He earned his stripes in the rock & roll trenches, playing lead guitar for many years with Jersey icon, Southside Johnny. He has also shared the stage with music legends; Little Steven, Gary US Bonds and Steven Tyler, to name a few.
The Billy Walton Band grew out of this rich musical heritage, and found its groove when Billy connected with bassist William Paris. With the addition of Tom Petraccaro on sax, Eric Safka on Hammond B3, Bruce Krywinski Jr on trumpet, Destinee Monroe guit/vox and Shane Luckenbough on drums; the band has truly hit its stride. Their efforts met with immediate interest from the fertile British Blues scene, leading to multiple successful tours across Europe and eastern United States.
They have a solid, dedicated fan base which is growing quickly. In addition to blues rock fans, the jamband scene has also embraced the band – hungry for their high-energy live shows.
Lee Ainley’s Blues Storm – A rising force in soulful rock blues. Fronted by an unusual pairing of mother and daughter, this musical powerhouse brings you original tracks with sounds firmly rooted in blues and classic rock history.
The unique vocal pairing of Lee Ainley and Tori Mai showcases tight harmonies wrought from close family bonds and a solid musical pedigree. These unstoppable ladies create the feel of the music with their song writing artistry. On lead guitar is the raw edgy Elliot Young, who also drops his song writing prowess into the mix. The engine of the rhythm section growls along with the skilful David Atkin on drums. Locking in with David is Jon Hill on bass. The sum of two vibrant young talents and three mellow experienced veterans make this band able to look to the future as well as back in time.