Front man Kerry Hurley started The Thrillbillyz in the early 1990s when he was living in Southern California. He envisioned a group that had no musical boundaries.
The concept caught on and the band played gig after gig and finally ended up in the recording studio coming away with a four song demo.
Not long after that recording session, Hurley heard the call of the mountains and returned to his hometown of Roanoke, Virginia. The Star City of the South has no shortage of fine musicians and Hurley reconstituted The Thrillbillyz. That four song demo became the inspiration for the band’s first full length album.
That first album “Romp” was released in 1994. It contains a little bit of Hurley’s love of home, for example, “Franklin County Moonshine,” and his obsession with the Blues. You will hear a lot of blues rock in the Thrillbillyz performance at Hammer & Forge Brewing Company in Boones Mill, Virginia.
What is Roots2Rock on the road?
Our Roots2Rock on the road series is just as it sounds. Our crew packs the gear in the wagon and hits the road to bring you live music streamed on our Facebook page. These live streams come from taprooms, smaller listening rooms and even recording studios. When we say live we mean a multi-camera switched live stream that will immerse viewers into the performance. In addition to music you see interviews with the artists and the people who run our unique venues. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to find out when the next live stream will be.
Our mission is to help promote artists and small businesses by telling their stories. We invite you to watch Roots2Rock then visit our venues, restaurants, shops and outdoor recreation opportunities that make the Virginia’s Blue Ridge region so special. To learn more about our region click here