Canadian-born singer-songwriter Billy Raffoul is known to crisscross genres, tempos and tones with his unmistakable voice and music.
Fans can expect more of the same when he opens for Parachute at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix on Saturday, June 15.
“Our set is very loud at times and very quiet at others,” says Raffoul, who lives in Nashville.
“Hopefully there will some jokes, but not too many. No one wants to hear me talk too much. But we have some good things going on. We’ve just finished our first light show. I’m really looking forward to the Phoenix show. It’s always a great city and great crowd.”
A month in, the tour has been going well and Raffoul says he believes the most important thing is for the crowd and the musicians to have fun. To him, it’s all about the connection.
“Each night is always different and that is my favorite part about touring; just going to a new city every night and trying to top the previous show,” he explains.
“You never know what the crowd is going to be like and that creates a new experience every time. I like not knowing what is going to happen.”
Raffoul on the road supporting his EP “Running Wild,” the follow-up to his 2018 debut, “1975.” A five-track blend of acoustic ballads, fiery pop and bluesy folk, “Running Wild” was produced by Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys, The 1975) and features collaborations with Grammy Award winner Greg Kurstin (Adele, Paul McCartney) and Julia Michaels (Shawn Mendes, Britney Spears).
“A lot of the songs were recorded at the same time as the ones on ‘1975,’ so it really is a sister or brother EP,” Raffoul says. “Each track is an individual story about personal experience or about my family and friends’ experiences and it gets very personal. I really do care about the songs I’m putting out there and I hope people enjoy them and want to come out and see them live.”
Working with talents like Kurstin and Michaels made the process easier.
“I’ve been so lucky to get that experience with such incredible people,” he says. “I’ve learned so much from them and look forward to making new music with them.”
The first single from “Running Wild” is the free-flowing “Lovely,” a song about missed opportunity. The track was actually inspired by his favorite football team’s playoff loss.
“Nobody wants to hear a romantic track about that, so it turned into meeting someone at a bar or somewhere like that and locking eyes across the room, but never going over to say hi and deeply regretting it.”
Music is in Raffoul’s blood, as his father, Jody Raffoul, led the folk movement in the Windsor-Detroit area. His dad’s success inspired him.
“His work ethic is pretty remarkable,” says Raffoul, who splits his time between Leamington, Ontario, Canada, and Los Angeles. “Seeing him five, six nights of the week working and performing went far for me for sure.”
Looking forward, Raffoul, who has been compared to Jeff Buckley, says he will tour more and possibly release his debut full-length album in the fall. He is grateful for all of the support that people have been showing him and that they continue to come out and see the shows, “It’s awesome and I hope they keep coming out to see us!”
Parachute w/Billy Raffoul, Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Avenue, Phoenix, 602.716.2222, crescentphx.com, 8 p.m. Saturday, June 15, $24-$34.