Feather- Winston/Salem NC- Stand Up Bass/ Elect Bass/ Mandolin/
Billie Marie Feather is a double bassist who originally hails from
Johnstown, PA. Being brought up in the beautiful Pennsylvania
mountains and surrounded by a family of avid music lovers, Billie's love
of performing music in all forms was fostered.
Saying goodbye to her childhood home in the
mountains, Billie's family relocated during her elementary school years
to North Carolina, where she found herself surrounded by the rich
musical landscape that flourishes in the Tarheel State - from the old
traditional mountain music of the Appalachians to the Piedmont's rich
blues and jazz traditions. It was in her sixth grade year that
Billie began saving for her first guitar by doing odd jobs and begging
her parents for music lessons. Her parents finally gave into their
daughter's pestering for lessons and it happily grew into a lifelong
passion of music performance and songwriting.
For her senior year in high school, Billie
was accepted into the prestigious music conservatory at The University
of North Carolina School of the Arts in Classical Guitar Performance,
and remained there for her college studies. Billie has been a
guest classical guitarist in The Carolina Wind Symphony, and has been
able to perform all over North Carolina as both a solo artist and in
classical guitar ensembles. After graduating in 2006, Billie
expanded her musical studies by learning the double bass, electric bass,
banjo, and mandolin.
Upon graduation, Billie founded a private
teaching studio in Winston-Salem, NC and began performing upright bass
in several local bands. Most notably, she could be found in the
bo-stevens (a North Carolina honky-tonk band) and The Darnell Woodies
(an old-time Appalachian punk string band). During her tenure in
these bands, Billie was able to tour the United States and Europe.
While in Winston-Salem, she began studying stringed instrument repair
at Separk Music, and eventually was asked to take a position in Chapel
Hill, NC as instrument repair technician at Wes Lamble Guitars.
Upon relocating to Chapel Hill, Billie joined local honky-tonk country
legend John Howie Jr. (of Two Dollar Pistols fame) in his newly formed
band John Howie Jr. and the Rosewood Bluff on both electric and upright
bass. Though this band, she was able to share the stage with
country legend George Jones, contemporaries The Steep Canyon Rangers,
Dexter Romweber, The Backsliders, and several other notable acts.
Her most recent project has been fronting and songwriting for the The
P-90's, a fun spirited punk rock act whose members consist of her former
students. Billie continues to teach and share her love of music
with her students through her private studio and through guest lectures
around the southeast and remains an accomplished songwriter.