Andy Hill & Renee Safier & Hard Rain

Andy Hill & Renee Safier & Hard Rain

 Redondo Beach, California, USA
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Neo-Folk-Rock band with emphasis on great lyrics and melodies. Andy and Renee provide a much needed connection with live music to their audiences, whether in an intimate House Concert or at a large festival. Playing as duo or with their band, Hard Rain, their music never fails to move you...your feet, your heart, or, most often, both.

Biography

ANDY HILL & RENEE SAFIER

Since a chance meeting at the University of Denver, Canadian Andy Hill and his singing partner Renee Safier have carved out a unique musical niche for themselves in the Los Angeles music scene (and beyond). Their performances more than two-hundred a year are as much social gathering as musical event. Part fan family reunion, part rock & roll tent revival, their incomparable live shows attract a large, enthusiastic, and fiercely loyal group of fans.
As a songwriter, Andy Hill is a student of the folk and rock classics Van Morrison, The Band, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and it shows. Boundary-pushing use of the language, sweeping vocal harmonies, unforgettable melodic content, and tightly crafted arrangements are all hallmarks of his writing and producing style. As one reviewer said of Renee, "...Safier's voice oft drips with an aching sensitivity filtered through delicate beauty and a fragility that would break and disappear in less capable hands....
Andy & Renee, along with their band Hard Rain, have taken their unique sound and multi-instrumental skills (as well as being riveting vocalists, they both play guitars and keyboards) to venues large and small all over the world. Local Southern California highlights include House of Blues and the El Rey Theatre in Hollywood, and the Hermosa Beach Civic Center. They have also played at the Telluride Blues Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, Napa Valley Folk Festival, Sierra Songwriters Festival, and the Winery Music Awards in the US. Internationally they have played at the Bob Dylan Festival in Alba, Italy, The Fronge at the cork Jazz Festival in Ireland and at China's largest music festival in Nanning, China. In July 2013, their PBS Concert Special, filmed at the ATLAS Black Box Theatre at the University of Colorado, Boulder won an Emmy on Rocky Mountain PBS.

Their fifteen independent CD releases have won them countless awards, including: Los Angeles Music Awards Americana Group of the Year, Best Duo/Group at the International Acoustic Music Awards, Qweevak.com Top-40 CDs of the year, runner-up for best folk act at the Crossroads Music Awards, and a two year run in the Musician Magazine Best Unsigned Band Semifinals.
Renee Safier, showcasing her prodigious blues and jazz vocal chops, won the Telluride Blues Festival Acoustic Blues Competition, receiving a rousing response from the 12,000-plus festival crowd. She and Andy have returned again and again for successful performances during the 3-day festival. Andy & Renee have also performed New Zealand, Ireland, Italy Thailand, The Philippines, China and across North America to approving crowds.
In addition to all this, Andy Hill and Renee Safier just celebrated their 26th year hosting their own Bob Dylan Festival. What started out as a small once-a-year backyard party where a loose conglomerate of close friends would take turns performing Dylan classics all day and well I nto the night (or until the cops came), has evolved into a full-blown music festival attended by hundreds of fans and featuring many of L.A.s top musicians.
Andy Hill and Renee Safier both live in the South Bay area of Los Angeles.

Lyrics

Everything Disappears

Written By: Andy Hill


A waitress takes orders
The music is loud
Everyone in the crowd is humming the tune
Only moments ago the colors were bright
And there were stars tonight
Round a soft crescent moon

But everything disappears
Everything disappears
Everything disappears
When you walk in the room

Now you’re speaking in riddles
And a cabernet drawl
My expectations they fall
But will rise again soon
With a wink and a reference
And your cartoon smile
I’m left hanging awhile
From a strand of perfume

As everything disappears
Everything disappears
Everything disappears
When you walk in the room

Your taxi arrives
There are no good-byes
Still I’m almost surprised
That the night would even dare resume

After everything disappeared
Everything disappeared
Everything disappeared
When you left the room

Salvation In Your Arms

Written By: Andy Hill

I saw it in the eyes of the hungry
I saw it in the spirit of the broken
In the neglected breath of the living dead
On the streets, in hospitals choking
I heard it in the words of the poets
And in the songs of a lost generation
I smelled it on the petals of a white rose
Crushed underfoot of brainwashed soldiers of domination

