Bill Poss is a songwriter and performer from Effingham, IL who has been touring North America for two decades - first solo, then with the Ginn Sisters and Fred Eaglesmith.

Comfortable standing my himself telling stories and performing a riveting folk set, or rocking out with his five piece band, Bill Poss cuts a wide path, shifting easily from folk and bluegrass to country and rock. His years on the road have provided him with great fodder for his songs and his stories. The Useful Tools are whoever he is playing with and there are full bands ready to play in Effingham, IL, Lawrence, KS, Austin, TX, Denver, CO, Boston, MA and Hamilton, ON

Bill Poss has 5 CDs and a book, the Bill Poss Travelogue, to his name. His most recent CD was "Saltwater", recorded in Lawrence, KS and released in Dec. 2014. Poss' first three CDs, recorded in Austin from 1999-2003 under his full given name, Bill Passalacqua, have just been rereleased as a 2 CD set. Both are available now in the 'Store'. 

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Bill Poss at the CD Release Party for Saltwater at the Stellar Cellar in Effingham, IL, Dec. 2014

In addition to Bill's writing, recording and performing, he also runs an annual music festival in Illinois. It's called Moccasin Creek Festival, and it features folk, bluegrass, alternative country, roots rock, and blues - "Americana" music. All in a beautiful outdoor environment, at a beautiful time of year. Click the Moccasin Creek logo at left to view the festival website.

Previous events


Bill Poss & Firebox: Together at Last!

Main Street Multiplex, Main St., Casey, IL

A Grapevine promo event bringing together a bluegrass songwriter (Bill Poss) with his picking heroes, Firebox. Hilarity ensues. $10


Bill Poss and Chain Station!

Loveland Ski Area

This was a blast last year! Here we go again.


Brock Zeman Tiny Concert

Village Wine and Spirits, 109 S. Banker, Effingham, IL 62401

Bill Poss Tiny Concerts presents Brock Zeman with his stellar guitar slinger Blair Hogan from rural Ontario. Think Tom Waits, Todd Snider, acoustic Beck. $10 adv./$12 at the door.


America's Groove Grand Opening: Bill Poss

America's Groove, Village Square Mall, Effingham, IL

I'll be playing in the afternoon, other artists will be there as well. This is also my 'Vinyl Release Party' for my Saltwater record. Come and git it!


Bill Poss Songwriting Workshop

Effingham Public Library, 200 N. 3rd St. , Effingham, IL

Bill Poss will lead participants in a songwriting workshop. One hour of talking about songwriting, one of hour of writing, one hour of sharing songs and discussion. 1-4 p.m.