Recorded with Sonobeat circa 1975
No commercial releases on Sonobeat Records
Rick Dinsmore tells us his name at the beginning of a tape we find in an unmarked box in the Sonobeat archives. He gives the date as July 11th, but he doesn't mention the year (we've made an educated guess that it's 1975). He tells us the song is his original composition and is about a friend named "Bill"; hence, the title. The recording's instrumentation is sparse: just standard guitar and electric bass accompanying Rick's story song about a man, a bar, a dancer, and a gun. This story doesn't end well.
Rick, whose recording career begins in Los Angeles in the early '70s, moves to Austin in the mid-'70s, where almost immediately he performs and is a winner at the 1975 Kerrville Folk Festival. Sonobeat co-founder and producer Bill Josey Sr. (who we're absolutely certain is not the "Bill" who's the subject of the song) records Rick, in all likelihood, to help him enter the Folk Festival, which is run by Bill's friend Rod Kennedy. Bill previously has helped singer/songwriter Michele Murphy apply to and prepare for her performance at the 1973 Kerrville Folk Festival. Although there's no clear documentary evidence in the Sonobeat archives, we're pretty sure Rick records at Bill's Blue Hole Sounds recording studio just outside Liberty Hill, Texas, 35 miles north of Austin.
Rick returns to Los Angeles in the '90s but now lives in Georgetown, Texas, where he performs and records with Jocelyn Callard under the name Dinsmore-Callard.
Rick Dinsmore: guitar and vocals
Uncredited musician: bass
Bill (Rick Dinsmore) ♣ 2:48
Recorded at Sonobeat's Blue Hole Sounds, Liberty Hill, Texas, circa 1975
Recording equipment: Sony ECM22 electret condenser microphones, Dokorder 7140 quarter inch 4-track tape deck, custom 16-channel 4-bus mixing console, Fairchild Lumiten 663ST optical compressor, Blonder-Tongue Audio Baton 9-band stereo graphic equalizer, custom steel plate stereo reverb, Ampex 681 tape stock