Community Life - Cleburne, TX June/July 2020 - Page 27

Bill Sibley, right, and Bill Hudson in Memphis for the International Blues Challenge, an annual event that draws musicians from all over the world. came to music. “I had a heart attack when I was 47 and started playing guitar just to kind of relax more than anything,” Sibley said. “I just kind of got things off the internet. You can get those tabs off the internet for songs and I would just watch and learn you know. It gave me something to do to relax is all and so yeah, I taught myself. But, when you get in the music business and get to playing around other people they’ll show you, you know, don’t do this and do that and that kind of stuff, and that helps. “I’ve always been, in anything I’ve ever done, construction or anything, been real good on taking peoples’ advice. I like stealing stuff off their brain. Cause that’s how you learn. I’ve been around people who don’t like people telling them what to do. I like it because I can take it and use it or throw it away.” Though Waxahachie born, Sibley’s called Cleburne home since the fifth grade. “I mean I always had a thing for music as a kid but didn’t really, never really thought about it till later,” Sibley said. “I always liked blues, but was more rock Steppenwolf and, yeah, the Rolling Stones. I was more a Rolling Stones guy than the Beatles.” “Wrote my first song in probably 2014, that was it. That’s when I knew that’s what I wanted to do. Then I won the Texas Troubadour Songwriter of the Year Award in 2015.” — Bill Sibley Pretty much off of them, Sibley replies, when asked his favorite Stones’ song before finally settling on “Honky Tonk Woman.” “One of the first albums I ever had was Steppenwolf, remember that one?” Sibley said before singing a few lines of “Born To Be Wild.” “Man I listened to that thing over and over. “But I liked all kinds of music. I liked the Beatles, a lot of their stuff. My dad worked for Capitol Records and got us a copy of ‘Meet the Beatles’ before it came out in America. I remember looking at the cover and thinking, ‘Man, who are these guys?’” Thinking back, Sibley remembers that he was slightly musical after all. “I played a little harmonica when I was real young,” Sibley said. “But I didn’t even know to use different keys. I just played. And people really liked it. But when I started smoking I quit playing. But now I play guitar and harmonica at the Community Life 27