Billy the Kid is a Canadian songwriter who has collaborated with Garth Hudson (The Band/Bob Dylan), Jamie Candiloro (Ryan Adams/Willie Nelson) and Marty Rifkin (Bruce Springsteen).

Her debut EP was produced with Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace), but her first full length was self produced and funded entirely by fans. She traveled across the continent to play fundraisers, anniversaries, birthday parties and private concerts, as well as go camping, white water rafting and rock climbing with fans. The result was the appropriately titled album “Ours”.

One year later, Pettinger was back at it again, with a new album ready to be recorded with her dream producer, Jamie Candiloro of Ryan Adams and the Cardinals. Surprise bundles, birthday presents and fan-requested cover songs helped fund this latest effort, recorded in L.A. and complete with a chance encounter with the Kid’s favourite songwriter, Ryan Adams.

Billy the Kid’s songs have appeared in A&E’s Biography, Miami Ink, American Idol, My 600 LB Life, Gene Simmons’ The Family Jewels, Chelsea Settles, Sweet Home Alabama, 16 and Pregnant, Exes and Ohs, One Angry Juror, Alienated and Canada In The Rough. Most recently her music has been featured in the Showcase science fiction series Continuum and the movie Foreverland featuring Juliette Lewis.

The Kid’s fourth album Horseshoes & Hand Grenades will be available September 2014 through Xtra Mile Recordings on a worldwide release. It was produced by Frank Turner, who also plays on the record along with The Sleeping Souls drummer Nigel Powell. Pre-order the new album here.

For more on the recording of the album, this exclusive video has interviews with Billy and Frank as well as snippets of studio performances – check it out.

Billy is set to tour the UK and Europe in May and June with Hot Water Music frontman Chuck Ragan. All dates are listed here.


“I have a feeling this kid doesn’t know what “impossible” means.”- Alan Cross


“Billy the Kid is an amazing talent.”- Patrick Zulinov, Shore FM


“Her music is the perfect combination of edgy sweetness that ventures into the grittiness of the life in the city.”- Tamara Stanners, The Peak FM


“Precociously gifted.” The Georgia Straight


“One of Canada’s rising stars.” – See Magazine


“Prolific and incredibly talented.” – The Leader-Post


“Billy is a DIY poster girl.” – Vue Weekly


‘Lost – a phenomenon, not a trend.” – The Cambridge Voice


“It’s not enough to say that Billy The Kid is a talented artist. It isn’t enough to say she’s successful. It isn’t even enough to say that Billy and her band of Lost Boys have a stage–presence worth seeing over and over again. Billy the Kid exemplifies the essence of the independent spirit, charisma and inspiration for artists on the rise or for those hoping for the chance to make it that far. ” – Echo Weekly


“Always stood apart from the pack with true street-level integrity, an almost Mennonitish indie-rock work ethic and outstanding musicianship.” – Nerve Magazine


“With her popularity spreading and in no sign of waning, her many musical endeavours are beginning to pay off and no one deserves it more. After a chat with this winsome pixie, it would be difficult to dislike her.” – The Gauntlet Magazine


“I bought her independently produced CD on the spot and have been trying to find out as much as I can about her because I know she is going to be huge one day soon.” Canoe Live


“One of the best female guitarists I’ve ever met.” – The Daily Nar


“(Billy)’s the kind of thorough, do-it-yourself poster girl that will go to hell and back in order to put out a good record.” – Beatroute Magazine


“Bespectacled singer/songwriter and D.I.Y. poster girl Billy the Kid possesses an impressive arsenal, including an enchanting voice, strong musicianship, and well-crafted tunes. Expect Billy to wear her heart on her (tattooed) sleeves.” – A Lawyer


“If you need any inspiration to keep your New Year’s Resolution “I shall cast off the shackles of procrastination and actually do something with myself…” look no further than a young lady who goes by the name of Billy the Kid.” – Chartattack