And I found salvation in your arms
I found salvation
I found salvation in your arms
I found salvation
I found salvation

I heard the evangelist on T.V. trying to preach it
I heard the promise of a government man and I watched him breach it
I read it in the Times and the Washington Post when they tried to create it
And I signed petitions on the college campus saying we hate it
I heard it from the tongues of voices silenced by the guns of a foreign nation

But I found salvation in your arms
I found salvation
I found salvation in your arms
I found salvation

Written on the walls by a skid row drunk trying to deface it
I saw it in the violence of a cop trying to erase it
I saw it in the gestures of a jester in his quest to disgrace it
I saw it in the flames of a revolution destined to replace it
I saw it in the eyes of a people sworn to die
Or else embrace it
And I found salvation

I saw it in the midnight moon peering over the clouds
To the shelter of the morning
And I found salvation in your arms
I found salvation

One Foot On Your Doorstep

Written By: Andy Hill

Last night I left The bed where we lay sleeping
Drifted through the walls out to the road
Now It don't take no college education
To know this dream is moving way too slow
Now for days we haven't spoke to one another
And we both know that something's wrong
There's a pain down deep inside me
Something that I used to have is gone

CHORUS
Now I've got one foot on your doorstep
One foot on the road
Every step I take I either make or break
The promise of the love you hold
Now I've got to make it to the river to wash my soul
In the water fresh and cold
And I've got one foot on your doorstep
One foot on the road

I don't pretend to make excuses for the way that l am
I don't pretend to,think that for yon I'm gonna change
I've known sin and I've known sorrow
And from where I stand
The straight and narrow path still looks the same

CHORUS
Now I've got one foot on your doorstep
One foot on the road
Every step I take I either make or break
The promise of the love you hold
Now I've got to make it to the river to wash my soul
In the water fresh and cold
And I've got one foot on your doorstep
One foot on the road

Man asks his God for forgiveness
Man makes excuse for his pride
But confession's no place for an honest man
To rationalize or to hide

CHORUS

Fly (I Know How You Feel)

Written By: Andy Hill

Fly (I Know How You Feel)
( © Music and Lyrics Andy Hill)

The girl is very independent
She ain’t desperate and she ain’t scared
When she looks in your direction
Her allegiance undeclared
She’s a brand new love
If you can understand it
And you’ll fall into her arms
Like her bracelets and her charms
Just as she planned it

And I know just how you feel
I once made the bluebird sigh
You can build your nest to hold her
But the bird was meant to fly

You’re home constructing obligation
You might as well be flexing in the mirror
The things that scare you most
Are the things that she holds dear
Still that part of her she gives you
Is irresistible and free
Its worth the price of all that’s missing
And there’s no place you’d rather be

And I know just how you feel
I once made the bluebird sigh
You can build your nest to hold her
But the bird was meant to fly

Love is the illusion you say in your confusion
That one woman differs from another
Smash her picture on the floor
And swear no more, no more
As you replace it with another picture of her

And I know just how you feel
I once called the bluebird mine
You can build your nest to hold her
But you know as well as I
If you build your nest to hold her
The fool’s tears are yours to cry

When You Remember Me

Written By: Renee Safier

When You Remember Me
(Words and Music By Renee Safier)

I thought I'd write a note to say goodbye
I know I will be gone from here in a little while
I see you sleeping in your chair
You rarely ever moved from there
Because you knew that's how I wanted it to be

CHORUS
I'll miss watching us unfold
And turning gray and growing old
And all that I will never see
So I'll live there in the treasure of your smile
When you remember me

You brush my cheek and your hopes start to rise
Your tender words betrayed by the sadness in your eyes
You held up your weary head
As you slipped into my bed
Because you knew that's how I wanted it to be

CHORUS

I remember little gifts
And fixing up the rifts
That formed the patchwork of our lives
I feel your breath upon my lips
The whisper of your fingertips
As I hold you close to me

CHORUS

Homeless Night

Written By: Andy Hill

Homeless Night
Andy Hill

Keep me from the cold in the concrete winter
Catch my shiver in the shadow of the streetlight
See me to the shelter of the sandy summer
Hold me through the homeless night

Somewhere deep inside I remember where I came from
But it’s vague and it’s so long ago
Your cherished yesterdays I wish that I could claim one
They’re all the same to me as far as I know

