Charlie Hill

Charlie Hill

 Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
SoloAlternativeNew Age

Charlie Hill uses open tunings and percussive techniques to create music that is both relaxing and stimulating. Guitar and Harp Guitar.

Biography

In August of 2011 Charlie Hill released his debut CD "The Landing." Recorded at his home studio in Tulsa, Oklahoma, then mixed and mastered at Home of Tone by Steve Thornbrugh of Tulsa, the disc contains 7 guitar instrumentals, one harp guitar instrumental, and one vocal tune. The result is an album that blurs the boundaries of acoustic, folk, and new age.

In addition to playing bass in classic rock bands, early influences were Steven Stills, Neil Young, Leo Kottke, and Willis Alan Ramsey. Later, the music of Michael Hedges and Preston Reed led to the exploration of open tunings and percussive techniques. When playing live Charlie attempts to create sounds from his instruments that are melodic, rhythmic, and relaxing. At other times the music is uptempo, foot-stomping fun. Influenced by numerous live performances of Leo Kottke and the late Michael Hedges, he has attempted to create a live sound that is strong, clear, and unique. He uses a combination of pickups to capture not only the highs and lows but also the natural percussive wood sound. In the last few years he has added a harp guitar to his recordings and live shows. During his shows the occasional vocal tune offers a nice counter-point to his mostly instrumental presentation.

Recording has begun on the as yet untitled follow-up CD. It will include more guitar instrumentals, harp guitar, a vocal or two, and additional instrumentation.


***1st Place 2014 Dallas Songwriters Association Contest, Instrumental

***Nominee August 2013 Hollywood Music in Media Awards

***2nd Place 2013 Dallas Songwriters Association Contest, instrumental

***Finalist, 2013 USA Songwriting Compeition
***Honorable Mention, 2013 Indie International Songwriting Contest
***Honorable Mention, 2012 SongDoor International Songwriting Competition
***Finalist, 2012 Great American Song Contest
***Finalist, 2012 International Acoustic Music Awards
***Finalist, 2012 USA Songwriting Competition
***Semifinalist, 2012 UK Songwriting Contest
***Semifinalist, 2012 International Songwriting Contest
***Finalist, 2011 International Acoustic Music Awards
***Finalist, 2011 Great American Song Contest

--all entries instrumental

Quotes of note:

"A master class in acoustic guitar, you won't believe that one man and one guitar can create such depth."
-Jack Lyons, Americana UK

"Finger-style acoustic guitarist Charlie Hill has an ear for that marinated-rosewood sound that only the best instruments and the most proficient players can create...a master class in guitar tunings."
-Janet Goodman, Music News Nashville

"Hill's guitar playing virtuoso is classically mesmerizing..."
-Cyrus Rhodes, The Muse's Muse

Discography

The Landing CD, released Aug. 2011

Set List

Mostly original instrumentals, a few vocals, and some covers.

Dogs In Paradise
Surreal McCoy
Aileen
Hayward Hawthorne
Full Sail
Love Letters From Arabia
etc.