By Danny Burns
Born and raised in Baltimore to a musical family, Bill Evett was surrounded by music in his childhood years. His maternal grandparents were in Vaudeville and his parents, Bill and June, followed in their footsteps as half of The Bill Evett Quartet. His mother, influenced by her time on the road as an entertainer, discouraged him from pursuing a full time career in music. She suggested he acquire a teaching degree and just play music on the weekends.
He eventually took her advice, though it took a few years. When he was playing in a band doing shows along the east coast, he met Betsy, the woman who would eventually become his wife. She also encouraged him to go back to school. She knew that starving for a cause would not satisfy the needs of their soon-to-be family. It took him a few tries to make it through college.
“I dropped out three times ‘cause I’d get a gig and I’d be gone,” said Evett.