Our guest today is musician Bill Metts. Bill started playing finger-style guitar during the Country Blues revival of the 1960s when he fell in love with the music of Taj Mahal, Mississippi John Hurt, Doc Watson and others of that ilk.
He says just about everything that he’s done since then has been in that down home finger-picking style, which he is a master of I assure you. Bill says he began to understand the power inherent in music while playing at senior centers and nursing homes in Massachusetts. He began more seriously dabbling in the art of songwriting after moving to Florida in 2004. These days he says he mostly uses music for personal enjoyment and to make a little money, but his main focus is to use songs to better our community through the not for profit organization Hope by Song, which helps those whose stories of abuse, addiction, homelessness or PTSD have not yet been heard by inspiring them to tell their stories…the words of which are then used create songs of struggle and hope, which are then used to educate others who might be dealing with similar issues. It’s truly emblematic of the power of music…and just one of the reasons I’ve wanted to get Bill in our guest chair since launching this podcast.