On any given night, there’s a good chance that Billy Hector is performing at someNew Jersey nightclub. And if that is so, there is aneven better chance that he’s doing something dazzling.
The singer-songwriter-guitarist — originally from Orange but based onthe Shore for most of his career — has been amainstay of the state’s blues-rock scene since the ’70s, developing a devoted following with his fiery playing, earthy singing and simply eloquent songwriting. Below is his heartfelt home-state anthem, “Back to Jersey,” from his 2002 album, Busy Man.
“New York is great, man, I gotta unwind/Get back home, get some peace of mind,” he sings in one verse, “Subway’s crazy, the whole world’s in such a hurry/I took the PATH train south, went back home to Jersey.”
New Jersey celebratedits 350th birthday from Sept. 2014 to Sept. 2015. Andin the 350 Jersey Songs series, we markedthe occasion by posting 350 songs — one a day, for almost a year — that have something to do with the state, its musical history, or both. The complete list is here.