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The Billy Riggs Band was established by Billy Riggs a native of Louisville, KY. Billy began playing guitar at the age of 13, and before the end of high school had formed two bands. In 1997 he participated in a National Spotlight Competition for emerging artists at the Dove awards, before leaving music to pursue bachelor's and master's degrees in urban planning. After his debut release in 2003 Billy began to work with Dan Feeney on bass and Carlos Villarreal on drums (whom he met through respective athletic and urban planning endeavors). He has produced award-winning work collaborating with artist Frances England and is related both to, New York / L.A. artist SonLux, and Delhi singer and santoor player, Gaurav Chopra. He holds a PhD in City Planning from UC Berkeley and is a prolific writer and runner.