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Crazy Mountain Billies is the alias used by American multi-instrumental musician A.P. Bormes to describe the full band sound created by the solo performer. The music is created by taking hand percussion and electric bass- and pre-recording tracks which are then performed over with vocals and a wide range of acoustic instruments (most notably banjo and guitar). The sound is a deviated form of bluegrass which has been described as Hardgrass and has become a genre entirely of its own. One of the the very first tracks was recorded with a loop pedal and an 8-track outdoors in the woods of Black Hills, South Dakota before A.P. Bormes moved to Hollywood, CA to study Audio Engineering and begin recording the first two albums. Crazy Mountain Billies is the alias used by American multi-instrumental musician A.P. Bormes to describe the full band sound created by the solo performer. The music is created by taking hand percussion and electric bass- and pre-recording tracks which are then performed over with vocals and a wide range of acoustic instruments (most notably banjo and guitar). The sound is a deviated form of bluegrass which has been described as Hardgrass and has become a genre entirely of its own. One of the the very first tracks was recorded with a loop pedal and an 8-track outdoors in the woods of Black Hills, South Dakota before A.P. Bormes moved to Hollywood, CA to study Audio Engineering and begin recording the first two albums.
-After two years in the city it was time to get back out in the mountains so A.P. Bormes moved to Montana and completed the records as a double release in 2009 and named the band after the Crazy Mountain range which inspired much of the work. Shortly thereafter ''Badlands II" was recorded and released in February 2010. Then A.P. Bormes moved back to South Dakota to record ''Badlands III'' inside a log cabin (naming the series after the rugged badlands country of the midwestern prairies) and released the record in April 2011. C.M.B. spent the remainder of the year touring the U.S. before going back into the log cabin studio to record the album ''Hit Like A Hammer" which is currently being released, while C.M.B. is back in the studio recording a new E.P.+After two years in the city it was time to get back out in the mountains so A.P. Bormes moved to Montana and completed the records as a double release in 2009 and named the band after the Crazy Mountain range which inspired much of the work. Shortly thereafter ''Badlands II" was recorded and released in February 2010. Then A.P. Bormes moved back to South Dakota to record ''Badlands III'' inside a log cabin (naming the series after the rugged badlands country of the midwestern prairies) and released the record in April 2011. C.M.B. spent the remainder of the year touring the U.S. before going back into the log cabin studio to record the album ''Hit Like A Hammer" which was released March 31, 2012- while C.M.B. is back in the studio recording a new E.P.
All of the C.M.B. material is self-recorded, produced, written, performed, mixed and mastered. The instruments used include: 5 and 6 string banjo, 5 string bass, acoustic guitar, mandolin, slide guitar, classical guitar, autoharp, jaw-harp, harmonica, tin whistle, washboard, vibraslap, shakers, cabassa, tambourine etc... All of the C.M.B. material is self-recorded, produced, written, performed, mixed and mastered. The instruments used include: 5 and 6 string banjo, 5 string bass, acoustic guitar, mandolin, slide guitar, classical guitar, autoharp, jaw-harp, harmonica, tin whistle, washboard, vibraslap, shakers, cabassa, tambourine etc...

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"Incredible banjo and vocals make this local youngster a treat for the ears." - Rapid City Journal "Crazy Mountain Billies are just crazy, man. Crazy ..." - Portland Weekly Volcano "The one man Line-up works for his brand of bluegrass; instead of monotonous jamming his songs overflow with real melodies on multiple instruments. His unique vocals also are worthy of praise." - Big Western Flavor “… the one-man-band better known as Crazy Mountain Billies, is a force of nature on the banjo!” - Rapid City Cultural Trends Examiner Crazy Mountain Billies is the alias used by multi-instrumental musician and producer A.P. Bormes to describe the sound of a full ensemble that is created by the solo performer in the studio. The C.M.B. sound utilizes acoustic folk insturmentation with elements of mountain bluegrass musical style at its foundation, and then takes it out of that dimension entirely. "I can say with absolute certainty that I have rarely heard anything quite like the Crazy Mountain Billies... the playing is exceptional from this multi-talented multi-instrumentalist... all of the elements of Bluegrass, but without being classifiable as being part of that genre…"-American Roots UK. Crazy Mountain Billies was established in Montana, and now resides in Colorado. Currently the artist is performing live and arranging new songs for a planned upcoming double album release. All of the C.M.B. material is self-recorded, produced, written, performed, mixed, etc... The instruments used include: 5 and 6 string banjo, 5 string bass, acoustic guitar, mandolin, slide guitar, classical guitar, autoharp, jaw-harp, harmonica, tin whistle, washboard, vibraslap, shakers, cabassa, tambourines etc... After departing Hollywood, CA and finishing audio engineering school in 2008-2009, A.P. Bormes crossed country to Montana and a recording studio was temporarily established to track the first two albums- a double release: "Don't Move Or I'll Shoot/Badlands" inspired by the rugged terrain and lifestyle of the midwest and Rocky Mountain backcountry. Shortly thereafter ''Badlands II" was also recorded and then released August 1, 2010. Then A.P. Bormes went down to the Black Hills of South Dakota and recorded ''Badlands III'' inside a remote log cabin and released the record April 15, 2011. C.M.B. spent the remainder of the year touring the Western U.S. and eventually went back into the studio to record the album ''Hit Like A Hammer" (released May 31,2012) as well as "Burn Down The Mountain" [E.P.] (released Nov. 22, 2012). Several music videos were also shot and released during this period.