“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.”
I’ve been writing songs more or less non-stop since the mid-1990s but only released fifty. I have a lot of extras in the vault! With an eye toward mining that backlog, I’m going to release a bunch of singles in 2018. The first two were produced by Rick King in his living room in Lafayette, CA.
My newest song was inspired by the last soccer game of the season, which – in the opinions of some – was not well-officiated. For the record, this song is NOT precisely autobiographical.
My latest blog post concerns The Bottom Line, the legendary New York music venue where I discovered a bunch of great artists in the mid-late 90s, including Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark.
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.