Vintage Blues magazine has said of Billy, "He sings with no boundaries and literally picks his ass off."
The fifth CD "A Better Man" was produced by Grammy Award winning producer Tony Braunagel. Currently drumming for Robert Cray. The lineup includes members of Little Feat, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt and Joe Cocker with Thompson on guitar and vocals, Braunagel on drums, Johnny Lee Schell adds guitar and sings backing vocals and is joined by bassists Hutch Hutchinson and Kenny Gradney. Also, Mike Finnigan on keys with the Texacali Horns.
"A Better Man" receives airplay nationally, abroad and was "Blues Breaker of the Week on House of Blues Radio with Dan "Elwood" Aykroyd the week of 3/5/2011.