Keep me from the cold in the concrete winter
Catch my shiver in the shadow of the streetlight
See me to the shelter of the sandy summer
Hold me through the homeless night

I know the parkades, the lanes, the liquor stores
I know these streets from the coastline to the freeway
And I know business hours and leather boots on both ends of my body
Best of all I know an insult from a mile away

Keep me from the cold in the concrete winter
Catch my shiver in the shadow of the streetlight
See me to the shelter of the sandy summer
Hold me through the homeless night

Yesterday’s disease is the highway of tomorrow
Children bear our grinding faces in their shrinking dreams
Sleeping roll and shopping cart
Here’s a bottle for your sorrow
And a toast to your father who you’ve never seen

And a stranger my child to thee
I’m a stranger my child to thee

Keep me from the cold in the concrete winter
Catch my shiver in the shadow of the streetlight
See me to the shelter of the sandy summer
Heal me through the homeless night

Another Man's War

Written By: Andy Hill

Another Man's War
(© 1989 Words and Music by Andy Hill)

You wore your wedding dress that day
The day I came home from the war
Didn’t think I still knew how to cry
Til I saw you standing on that shore

Now there ain’t much I haven’t seen
Maybe what I’ve seen has made me blind
I’m getting tired of looking for reasons
Reasons faith’ll never find

And you can call me what you want
I’ve been used to worse for sure
There’s no slogan you can shout
That I haven’t heard before
And I’m never going back
To fight another man’s war

On the banks of the muddy Amu Durya
Beneath the spot the red flag flew
Our medals glittered in the sunlight
Honey all I saw was you

They raised a monument in honor
With the losers listed name by name
Before we learned the rules to play by
Somebody else had changed the game

They made their reasons up to send us

And we made ours to obey

They say we changed things for the better

They say we learned from our mistakes

At night I hear those engines roar
I hear the slap of boot heels in the rain
A new wheel moving in the same old circle
It’s just the past comin’ ‘round again

And you can call me what you want
I’ve been used to worse for sure
There’s no slogan you can shout
That I haven’t heard before
And I’m never going back
To fight another man’s war

And I’m never going back
To fight another man’s war

And you’ll never send me back

To fight another man’s war

Kids These Days

Written By: Andy Hill

I came to you like a parachute
And landed all around your world
For more than a flash in your brief nine years
You were my little girl
Your father and I needed help from the start
And I had a child of my own
Two sudden siblings with your flexible hearts
Were dreamed into this fragile home
Kids these days...

When the judge put your father and me in our places
You and I were separated too
Time chips away but never erases
The love you can't know I carry for you
For kids these days...

I'm really not the praying kind
If I look close enough I'd find
There's always something I could say or do
Some things they don't prepare you for
Then you hear the closing of the door
And here I stand, but Baby, where are you?

Today my son brought a card from school
And said, "Here is something from my sister."
I read your note through the teardrop's pool
Next to your hand-painted picture
Will it break you down? Will it make you strong?
Can you love, or will you live in fear?
One thing I know as times moves along
What you'll become, it started here
With kids these days...

Way Back Home

Written By: Renee Safier

Way Back Home
(Words & Music by Renee Safier)

I look at you; you look at me
Your eyes are open, but you can’t see
What it is you mean
What it is you mean to me

I feel your voice wash over me
Just like a whisper in from the sea
But I can’t hear you
Hear what you say to me

Chorus
Can we make it
Can we find our way back home
Will we have to find our way all alone
Can we find our, find our way back home

Last night we kissed until the dawn
I felt you close but you were gone
You couldn’t feel
Feel what you mean to me

Can we make it
Can we find our way back home
Will we have to find our way all alone
Can we find our, find our way back home

Is there time to put a rhyme back into our song
Cuz I wrote one hoping you could learn to sing along
As a way to, as a way to find our way back home

Mary

Written By: Patti Griffin


"Mary"

Mary you're covered in roses, you're covered in ashes
You're covered in rain
You're covered in babies, you're covered in slashes
You're covered in wilderness, you're covered in stains
You cast aside the sheet, you cast aside the shroud
Of another man, who served the world proud
You greet another son, you lose another one
On some sunny day and always stay, Mary

