Metropolitan Houston Chapter

Chevron Retirees Association

December 10, 2019

Bill Parish

​​Bill began playing the guitar in 1966 at the age of 15. He played lead guitar

in a rock band during his High School years and in 1970 he formed his own

Country Rock band.  In 1971, he recorded a song called “A Woman" that

reached number 16 on the charts that year. In 1972 he began touring with

his own band, working the night club and Hotel circuits in such places as

Las Vegas, New York, Nashville and Alberta Canada.  From 1975 through

1986 Bill performed with many notable musicians, among whom are

Claude King “Wolverton Mountain”, David Houston “Almost Persuaded”. He

also attended LSU Shreveport completing his BA Degree in 1983. He formed

his own band, The Crawdads, which performed as the opening act for

Merle Haggard and Hank Williams Jr., headlined the Louisiana State Fair and Billy Bob’s Nightclub in Ft. Worth.
In 1986 he played Lead Guitar for Randy Travis and opened for Ray Price. In 1990 he was one of the featured acts on "The Pride of Galveston" which was a Cruise ship that sailed out of Galveston.

During the last 20 years, Bill has performed mainly at night clubs, restaurants, retirement centers and at private functions. Bill plays the electric and acoustic guitar, bass, harmonica, and keyboards. Bill and his wife, Judy, were married in 1983 and now live in Dickinson, Texas.

See and hear samples from Bill's music by clicking on the following links: