During his Junior year of college Bill started writing songs and seeing local music regularly. Friends helped him discover Guided by Voices, Built to Spill, and Spoon all became early indie rock influences. He joined a friend’s band that needed a new lead singer and they became Graveline for about 3 years. During this time he met fellow singer-songwriter Shane Bartell who had just returned from Portland, OR. They formed a musical bond that would see them through Shane Bartell’s Loveseat at Ego’s for 4 years and many late night songwriting sessions. Shane Bartell took Bill Davis to Kerrville Folk Festival for the first time in 2002, where he met the band Porterdavis, started a long-time friendship with Daniel Barrett, who would go on to record a couple of Bill’s song on his records.
In 2004, Bill went on a singer-songwriter tour with Adoniram Lipton of Slowtrain and Austin Hartley-Leonard, from Nashville to New York, culminating with a gig at CBGB’s Gallery. Upon returning he met Calvin Russell at the Long Branch Inn open mic/Calvin Russell’s show. Russell recorded “My Money’s on You”, the 2nd track on his last record In Spite Of It All (2005). Bill Davis then proceeded to Host an open mic at Trophy’s for 4 years, while Steadily gigging around Austin with various backing bands/with Andy Keating (guitar) as a musical accomplice. October 2011, Daniel Barrett called Bill Davis, asking when he was making a record and if he could produce it. The members of Slowtrain had already agreed to be the backing band on the record…and then we recorded My Money is on You.