Billy Yearwood


Billy Yearwood performing with the Balladeers at the Readyville Mill.
Photo Courtesy of Ben Blankenship

I took mandolin lessons when I was 7 years old until I was 10 in Nashville, Tennessee and I played in my grade school band. I formed my own band in my teens called, “Billy Yearwood and the Blues Busters.”

At radio station, WGNS, in Murfreesboro I played with “Pee Wee Brown’s Stones River Boys,” and with “Carl Tipton and the Mid State Playboys.” Then I was hired by Wally Fowler of the Oak Ridge Quartet and in 1945 I played a radio station, WNOX, in Knoxville, Tennessee.

I then played with Bob Jennings at WGNS and at WLAC in Nashville

I turned down an offer to play with Kitty Wells and Johnnie Wright (go figure).

Johnny B and the Balladeers
Photo Courtesy of Angela Ford

I have been blessed to play music for many years and with many wonderful people. For over 10 years I played with Ken and Sarah Frizzell at Miller’s Grocery in Christiana and for many years with Junior Parker and the Front Pickers at the Bell Buckle Cafe and on WLIJ Radio of Shelbyville, Tennessee.

I have made two CDs with my longtime friend and picking partner, Harry Smith: Back to Basics and Pickin the Gospell.

I feel very fortunate to have been a part of Johnny B & the Balladeers since March 2011. I so enjoy playing with them at the Readyville Mill every Saturday.