Mine is just another scene
From the world of broken dreams
And the night life, ain't no good life
But it's my life
The road for full-time musicians is often rocky and full of hairpin curves and sheer cliffs. For every stretch of straight highway, there's a dozen potholes.
For every big success, there are hundreds of talented artists toiling in shadowy neighborhood bars, lounges, and biker dives. The blues and rock and roll lifestyle is aptly described by Willie Nelson's stark and poignant song Night Life—immortalized by BB King, Jimmy Witherspoon, and countless others.
Billy Hagen is an exception. He hit the big time when he was barely out of his teens. His devastating skills as a lead guitarist combined with his uncanny and explosive stage presence propelled him to dizzying heights on a regional level. He did extended stints with the Mel Brown Quartet and Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts, although poles apart musically, the entities are arguably two of the region's most durable, popular and respected bands.