 1999-2019. He organized and plays in Nashville’s high concept cover band, The Long Players profiled on NPR’s All Things Considered. Celebrating classic albums played live, that band will have it’s 20th anniversary in 2024.
Other projects include the 2019 digital-only pop-rock release of Project: Ghost Outfit with Tom Petersson, Adam Shoenfeld and Keith Brogdon. Following the passing of friend and bandmate from The Sky Kings (Rusty Young) in 2021, Lloyd and Poco members Jack Sundrud, Tom Hampton, Michael Webb and Rick Lonow joined forces in an Americana group called Cimarron 615 and made an album for the Blue Elan record label released in 2023 called Brand New Distance. This album features two of Lloyd’s original songs.
His most recent solo recordings can be found on both the Spyderpop/Big Stir labels (Lloyd*ering in 2016 and Working the Long Game in 2018) and his own imprint, Whole In One (2GTRSBSDRMS in 2019 and Don’t Kill the Messenger in 2020). His current self-released album is called Look Into It (2024).