Bill has been in Bay Area bands since the early 1970s, starting with Slewfoot, produced by Bob Weir. I first met Bill when he was with Heroes with Jerry Miller (a founding member of the legendary Moby Grape).
When punk/new wave hit, I photographed Bill’s ‘way cool band Nu-Models in the early ’80s. Bill had evolved into a premiere producer and songwriter, working with The Lloyds, Chrome Dinette, Vauxhall, and Paul Collins. His songs were being picked up all over the place, including Bob Weir’s Kingfish recording of Bill’s “Home to Dixie.”
Then we worked together again in 1993 on Mystery Tramps, one of Bill’s most unique projects. They did a hip-hop version of Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” getting the only authorized sample of a Dylan line, “How does it feel.” How cool is that, Bob Friggin’ Dylan! Wow.
Bill has recently released a wonderful CD called Crossing The Line, which features six tracks with Jerry Garcia, and an all-star list of players including Jorma Kaukonen and Bob Weir. For all you Deadheads out there, this is a rare gem.
Bill has produced many artists for whom I have done covers and is currently co-producing The Nasty Souls, with Mark “V” Myers and engineer Ross Hogarth (Van Halen).
His credits go on forever, but more importantly, he is a creative and fantastic person. If you are a band in need of the coolest producer around, check out his web sitewww.billcutler.com or on Facebook. You can also catch Bill on the Main Stage at this year’s Haight Street Fair in June, performing songs from Crossing The Line with many of the original players from the album.
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