Billy's "Fresno Rodeo", garnered him attention in the Western U.S., which resulted in Billy's performance on the Country Music Association of Texas' Awards Show. The title track "Big Time Fresno Rodeo" was nominated by Casey Tibbs for a Heritage Award for the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. "Big Time Fresno Rodeo" is wonderfully produced and Chernoff's vocal is as pleasing and comfortable as that of an old friend. It's good travelling music for going up and down the road. It's music to think to and music to think about.
A native of Grand Forks, British Columbia, Billy draws from a rich background of experiences - grooming and exercising race horses, rough-necking in the Alberta oil fields, riding bareback horses, clowning and working barrel in Oregon and Nevada.
Billy is more than a studio musician/artist, and his music can adapt readily to a guitar-vocal around the campfire. He writes about rodeo cowboys, circuit-riding cowboy preachers, singing evangelists and songs about the human condition of love won and love lost. His music evokes images of our higher inner-selves, and can be like a cool calming breeze on a really hot day.
Sometimes the music business can take the music right out of an artist. But for Billy Chernoff, the music is an element so vital to who he is, that he continues to perform his art for the music's sake.
Billy W. Chernoff didn't bury his talent, nor did he make it dependent on money or business deals. His art is a true expression of the gift God gave him, and it only gets better as time and life weave their stories into the heart of the music.