My Friend Bill

“I don’t make music, I am a musician.”

Today my guest is My Friend Bill, Bill Mather. Bill has been a professional musician for fifty years and shares his experience playing music, entering the professional world, and recovery from alcoholism. I met Bill in my first year of sobriety as someone who idolized rock musicians from the sixties and seventies for both their playing and excesses. He was a great mentor for me to meet.

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If you don’t know the people Bill’s played with, they’re your favorite rock n’ roll artist’s favorite artists, legends:

Buddy Guy

“He is an exponent of Chicago blues and has influenced eminent guitarists including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck, Gary Clark Jr. and John Mayer.”

James Cotton

Branford Marsalis

Big Mama Thorton

Maybe you’ve heard this song

Hubert Sumlin

“a Chicago blues guitarist and singer,[1] best known for his “wrenched, shattering bursts of notes, sudden cliff-hanger silences and daring rhythmic suspensions” as a member of Howlin’ Wolf‘s band.”

James Montgomery Band


Tao Te Ching

Father Thomas Keating “Centering Prayer”