Bill Poss is a songwriter and performer from Effingham, IL who toured North America for two decades - first solo, then with the Ginn Sisters and Fred Eaglesmith. Since moving home to Effingham, IL in 2014, he founded the Moccasin Creek Festival and Poss Music Works NFP. He continues to write songs and book gigs for himself, his duo with his wife JJ LoveSeat and his bluegrass band The High Test String Band. He brings all these acts together in Bill Poss and the Useful Tools, A Variety Show. He also teaches songs to kids, and performs to a wide variety of audiences from children to retirees. 

Comfortable standing my himself telling stories and performing a riveting folk set, or rocking out with his five piece band, Bill Poss cuts a wide path, shifting easily from folk and bluegrass to country and rock. His years on the road have provided him with great fodder for his songs and his stories. The Useful Tools are whoever he is playing with at the time, including full bands ready to play in Effingham, IL, Lawrence, KS, Austin, TX, Denver, CO, Boston, MA and Hamilton, ON

Bill Poss has 5 CDs and a book, the Bill Poss Travelogue, to his name. His most recent CD was "Saltwater", recorded in Lawrence, KS and released in Dec. 2014. Poss' first three CDs, recorded in Austin from 1999-2003 under his full given name, Bill Passalacqua, have just been rereleased as a 2 CD set. Both are available now in the 'Store'. 

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Bill Poss at the CD Release Party for Saltwater at the Stellar Cellar in Effingham, IL, Dec. 2014

Bill Poss at the CD Release Party for Saltwater at the Stellar Cellar in Effingham, IL, Dec. 2014

In addition to Bill's writing, recording and performing, he also runs an annual music festival in Illinois. It's called Moccasin Creek Festival, and it features folk, bluegrass, alternative country, roots rock, and blues - "Americana" music. All in a beautiful outdoor environment, at a beautiful time of year. Click the Moccasin Creek logo at left to view the festival website.
Jun16

Moccasin Creek Festival

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The Stage at Lake Sara, 8724 E Marine Rd. , Effingham, IL

Four days of amazing music! Go to the website for details. John Fullbright Band, Carsie Blanton, Trout Fishing in America, Robbie Fulks Band, The Accidentals, The Mighty Pines, One Way Traffic, much more...