Always an audience favourite, Bill Durst has long been compared to the best guitar player/singer/entertainers anywhere in the world. Bill has written and recorded over 100 songs on ten albums including seven charted Canadian radio hits. After the early success of his band Thundermug in North America and Europe, Bill was acclaimed as one of the top songwriters in Canada, signing with CBS (now Sony) Publishing, and releasing his first two solo albums in 1984 and 1989.
In between these
two albums, as a side gig, Bill played in “the biggest bar band in Canada”
Tres Hombres, a ZZ Top clone band, and that’s how he got his beard started!
In 1994 Bill co-wrote, produced, sang and played guitar on the cd “Who’s Running My World”, released under the Thundermug name, which received forty two continuous weeks of nationally charted radio airplay and spawned three hit singles in Canada.
Bill has opened for Aerosmith, Rush, Bob Seger, The Yardbirds, Sly and The Family Stone, George Thorogood, Bad Company, Jeff Healey, Edgar Winter Group, The Tubes, David Clayton Thomas, Savoy Brown, Little Feat etc. and has toured across North America and Europe.
As for Bill’s live performance, Herman Goodden wrote “Durst delivers…feedback…echo effect… powerful singing, freak harmonic, buzz sawing bottle neck guitar and supercharged intensity are all components of Bill Durst’s showmanship. Durst, the legendary virtuoso guitarist, performed a radical re-interpretation of Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing” which opened with some incredible mewings that he squeezed out of his fret board, suggesting an overhead migration of gigantic seagulls”.
When you see Bill play or listen to his cds, you are in for a treat. Co-writing with friend and former Thundermug band mate Joe DeAngelis has resulted in a wonderful synthesis of fun and exiting blues, roots, rock music and an unforgettable cd – “The Great Willy Mammoth” – featuring the full mature onslaught of a true artistic gem / world class guitar player / singer,
songwriter / entertainer named Bill Durst.
Member Jack Richardson Hall of Fame
London Music Awards Blues/R&B Artist of the Year 2012
Best Live Canadian Blues Album 2012 - Blues Underground
The Great Willy Mammoth cd is voted one of the Top Twenty Canadian Blues Albums of 2011 by the fans - Blind Lemon Blues