Posted on Jun.17, 2012
This is the 2nd time the Reverend has been here. Seems this is going to be a regular stop on his way up from Cocoa Beach to the biggests music festival on the east coast “Bele Chere”. Reverend Billy C. Wirtz is a recording artist whose material consists of irreverent comedy routines set to music. His humor is somewhat raunchy, if not offensive, and thus is not normally considered suitable for children. His material often mocks conservative politics and religion. From the moment he sits down at the piano and lights into his Southern old-time gospel and blues with a twist, the six-foot-five-inch, goateed, tattooed tongue-in-cheek “Rev” commands the stage and spreads the “gospel” like nobody’s business. With puns flying as fast as his fingers, the Rev plays masterly boogie-woogie and barrelhouse riffs while holding forth on subjects as diverse as W.W.E.D.? (What Would Elvis Do?), Mennonite Surf Parties, and dubious relationships between people you are terrified that you may actually know. While widely recognized as a humorist, music is his forte. In the early 80s, he shared a walk-up with the late blues legend Sunnyland Slim, learning to appreciate the Blues and to perform it with fervor. A recognized musicologist, Billy has written about music, legendary performers and life on the road for Musician, Keyboard and BluesWax. He is a regular contributor to the Charlotte Observer. Workshops on Blues and/or Gospel Music at festivals and universities have left students clamoring for more.
Read the Reverend’s article he wrote for the Charlotte Observer,
And after all these years, I am playing “Last Date,” on a stage, where Hank Williams, Jimmy Rodgers, Ernest Tubb and countless others, the famous and not-so-famous, have preceded me.
I am at the legendary Capri on Main, in Gaffney, S.C.