William Arthur See, III (born May 12, 1979) is an American musician, author, songwriter, and physician. He is best known for his musical virtuosity in the genre of old-time string band music and currently performs as a member of the Glade City Rounders. He is also the front man and lead guitarist for the rock and roll band, The Jackillacs. The playful pseudonym, Tennessee Bill, was born out of this alter ego and has crept into his barn dance calling ventures.
He is lesser known for an unpublicized career in Pediatrics in which he has advocated for improved healthcare for children in rural areas. He is known to be a voice for southeastern United States culture. He has criticized antiintellectualism, dietary impropriety, and chemical dependence for deteriorating the positive aspects of southern culture.
He grew up in Wilson county Tennessee where his parents worked in Watertown, Tennessee, and during this grammar school period when he immersed himself in old-time music especially the claw hammer banjo techniques native to the area of Middle Tennessee. At the age of four he began to play stringed instruments daily, and was surprisingly self-motivated to do so at a young age according to family friends. His family considered themselves musical and facilitated his early musical aspirations. His mother’s family was from north Alabama share croppers and were participants in the native old-time music culture that developed there. As a youngster William identified as a bearer of this tradition and embraced this musical heritage.
William sites his father and “Buddy” Ingram, a family friend and renowned old-time banjo player and historian, as his early musical influences. By age 7 William was a skilled claw hammer banjo player and by age 10 was entering and consistently winning old-time banjo contests throughout Tennessee and Alabama – Most notably the 1995 Tennessee River Valley Fiddler’s Convention old-time banjo champion at age 15.
At age 14 he began learning the skill of horseshoeing from his maternal grandfather and by age 16 had a farrier service that supplemented his music contest income. At age 17 his parents and younger brother moved to Kentucky for work but William stayed behind. He stayed and attended Middle Tennessee State University and completed a pre-veterinary curriculum as well as a minor in equine science. He was also dating and had become engaged to his future wife Danielle.
In 1998 Danielle received a full scholarship to Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. They expanded the horseshoeing business to include central Kentucky as well as Middle Tennessee and also began to specialize in hoof injury and restoration, particularly the equine hoof disease of laminitis, and the business did very well. However, during this time William had been burdened by a series of mild horse related injuries which led him to join his wife for a degree in human medicine. In 2003 he and his wife were accepted into Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine, now called Kentucky College of Medicine at University of Pikeville. They sold the shoeing business for an undisclosed amount. He completed his medical degree in 2007 and moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma for a medical residency in pediatrics with Oklahoma State University. After completing his training in Tulsa he was asked by his attendings and former teachers to join the Medical Teaching Staff as Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics. In this role he was a teaching attending for pediatric residents at St. Francis Children’s Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma until 2013 when he and Danielle moved back to Middle Tennessee.
Once he had completed his medical training and was now a teaching physician he could resume his musical efforts. For a while he was traveling extensively for music while living in Tulsa but as the demand grew they decided to settle back in Middle Tennessee. He emerged from medical school now able to play guitar and fiddle having set the banjo aside. He joined his childhood influence “Buddy” Ingram as fiddler in The Gallinippers, as well received and critically acclaimed old-time string band. Also, during this time he began writing songs and poems as well as developing an alter-ego for the rock band, The Jackillacs. As a member of the Gallinippers, William met frequent collaborator Joshua F. Smith. See and Smith formed the musical production company, Greenfly Productions. In 2013 William and Josh left the Gallinippers and formed the Glade City Rounders and soon added banjo eccentric Richard “Squirrel” McLain to the roster follow by the infamous Randy Hill on bass.