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Big Star engineer Billy Lawson was born and raised in the Muscle Shoals area of Northwest Alabama in a little town called Zip City. His next door neighbor was studio musician, Junior Lowe, who played on some of the early R&B classics by artists such as Percy Sledge, Wilson Pickett, Clarence Carter and Aretha Franklin. When Billy was nine or ten years old, Junior would let him sit in and sing with his band at the Ponderosa Club on the Alabama-Tennessee state line. This club was owned by W.R. Morris, the author of a biography on the legendary Tennessee Sheriff Buford Pusser, which was later made into a motion picture titled “Walking Tall.” W.R. still likes to brag about being the first person to “discover” Billy’s talent.

Another friend of the family who influenced Billy was Carl Montgomery, the co-author of the truck driver hit “Six Days on the Road.” Carl was the brother of Earl “Peanut” Montgomery, writer of 38 singles and over 70 songs by George Jones, and also brother to Melba Montgomery, star of the Grand Ole Opry.

Billy knew three chords on his Silvertone and could sing along with Charley Pride, Buck Owens and Merle Haggard by the time he entered grade school. Wherever there was live music, that’s where you could find Billy soaking it all up like a hungry sponge.

After high school Billy started working the Alabama-Tennessee state line club and dance hall circuit with his band. One night Larry Hamby a CBS representative came to a Muscle Shoals Club and signed Billy “on the spot” to an album deal on Epic records. The legendary Sam Phillips of Sun Records fame was there that night to put in a good word. But, as luck would have it, Billy’s key man at Epic was moved to the West Coast and put in charge of the Pop and Rock division of the label. Along with several other acts, Billy was lost in the shuffle. Meanwhile, Muscle Shoals film maker Tonya Holley was casting for Orion Pictures. She had Billy to come down and audition in Selma, AL, for an up-coming movie starring Jessica Lange, Tommy Lee Jones and Powers Boothe. Billy and his band got the part and Jessica Lange got an Oscar for best actress in “Blue Sky.”

During all of these experiences, Billy continued to write songs--songs that were good enough to get the attention of Sony/Tree publisher and producer, Don Cook. Don signed him one week and by the next week, Billy had cuts on three major artists. Within a little over a year Billy had two..#1 hits...”Learning As you Go” by Rick Trevino and “I Left Something Turned On At Home” by Trace Adkins also “Irresistible You” A..#20 by Ty England.
Billy's song "He Ain't Even Cold Yet" recorded by Gretchen Wilson was played in an episode of HBO's The Sopranos.

Billy was one of the 14 John Rich handpicked songwriters for CMT/VH1's "Gone Country" Hosted by John Rich & Starring Bobby Brown, Maureen McCormick, Jermaine Jackson, Taylor Dayne, Sisqo, Shelia E, Dee Snyder, Diana DeGarmo, Carnie Wilson & Julio Iglesias Jr.

Songs written by Billy Lawson have been recorded by: Blake Shelton, T.G. Sheppard, Chalee Tennison, Mel McDaniel, John Anderson, Lonestar, Daryle Singletary, Lee Ann Womack, Daron Norwood, Shenandoah, Delbert McClinton, Confederate Railroad, George Strait, Sammy Kershaw, Lori Morgan, Tim McGraw, Travis Tritt, Ken Mellons, Gretchen Wilson, Ty England, Charley Pride, Bryan White, Oak Ridge Boys, Ronnie Milsap, Rick Trevino, Trace Adkins, Angela Hacker, Zac Hacker, Billy Bob Thornton, Kenny Rogers, Jermaine Jackson, Taylor Dayne, Maureen McCormick "Marsha Brady", Tyler Dickerson, Gene Watson and Alison Krauss etc.

Currently recording, mixing and mastering country icon Sammy Kershaw.


Big Star Studio Clients

Bo Roberts
Coby Greer
Darryl Worley
Debbie Bond
Earl Peanutt Montgomery
Jackson Nance
Jimmy Johnson(Muscle Shoals Swamper)
Jo Billups
Josh Brannon Band
Mallory Johnson
Michael Curtis
Sammy Kershaw
T Bone Montgomery
Tracy Pyle


Big Star Engineers

Billy Lawson - other engineers include Jerry Masters and Steve Melton


Big Star Equipment List

1. Matched pair of Vintage Neumann U87's
2. 1 Fred Cameron Modded Neumann Tube U86
3. (2) Shure sm81's
4. Beta 52
5. (3) Audix 20D
6. (2) Shure SM7's
7. Rode Tube Classic 2
8. (2) Rode NT1's
9. Rode NT2
10. Shure SM57's
11. Rode NT1000
12. AKG 414
13. Vintage AKG c451e
14. AKG c451b
15. (2) Sennheiser e609
16. Avantone CV12 Modded to C12
17. RCA & Avantone Ribbon Mics
18. (2) Audio-Technica Pro 37R
19. Hammond C3 and 122 Leslie
20. Well Maintained 1959 9' Baldwin Concert Grand Piano
21. (9) channels of Millennia Mic Pres
22. (2) Channels of Langevin Manley Mic Pres
23. SCA Neve Mic Pre
24. SCA API 512 Mic Pre
25. Avalon 737sp
26. (2) Vintage LA3A's Compressors
27. 1962 Altec 436c Tube Compressor
28. Vintage DBX 165A
29. Pro Tools 10
30. 42" Monitor
31. (2) Event 20/20 bas
32. Hearback Headphone System
33. Fostex and Sennheiser Phones
34. Tama Drums with Zildjian k series cymbals and Sabian Hi Hats
35. Joe Meek VC5 Meequalizer
36. Joe Meek VC6 Meek Box
37. PreSonus StudioLive 32.4.2 console


Big Star Musicians include . . .

Albert "Junior" Lowe
Bob Wray
Brad Guin
Dave Crenshaw
David Hood
Debbie Bond
Donny Carpenter
Jamie McFarlane
Jason Fowler
Jerry Masters
Jimmy Johnson
Kim Tibbs
Marty Lewis
Mike McGuire
Milton Sledge
Rachel & Carla Edwards
Rick Asherson
Spooner Oldham
Steve Vickery
Taylor Cheatwood
Wayne Walker
Will McFarlane