Billy Flynn conducts blues music programs for Crossroads

Online Staff Report

Crossroads Blues Society hosted a day of Blues In The Schools (BITS) Tuesday, May 15. Guitar player, singer and songwriter Billy Flynn taught and performed for Machesney Park Harlem Middle School in Loves Park in the morning and Mary Morgan Elementary School in Byron in the afternoon.

Crossroads Board Member Rick Davis accompanied Flynn for the sessions, and helped make the day a success. About 350 students were in attendance at each session.

Crossroads has now done 104 school BITS programs for close to 31,000 student in the past 10 years. These programs expose students to the blues, the music uniquely developed in America from which most of today’s music owes its origins.

That evening, after the two school events, Flynn performed at the bar in Leombruni’s Italian Village in Byron, where about 30 fans heard Billy do a couple of sets of tunes in a very intimate setting. Flynn even broke out his mandolin for some hot performances of blues in a very old-time style.

Flynn will return to Byron as part of the Cash Box Kings, who will reprise their performance from 2010 at this year’s Third Annual Byron Crossroads Blues Festival Aug. 25.

The festival features headliner Candye Kane, along with internationally-known acts like the Cash Box Kings and Nick Moss and the Fliptops, along with Madison, Wis., bands The Jimmys and Aaron Williams and the HooDoo.

For more about the festival, BITS or Crossroads Blues Society, contact Steve Jones at (779) 537-4006 or via e-mail at

Posted May 30, 2012

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