March 30, 2011
Free Transcriptions Available!
Please email me for music and tablature to:
"Myrtle" - from my first CD, "Unravel'd" (also a youtube clip - click on videos and scroll down)
"Scooter Pie" - a song in Open C tuning from my second CD, "A Turn In the Road"
"Hittin' On All Six" - new music from my latest CD, "The Return Journey"

April 1, 2011
My wife Nancy's artwork, made from musical instruments destroyed in last year's flood (including my Galloup guitars) is up for auction starting today through the month of April. Proceeds benefit uninsured musicians. Go to and place your bid!

Her piece is called, "Corner of Cowan and the Cumberland, #1"

Aug. 26, 2011
The Sept. 16th Grand Marais, MN gig is a Mountain Stage Radio Show at North House Folk School. I'll be there with Kathy Mattea and also backing up an Irish singer named Cathie Ryan. That morning I'll be teaching a Guitar Skills Workshop at NHFS. The following evening I'll take part in an in-the round concert. Go to for details.

Nancy will also be at NHFS on Sept. 16th, teaching an all day bookmaking class.

Sept. 20,2011
New Video!
Click on "videos" and scroll all the way down to see me playing my new Bryan Galloup guitar on a new tune called "Bearclaw Blues."

Nov. 2, 2011
A couple days ago, I was in the house band for a BBC TV taping at the Country Music Hall of Fame. "Rabbie and the Nashville Lassies" pairs Nashville singers Suzy Bogguss and Beth Nielson Chapman with Scottish singers Cathie Ann McPhee and Laura McGhee, singing the songs of Robert Burns. The show turned out great and I hope it eventually will air in the US. As of now, it is scheduled to air Jan. 25, 2012 in the UK.

Fingerstyle 360
A new digital magazine devoted to fingerstyle guitar players has launched at:
And I'm on the cover of the first issue! There is an interview and a song from "The Return Journey" is featured. Please check it out.

May 9, 2013
I have a cut on Kathy's new album, "Calling Me Home." Nashville Musician Magazine writes in their review of the record: "Bill Cooley's lovely instrumental 'Requiem for a Mountain' closes the album. Shifting between major and minor keys, it perfectly encompasses the complex range of feelings evoked by the record as a whole. Cooley is also one of two acoustic guitarists featured on 'Calling Me Home.' The backing band is a Who's Who of contemporary acoustic music (including Byron House, Stuart Duncan and Tim O'Brien, for starters.) Harmony vocalists include Patty Loveless and Alison Krauss."

May 10, 2013
Please visit my wife's website at:
to check out her art and upcoming projects.

June 18, 2013
New transcription offered!
"Morning Poem" from The Return Journey CD is now available (notation + TAB.) Just email me to have it sent to you - free of charge.

Oct. 24, 2013
Another new transcription!
"Bear Claw Blues" from the video section of this website is now transcribed and available for free.
Just email your request and I'll send along the pdf file.

Dec. 31, 2013
I've shut down the P.O. Box, since no one sends orders via snail mail anymore. You can, of course, still order CDs via Pay Pal on the ALBUMS page and send correspondence through the EMAIL link. And Happy New Year!

May 25, 2014
Please check out the new videos I did for L.R. Baggs, makers of the pickup systems I use in my acoustic guitars. There are a couple on their video page and a couple more on the artist page. And a Kathy Mattea video on there, as well. Go to:

Tour Dates

Dec 14, 2014
Benton Harbor, MI - Mendel Center Lake Michigan College

Dec 20, 2014
Minneapolis, MN - Orchestra Hall

Dec 13, 2014
Cedarburg, WI - Cedarburg PAC

More tour dates...



More photos...

Bill Cooley's "The Return Journey"

Available now in the Albums section!