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A Musical Life

A Musical Life: Billy Carr


Billy Carr is a Wichita-based musician who has played drums in a number of bands including the country music band Sunshine Trucking. He is also the singer-songwriter behind the project Big Plans For Tomorrow.

“In the apartment days of my twenties, which were not very good days for being a drummer, I went to a pawn shop and bought a cheap acoustic just so I had something around the house to work on. Then I slowly started upgrading my equipment and slowly getting more involved in songwriting.

A lot of the early stuff was really influenced by the Bright Eyes records of the early 2000s. Some of the Ryan Adams material. The Shins. Just a lot of three-chord indie pop songs.

I’ve always been more drawn to players who play for song as opposed to anything too flashy or elaborate. Some of that might be based on my own limitations but that’s also where my musical taste lies.

It’s really just a matter of when to lay back and let the song do the work.”