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"Redhill, self-titled 4-song EP, wow, totally excellent blue-eyed soul country by a six-person band from Detroit of all places, references to the Drifters ("Rooftop"), beats from Bo Diddley ("I Can Make It On My Own"), lady singer with a warm and powerful voice, pop enough for suburbia, plenty of swing (even the jazzy kind) in the rhythm.
CDbaby.com is the future of music, I swear.

EP's first song "All Night Long"("we're not 21 but we still can walk that walk...ain't gonna buy a single drink as long as there are men cause the girls gotta get out every now and then") is TOTAL girls- night-out country exactly like Frank was looking for. Singer Julianne sounds like KT Oslin! No horns credited, but I think I hear some. And "Rooftop" is built on that same Latin beat the Drifters used to use; it's a blatant rewrite of "Up On the Roof," clearly, and lovely.

Fourth song "I Can Make It On My Own" on that great Redhill EP is lyrically a post-breakup survival anthem a la, well, "I Will Survive," or "No Guilt" by the Waitresses or somebody: "Saw you with your new hootchie mama/Have you introduced her to your head-case traumas?," sung to a Diddley beat (go ahead, sing along). The drums and gui tars at the start are Bow Wow Wow's "I Want Candy" into George Michael's "Faith" (both of which were Diddley chillun all along). "
Chuck Eddy
-January 18th, 2006
- Chuck Eddy's critique of the 4 song ep


"It's Not Your Mama's Country - But it sure is Awesome! Every once in a while.. when the moon and the stars are just in the right position, something fresh comes along, something that sounds familiar, but has a decidedly new twist. That something is REDHILL. Country with an Edge... a cutting edge. Julianne and the boys show us that everything we have known is not everything there is. The songwriting is supurb, the vocals are enchanting and the appeal.. well.. it's just There in abundance. You will love the catchy lyrics the energy in which they are performed and the knowledge that you are hearing something totally new, something different. I can't wait for the complete CD." - Larry Garcia - detroitcountrymusic.com


June 8,2006
"Anyone starting to feel like they're losing Plymouth's charm need not worry: with summer here, charm is back in bloom.
REDHILL, a modern Motown/rock & roll country band which caused a buzz at the Fall Festival, kicked off the summer's 'Music In The Air' series Friday night, and all seemed right in the world again." - Observer & Eccentric Newspapers


"REDHILL: This metro Detroit six-piece is more pop and rock than mainstream country. But the vibe is sunny and pleasant, and retro rock numbers like 'I Can Make It' and 'Rooftop' are just plain fun." -May 19, 2006
- Greg Crawford


Redhill ready to smell the roses
Sunday, August 07, 2005
By Rachael Recker
The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- For rock-laced country band Redhill, it's all about catchy melodies and quality lyrics.

And for the 30- and 40-year-old musicians boasting backgrounds in jazz, rock and Motown, today's cross-over country music was the best genre through which to get those songs heard.

"It was kind of natural to go towards the country market just because you could write songs more easily that people would listen to," said Redhill rhythm guitarist, vocalist and principal songwriter Greg Michaels. "... It's just you're trying to write songs that people can just listen to without having to fall into some genre that I (hear) on the radio all the time."

The guitarist, who has "been writing songs ever since I can remember," has seen a trend of exclusive categorization in radio. Singer/songwriters such as Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp rarely are heard on Top 40 radio stations. The result? Michaels sees a lot of songwriters turning to country, including Redhill.

"A lot of newer country today reminds me of bands in the '70s and '80s and early '90s that were just more rock-pop bands, but they didn't have an outlet as much now for it. So they (moved) towards the country-type style."

The Livonia-based band -- lead vocalist Julianne (she goes by her first name), lead guitarist Jon Lenardon, keyboardist/songwriter Mickey Walsh, drummer Jay Fiondella, bassist Andy Quiton and Michaels -- are going to take their act "as far as we can go," said Julianne, who joined the group a year ago. "Every time we try, things have come up roses for us so far. We've been very fortunate. We've moved along very quickly."

