For over 5 decades, Bill Powell has been creating smiles and spreading joy with his music for all guests, families and team members at The Alisal! The Western hospitality of the Oak Room and Bill’s magic at the piano has always created a warm and welcoming atmosphere, inspiring guests for dancing and singing. Bill’s roots are deep and personal at The Alisal, having met his wife at the Ranch. Music has an undeniable way to connect all of us! Enjoy Bill’s story below and even a few of his favorites tunes with a special playlist, created exclusively for our guests.
“I have lived the dream! My first association with The Alisal was back in the mid 60’s playing occasional events as a contract piano player. When I became a true employee in 1970, my 50+ years “steady gig” began. I have been blessed with the many long-term friendships with guests as well as staff that I’ve made and still enjoy. I dream about the many late nights spent at the piano for “just one more song”, or for the surprise guest vocalist who found the courage to sing for the Oak Room audience. Many of these nights included surprise visits from local celebrity friends offering their vocal talents, much to the delight of The Alisal guests. This is a joyous memory! The Alisal will always have a special place in my heart and I dream about all the future musicians and vocalists that will bring new life and joy to the returning guests. – Bill Powell
• On the Street Where You Live
• I’ve Got You Under My Skin
• New York, New York