“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.”
As everyone in my orbit knows, I have a song called Valentine’s Day. In fact, it’s my most popular song. Every February 14th, I re-introduce Valentine’s Day in some new form. This year, it’s a live, solo acoustic version recorded in Cologne, Germany when I was on tour with Suzanne Vega in 2002.
I’m thrilled to announce that I will open for The Weepies at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco on May 12th. I played the Poster Room a couple of times in 2017, but haven’t set foot on the main stage since I opened for Suzanne Vega in 2001 and again in 2003 (if you have a sense of humor, I invite you to read the SF Examiner review of the 2001 show). You can look into tickets for here.
Every year – or, at least, for the last two years – I’ve recapped some of my favorite music-oriented reads in the form of a blog post. In 2017, I read/wrote about David Bowie, Bob Marley, Joni Mitchell, Loudon Wainwright III, and the garage-rock revival in early 21st century New York.
For no particular reason, I created a playlist of the songs I’ve been playing over and over. My plan is to update the list whenever a new song enters my consciousness and/or an older one falls out of heavy rotation. You can listen right here, or click over to Spotify; if you Follow the playlist, you can listen along with my musical obsessions.