“A stroke of genius . . . Hill has an abundance of talent . . . a great love of the tradition of folk music underpins every song.” – Americana-UK, September 2015
“The songwriting is hands-down brilliant, his lyrics filled with sensitivity and humour. . . . If you thought folk music was simple, think again.” – The Grapevine, July 2012
Adam Hill doesn’t seek out perfection; the world’s too complicated for that. He’s liable to pound random clusters of piano keys with an open palm if it makes music that feels good. Mind you, he’s no slouch on his instrument. He knows his way around a guitar and can saw the heck out of a double bass. It’s just that there’s no out of tune note he won’t sacrifice in the interest of making honest music. Feeling good, of course, doesn’t mean abandoning the song form for jammy jams. His roots-music inflected songwriting has got hooks to it, and he even fiddles old traditional tunes on the bass. But he’ll gamely abandon click tracks and quantization in order to let the music breathe. And he’ll gladly let the rasp and reed into his voice if it tells the story faithfully.
Deeply steeped in music that people have been playing for generations, Adam is an acoustic musician. But not entirely an acoustic musician; the world’s too complicated for that. See, he loves making sound with the simple tools of wood and steel and toughened skin. He’s poured over old Folkways records and jammed on Bill Monroe tunes till sunup. But he has also plugged in, spending more than a few years on the tour circuit with various rock and roll bands. And he’s not afraid to run the piano through a ring modulator. Maybe that comes from his work composing contemporary classical and electro-acoustic music. Recently, he’s even begun translating the music and the act of fiddling onto his cumbersome but commanding upright bass. When all these musical voices come together, the sound is at once familiar and adventurous, rooted and reaching.
Adam’s got four albums of his own out and has played on a dozen other recordings as a band member. He’s toured all over the United States and western Canada, hitting the stages of the River City Bluegrass Festival, the Edge of the World Music Festival, South by Southwest, the National Old-Time Country and Bluegrass Music Festival, Arts on the Fly, and the Tumbleweed Music Festival, among others. His records have been played on radio stations across North America, Europe, and Australia, and his most recent release hit the #8 spot on the national Folk and Roots chart. All this diverse experience, of course, speaks to his grit as a artist. He’s got something to say, and over the years he’s figured out a unique way to say it.
“Beautiful arrangements with well constructed stories that are as unique as they are fascinating. . . . Hill’s flare for spinning a tale is equal to his proficiency with composition.” – Penguin Eggs, Summer 2013
“Hill breaks the ‘singer-songwriter’ stereotype with sheer modesty.” – Boise Weekly, September 2009
“Hill exceptionally integrates folk stylings with modern pop sensibility. It’s a true joy to hear something that grabs you immediately.” – The Dadada, June 2012
“Adam Hill can play lovely americana, and he can wander into the depths of folk experimentalism. . . . his engaging ambition and imagination keep this album well to the good.” – Aiding and Abetting, August 2012
“…and all of these well-crafted tracks hit the target dead center.” – babysue, August 2012
“Three Hundred Miles” live at Billy D’s, Courtenay, BC:
“The Cuckoo” live at the Elevate the Arts Festival:
“He Calls That Religion” live at Cafe Deux Soleils, Vancouver, BC:
“Three Hundred Miles” from Old Paint (2015) :
“French Films” from Two Hands, Tulips (2012) :
“Angeline the Baker” from Them Dirty Roads (2009) :