Billy was born and raised in Nashville. He played in various pop/rock bands locally and in the early '90s had the opportunity to move to Tokyo to play and record with his band.
Missing his family and Nashville, he returned home and worked in sales for Rock Block Guitars for five years. Billy remembers wanting to work for Gruhn Guitars since the first time he came into the store as a young boy, and he joined the Gruhn sales staff in 2001. Though he spends much of his time selling acoustic guitars and mandolins, his affinity for electric guitars (especially ones with blue finish) is readily apparent to those who know him well.