Jesus says Mother I couldn't stay another day longer
Flys right by me and leaves a kiss upon her face
While the angels are singin' his praises in a blaze of glory
Mary stays behind and starts cleaning up the place

Mary she moves behind me
She leaves her fingerprints everywhere
Everytime the snow drifts, everytime the sand shifts
Even when the night lifts, she's always there

Jesus said Mother I couldn't stay another day longer
Flys right by me and leaves a kiss upon her face
While the angels are singin' his praises in a blaze of glory
Mary stays behind and starts cleaning up the place

Mary you're covered in roses, you're covered in ruin
you're covered in secrets
Your'e covered in treetops, you're covered in birds
who can sing a million songs without any words
You cast aside the sheets, you cast aside the shroud
of another man, who served the world proud
You greet another son, you lose another one
on some sunny day and always stay
Mary, Mary, Mary

Stay Another Day

Written By: Renee Safier

Stay Another Day
(Renee Safier)

Sun slips under a grey sky,
Wonderin’ ‘bout you and thinkin’ I,
Could make it through,
Oh another day or two
Words run round my head, an awful noise,
Thinkin’ that I gotta make a choice about leaving you,
Oh what to do

But then I see you, I see you and the old feelings rise,
I see the hurt in your eyes
I wanna hold you, I wanna mold you into someone who’d make me stay, or should I walk away

Battering ram inside my brain,
Poundin’ down the door and I’m afraid
I’m losing you,
Are you gonna walk right through
Can’t stop the din inside my head
Thinking bout the day and what’s ahead
for you and me, Oh what will be

But then you see me, you see me
and the old feelings rise,
You see the love in my eyes
You wanna hold me,
You wanna mold me into someone who’d make you stay, Stay with me another day

Oh can you remember,
Nights when you’d kiss me
The colors would swirl,
Love would unfurl,
The sound of your heartbeat with mine

But then you see me, I see you and
the old feelings rise,
You see the love in my eyes
You wanna hold me,
You wanna mold me into
someone who’d make you stay,
Stay with me another day

But then I see you, you see me and
the old feelings rise,
I see the love in your eyes
I wanna hold you, I wanna mold you into someone who’d make you stay,
Stay with me another day

Small Things

Written By: Andy Hill

Small Things
(©2009 Words and music by Andy Hill)

How would I say good-bye?
How would I walk away?
Knowin’ that I want to stay

How would I break the chain?
How would I beat this storm?
Blowin’ our way

I know you’re wounded
But you hide it deep inside
Where I can’t touch it
I can’t heal it
Believe me, I’ve tried

How could I even ask
Let alone demand
That you cast off
Or suspend

The instincts that guard you here
And guide your hand
But Darling
I understand

I know you’re wounded
But you hide it deep inside
Where I can’t touch it
I can’t heal it
Believe me, I’ve tried

My love for you is strong
But it’s not unconditional
I can’t turn it off and on
Hanging like a puppet or a criminal

Maybe these small things
Between us still
Are just ghosts
Not real

The Christmas Song That No One Knows

Written By: James Vermilya,AndyHill & Renee Safier, AndyHill & Renee Safier

The Christmas Song (…that no one knows…)
(©2012 Words and Music by Jimmy Sax, Andy Hill, Renee Safier)

In December when the spirit comes upon us
To sing again a worn and treasured tune
We choose the songs we know so well
But you know there’s always one in every room
You know that guy who always has to show off
He’s always dressed in loud, eccentric clothes
When its his turn to call a tune
He picks a Christmas song that no one knows!

The Christmas song that no one knows
He picks a Christmas song that no one knows
At other sing-alongs we only do the songs
We’ve heard since we were embryo-ho-ho...no
Instead he picks the Christmas song that no one knows

A feeling of confusion and resentment
Descends upon the women and the men
Who haven’t seen or heard a single word
Not the beginning the middle or the end!
We protest, but meekly stumble onward
B-B-Butchering each syllable and note
While in our hearts we curse the two,
The one who chose and also he who wrote,
The Christmas song that no one knows
(We curse the guy who wrote) The Christmas song that no one knows
It’s absotively clear to everybody here
That you have no idea how it goes
Cause it’s the Christmas song that no one knows

The stores are putting up their decorations
As Halloween is coming to an end
Bing and Nat, Rosemary too, we dread that we will hear them without end!
But the second that a new song is presented
Do we think to thank a man who would propose? (no!)
No, we call it a scandalous thing, this trying to sing,
A Christmas song that no one knows

The Christmas song that no one knows
The Christmas song that no one knows
It’s got obtuse awkward words, it’s phrasing is absurd
And its melody will keep you on your toes

In a way its just like Rudolph’s nose
You could even say it blows
Not even you, (not even us) Not even me (not even you)
Can sing the Christmas song that no one knows!

