“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.”
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.
I wrote The Surfing Life for my friend Josh at the behest of his wife, Hope. Surfing has been a big part of Josh’s life, but these days work and family compete for and often monopolize his time. There’s nothing wrong with that – he’s mostly not complaining! – but surfing, cycling, and other semi-solitary athletic activities retain their head-clearing, perspective-shifting power. As a side note, I stole the title from a great Tim Robinson song with his permission.
On December 2nd at 8pm, I’ll be playing a few songs at promoter/friend KC Turner’s annual all-day event at the Bazaar Café in San Francisco. I can vouch for quite a few of the performers, and KC can vouch for the rest! It’s a concert but also a celebration of community; drop by if you’re in the neighborhood.
Here’s the lineup:
Jaeger & Reid
Low Flying Birds
Nina Jo Smith
Emily Scott Robinson
The Welcome Matt
I’m working slowly but surely on a recording project with the New York guitar player who calls himself Spooky Ghost. Among many other things, he’s known for creating “haunting” soundscapes. That’s a brilliant pun, obviously, but also a hint as to the direction of our collaboration.