And with only seven months of practicing under the current lineup, the band is moving quickly. One original work has been sent to Gretchen Wilson and Wynonna Judd. The band also has a four-song demo EP recorded, which will be offered at gigs along with other merchandise as soon as this week. They are finishing up recording their first full-length album, recorded in Michaels' basement studio. They hope to be done with the full-length CD in the fall.

Chances of making it big seem likely to drummer Fiondella, who joined the group two years ago.

"You know, right away, I was attracted by the marketability of the songs," he said.

"I mean, I've been pursuing this pipe dream of a career since I was 13. ... And everything I've done and 60 cents will get me a cup of coffee. I'm still struggling to do it, but I do feel confident about the product we have. And it's being validated by audiences and industry people and stuff thus far, so I'm really pretty positive about the whole thing."

Defined as "Detroit country" -- Detroit-rock-influenced country music -- the band's distinct locale also is a curse, Michaels said. "Playing country-rock stuff from Detroit, it's like you got to sell yourself twice as hard."

Michaels has spoken with people from Nashville and often finds them scoffing at the idea of a Detroit country band. But he doesn't see much difference between Redhill and today's many non-Southern natives of new country. Country squabbles aside, Michaels plans to keep the band rolling.

"The main thing I try to go for is still writing the three- or four-minute catchy hook that people can hopefully grasp onto and hum and sing to and that sucks them in."

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- Grand Rapids Press


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REDHILL: this five member band likes to call it's music "Detroit Country" due to the influence of the music oozing from their hometown, long known more for its Rock and R&B bands than anything close to country music. But the overriding sound of REDHILL is Country - slick, polished and radio ready but not devoid of some of the traditional soul of the music's forebearers. The group of experienced musicians is having a good year so far. In August they released their debut LP: You Get What You Get, they scored two Detroit Music Awards nominations. Chuck Eddy of the Village Voice raved about their earlier four-song ep, and this fall they'll open for Clint Black and Dwight Yoakam.
Dig it: Classic Rock meets Classic Country meets Classic R & B. September 20-26, 2006
- City Beat - Cincinnati, Ohio


Discography

(Late Spring 2009) "Brand New Blue Skies" full cd
2007 "It's Christmas Time in Detroit City" - single
2007 "This Train Aint Thru Runnin Yet" - single
2006 Award winning "You Get What You Get" full cd
2005 4 song ep

All cds are available online at their website www.redhillrocks.com, or cdbaby.com, or Amazon.com
REDHILL's music is now available on Itunes, Napster, Rhapsody, and a dozen other online download sites!

"You Get What You Get" includes the group's radio singles, "Just Another Day", "All Night Long" and "I can Make It." (receiving airplay on Michigan country radio stations WSAQ, WTNR, WCXI and B95.fm Flint). WYCD, the largest country radio station in Detroit has currently been playing "Just Another Day".

"It's Christmas Time In Detroit City" debuted on Channel 7 at the Campus Martius treelighting ceremony for the city of Detroit. It recieved regular rotation airplay on may radio stations throughout the nation

"This Train Aint Thru Runnin Yet" is a single written by Greg Michaels for his sister who passed away of cancer in 2006. All proceeds from this single will go to benefit Gilda's Club.


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REDHILL exploded onto the country music scene in early 2005, with a unique style they call "Detroit Country" -- flavorful full-bodied country music with a blues-rock edge. Detroit's Motown and Rock are the prominent influences heard in the country heart and soul of the sound that is REDHILL.

A powerful live show has quickly become REDHILL's trademark, helping the group garner TEN Detroit Music Award nominations between 2006, and 2008. REDHILL‘s debut CD, You Get What You Get, won the 2007 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Country Album, and REDHILL was the only band nominated in all five 2007 DMA country categories! The group has raised money from their single"This Train Ain't Thru Runnin Yet,"to help fight cancer, with all proceeds going to Gilda's Club. REDHILL also released their first Christmas single It's Christmas Time In Detroit City which they perform at the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Campus Martius in Downtown Detroit. REDHILL is now working on their sophomore CD, scheduled for release in late spring 2009.

