Les Gruff and the Billy Goat is an Americana/Roots Rock band that grew from the solo performing artist Billy Croghan's dude-and-a-guitar act into a straight-ahead Mid-American band. Billy released, “A Cup of Coffee, an Apple, and a Suicide,” in 2013 with a full band lineup that featured a sound more like Cat Stevens than CCR.
The advent of the band's current sound happened when Billy met Tony Compton. The pair were quick friends, drinking buddies, and enablers. They began writing songs together, assembled a 6-piece band, and a new energy took hold. Over the next two years the group became a show to see. Moving from an acoustic folk style to a high energy electric country/rock band, Les Gruff does not shy away from hot guitar licks, tasteful solos or a ripping fiddle line, and has an innate ability to catch and keep an audience rapt.
Les Gruff and the Billy Goat’s latest release, “The Last Night,” is a 13-track collection recorded semi-live in a weekend’s time. What you'll hear, though, shows no lack of time and effort put into these tracks. The music is fully developed and executed with acute attention to detail. From the friendly on-record banter to the vibraslap in "Don't Say my Name," no stone was left unturned.
Les Gruff has been trekking the Midwest, honing its live chops, and making friends for the last year and a half while continuing to work on new material. Where will it go next?