“Hillman’s lyrics are the terrible things I think, but do not say.”
“The audience was also thrilled with…opening act Bob Hillman, a performer 1/3 Bruce Springsteen, 1/3 Bob Dylan, and 1/3 Conan O’Brien.”
“I’ve never heard of this Mr. Bob Hillman but that song about War & Peace is enough to make you want to pick up War & Peace and start reading it.”
“Opening act Bob Hillman was a bit like a male Suzanne Vega with a wackier sense of humor, a less-tentative Elliott Smith or perhaps a folkie Tenacious D His set was good enough to suggest he may be one indie movie soundtrack away from bigger things.”
“No frills, no soft soap, no funny business – this is all meat-and-potatoes, straight from the gut and done with skill.”
“You can tell from the first note of the aptly names “I Think I’ve Taken Enough S*** From You This Year” that this isn’t going to be your normal folk-rock Bob Hillman record.”
“Lyrics don’t get much smarter and funnier than those in the songs by singer-songwriter…Bob Hillman.”
Recently, when I was in Los Angeles to finish my new album, I stopped by songwriter/sage Peter Himmelman’s house to eat eggs and record a podcast. Actually, I didn’t know we were going to record a podcast, but that’s precisely what we did, and it was an honor.
Cocaine Ruins Everything isn’t a cry for help, but rather the title of a song I wrote based on something David Crosby said on Marc Maron’s podcast. In his view, the sixties were great, but cocaine ruined everything in the 70s. I shot a video of the song – which, by the way, carries Crosby’s official stamp of approval – at a show in Sacramento last May.
It’s hard to explain how pleased I am to announce that my new single, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, premiered recently on the Los Angeles Lakers blog, Silver Screen and Roll. Not only is Magic Johnson my favorite athlete, but his personal journey was essential to my understanding of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Check out the song and a brief interview!
My latest blog post recounts the first of my two European tours with Suzanne Vega in 2002. It was an exciting time, and there are anecdotes to spare! Part 2 will concern the second European tour, which was more challenging in a variety of ways.