It’s the Christmas song that no one knows
The Christmas song that no one knows
And there’s no need for dismay
You can probably get away
With some fa-la-las and ho-ho-hos
In December here a cold wind blows
Are those popsicles or are those toes?
Since we were asked (no we were told)
A simple task (to sing the song that’s called)

The Christmas song that no one knows!

Freebird

Written By: James Vermilya

Freebird

Well my momma always told me: “Someday son, you’ll go far”
As you can see she was right - I’m on stage in this bar.
I aspire to be an artist but in the meantime i like to eat dinner.
But there come those moments in every bar musician’s life
When he wonders why he’s doin’ it every Saturday night
And those moments are often brought to me
Courtesy… of a man… by the name….. of Skynnard.

It was a pretty tough crow at the swallows inn
But we were winnin’ them over and they were startin’ to grin
And even a big mean biker-lookin’ fellow comes up to me and says,
“You guys are the best band that we’ve heard!”
So we dropped our defenses and we rocked with pride
And by the end of the set we had ‘em on our side
‘Till somebody had to spoil it all by yellin’ out “FreeBird!”

We didn’t know that song so we tried to play it off
Meanwhile our drummer mutters something 'bout a “Dumpkoff”
And someone else hears him and asks:
“Hey what you guys got against Skynard?...
Now I’ll tell you what they’re an American band
I saw you pansies drive up in your lilly-white van
But this our bar here and goldarnit, we wanna hear freebird!”

“Freebird!” - They yelled it all night long
“Freebird!” - Man, I resent that song
No matter what else ya play it all seems to boil down to that one word (or is it two?)
“Freebird!” -- Don’t say “I’m sorry man” cause
“Freebird!” - They’ll take their rebel stand
No matter where you go, someone’s always gotta yell out:
“Freebird!”

Now, at the Swallows Inn they don’t mess around
So we knew we’d better do their song or leave town
‘Cause we had three more long sets to go, and we hadn’t been paid yet
So we huddled ‘round the jukebox during the break
Wrote down the chords and the words as if our lives were at stake
‘Cause sometimes it’s the things that you don’t do
That you learn to regret

We worked harder in ten minutes to learn that song
Than we had in rehearsals all year long
So like a hot babe with ‘the goods” we decided to tease ‘em
And it got pretty scary in there for awhile
But we held our ground
And we just had to smile as we taunted them one more time before we appeased them

Finally, Andy yells out (in his Canadian drawl)
“Now i know what you want, but it’ll cost y’all
So fill up that tip jar there and while you’re at it
Bring the boys some beer"
So they filled up that jar and our beer mugs too
And that tension kinda puckered like a bubblin’ stew
Until he shouted out just like on the live version (y’all know the live version):
“What song is it,… you wanna hear?”
“Freebird”
“What”
“Freebird”
“I can’t hearrr yewww.”

“Freebird!” - They yelled it all night long
“Freebird!” - Man, I resent that song
No matter what else ya play it all seems to boil down to that one word (or is it two?)
“Freebird!” -- Don’t say “I’m sorry man” cause
“Freebird!” - They’ll take their rebel stand
No matter where you go, someone’s always gotta yell out:
“Freebird!”

One more time everybody, you’re so beautiful!

“Freebird!” - They yelled it all night long
“Freebird!” - My homies love that song
No matter what else ya play it all seems to boil down to those
Two words (or is it one?)
“Free bird!” -- Don’t say “I’m sorry man” cause
“Free bird!” - they’ll take their rebel stand
No matter where you go, someone’s always gotta yell out:
“Free bird!”
No matter what else you play, someone’s always gotta yell out:
“Free bird!”

Set List

At Concerts and Festivals we perform songs from our 12 award-winning CDs, tailoring of sets to the type of festival we're playing: folk, rock, blues. We also have a songlist of over 400 cover songs.