St-Petersburg-based quartet Billy's Band was formed in 1999, by bassist Billy Novik, guitarist Andrey Reznikov and bayan player Anton Matezius. Originally named The Billy Dilly's Band after a character in the 1959 song Stagger Lee, the group started out as a covers band, with a repertoire ranging from American hits of the 1960s to Tom Waits songs. Fronted by Novik, the group soon took advantage of the singer's scratchy vocals to focus on a more creative direction. After several small tours of Germany and Russia, the group released a first album, The Parisian Seasons in 2002 and was renamed Billy's Band after being reduced to a trio shortly after. Now a Tom Waits-inspired jazz quartet, with members Andrey Ryzhik on guitar, Anton Matezius on percussions and Mikhail Zydkih on saxophone, The Billy's Band released Flea Market, in 2010.