This Nashville recording act has performed with some of the best musicians in Country Music including Clay Walker, Clint Black, Dwight Yoakam, Terri Clark, Miranda Lambert, Heartland, Keith Andersen, John Anderson, Aaron Tippin, Gary Nichols, Kelly Pickler, Juice Newton, Leroy Parnell, John Corbett, Josh Gracin, Hot Apple Pie, Trent Tomlinson, Eric Church, Carolina Rain, Luke Bryan, The Wreckers, Rodney Adkins, Rhett Atkins, Buckey Covington, Jack Ingram, Roadhammers, Emily West, Lee Brice, Chris Cagle, Little Big Town, Trisha Yearwood, Joe Diffie, Billy Ray Cyrus, Confederate Railroad, Sammy Kershaw, Stephen Cochran, Marcel , and Heidi Newfield (Spring 2009) at major Detroit area venues including DTE Music Theatre and Freedom Hill.

In just three years, REDHILL has achieved some amazing accomplishments.

Performance Highlights:

* Headline performers for four consecutive seasons (2006 through 2009) at the WYCD Downtown Hoedown in Downtown Detroit (the largest free outdoor county music event in the world).
* Headliners at the 2006, 2007 and 2008 St. Clair Riverfest (St. Clair, MI), opening for Mitch Ryder, Uncle Kracker (40 thousand in attendance) and Joe Diffie.
* Nashville - Several Featured Spotlight Artists Showcase performances at the world-famous Bluebird Café, and the reknowned 3rd & Lindsley venue. They will be returning again this summer to the Bluebird Cafe in July '09, during the NAMM show.
* First non-label artist to headline a sold-out show at the Lexington Music Theatre (Lexington, MI).
* Headlining many outdoor music festivals in Michigan, including Plymouth "Music In the Air" Summer Concert Series 2006 through 2009
* Showcase artists at the Midpoint Music Festival in Cincinnati.
* both Greg and Julianne have won awards for their songwriting, and Julianne is an award winning vocalist.
* Julianne was endorsed by Luna Guitars for '07 and '08, and is featured on their artists page at www.lunaguitars.com

Radio/TV Highlights:

* Live acoustic performances and interviews on WYCD-FM from the Downtown Hoedown
* Several Fox2 News (Detroit) live TV performances.
* Channel 7 LIVE Televised performance for the 2007 and 2008 Downtown Detroit Campus Martius Tree Lighting Ceremonies
* Channel 7 at Noon (Detroit) live TV Christmas performance.
* Three songs from You Get What You Get in rotation at three SE Michigan country radio stations.
* The single "All Night Long" is also used at the Port Huron Flags minor league IHL hockey games.
* Several live performances on the nationally syndicated Mitch Albom radio show
* Colgate Country Showdown Semifinalists

QUOTES:
"REDHILL has been outstanding to work with in every way, including drawing massive crowds at WYCD’s Downtown Hoedown, the WYCD Birthday Bash, Arts, Beats & Eats and our many other concert events"
- Tim Roberts, Program Director, WYCD - Detroit, MI

"A red hot singer and stage presence to burn down the house ... a kicking country band!"
- Brian Harper, Program Director, WSAQ-fm - Port Huron, MI

"Wow ... excellent blue-eyed soul country ... from Detroit of all places."
- Chuck Eddy, The Village Voice (N.Y.C.)

"REDHILL adds sizzle ... we can't wait to have them perform at many more WYCD events!"
- Denise Stockel, Marketing & Promotions Director, 99.5 WYCD-fm - Detroit, MI

"Flavorful, full-bodied country with a blues-rock edge. Julianne's sultry voice captivates from the first note."
- Larry Garcia, Founder, DetroitCountryMusic.com