Billy Prine plus Juliet Simmons Dinallo & Michael Dinallo

Wed, May 01 2019, 8:00pm - $10 - Tickets

Doors open at 7 pm.

Billy Prine, younger brother of singer-songwriter legend John Prine and a tremendous talent in his own right, started playing in garage bands when he was 13 years old. Born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, he continued playing music all through high school and he began performing locally. According to Billy he, "really started taking it seriously" when he moved to California in 1979 and started a band called Whiplash and the Lawsuits.

After playing the northern California circuit for a few years, Billy returned to the Windy City and started a band called Billy and the Bangers in the mid/late 80's. Billy honed his craft playing the clubs in Chicago and even hosted a cable television show called "Rockin' Prine." After his family moved to Nashville in 1993, Billy followed and worked behind the scenes in the music business until recently when he brought his "bigger-than-life presence" and booming voice back to the stage in Music City.

His first CD includes three original songs and some classics from friends and legends in the music business, along with the musical stylings of several world-class musicians. A natural born entertainer, Billy enjoys living and working in Nashville and performs regularly with his band, The Billy Prine Band.

Juliet Simmons Dinallo & Michael Dinallo: Singer-songwriter Juliet Simmons Dinallo - Boston Roots and Cowgirl Boots.  All the way from Nashville to Memphis, and beyond, Dream Girl is the evolution of Juliet Simmons Dinallo’s singing, songwriting, and journey that began with 2013’s No Regrets on Tree-O-Records. Born in North Carolina, Juliet grew up in Maine and came of age as a musician in Boston.  She recently moved to east Nashville, and these experiences have influenced her songwriting, singing and performance style, giving everything she does a unique expression. Juliet studied music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she landed a spot on the world-renowned Berklee Gospel Choir. Immersing herself in the eclectic Boston music scene served as the springboard for her first foray into writing the songs that would make up her debut record No Regrets.  Janet Goodman wrote this about No Regrets in Music City News, “Being compared by critics to Lucinda Williams and making the CMA CloseUp Magazine’s “Who New To Watch in 2013” list have got to be hard to live up to, but Juliet and the Lonesome Romeos do that with their debut album No Regrets. The final track here is her finest moment – the waltz ‘Learn To Love Again’ – where she must dip into someplace deep for such longing in her performance.  Not since Deana Carter’s ‘Strawberry Wine’ has ¾ time deserved a spot back on contemporary radio playlists.” 

Touring, especially through the South, brought Juliet in close contact with sounds, ideas, visuals, and everyday life – both around her and experiences of her own - that would inform and inspire the songwriting on Dream Girl.  As Edd Hurt writes in the liner notes toDream Girl, “Juliet Simmons Dinallo and Michael Dinallo, who collaborated on three of the songs here (Juliet wrote the rest) sound as though they’re in love with the music of the South, but they’re also in love with the possibilities of transition that soul music has always laid out so eloquently.”

Producer-guitarist Michael Dinallo grew up in Ohio, moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music, and recently relocated to Nashville in 2017.  As bandleader for The Radio Kings, who made two records for Icehouse Records in Memphis (including Live at B.B.King’s), and The Mercy Brothers, he has traveled the world. Turning to producing artists in the early 2000’s, Michael has produced Norwegian singer-songwriter William Hut’s gold and platinum awarded album Nightfall along with two number one singles for Universal Music Group; continued his affiliation with Memphis by producing Eddie Floyd’s return to Stax Records and Feel Like Going Home: The Songs of Charlie Rich for the Phillips Family and Memphis International Records; Juliet Simmons Dinallo’s Dream Girl on BFD/Sony RED among many others.  Since relocating to Nashville, Michael has started the popular revue Crooked Road Songs (based on the idea of his 2017 EP Crooked Road Songs on Black Rose Records, dist. by Select-O-Hits in Memphis), received Best of 2018 honors in The Nashville Scene.

Michael Dinallo and Juliet Simmons Dinallo are following in the rich tradition of Nashville husband/wife musical duos.  They are currently touring supporting Juliet’s new album Dream Girl which has received rave reviews such as this from respected Americana scribe Lee Zimmerman in Country Standard Time:  "Juliet Simmons Dinallo draws on a variety of influences - Shelby Lynne, Dusty Springfield and Emmylou Harris all play out among them - but given her sweet caress and compelling stance, it's all but impossible to think of anyone other than Dinallo herself when listening to this utterly alluring album.  In short, consider this an album for the ages.”