Terry Hill

Terry Hill

 Lolo, Montana, USA
BandAmericanaFolk

Just when you think you've heard the song before, you realize you have NOT heard it before, but you FEEL like you have. Terry Hill writes songs that come from a familiar folk and country tradition, comfort music.Terry's songs are about love. Love of a sweetheart (requited or unrequited), love of family, love of friends, love of pets, love of a geographical place, love of life. His own life becomes the song and the song somehow becomes about your life.

Biography

Born in Montana shortly after the end of World War II, Terry Hill grew up listening to Hank
Williams, Ernest Tubb, Faron Young, Les Paul & Mary Ford, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Frankie Laine, The Weavers, Hank Snow, and countless other classic singers during those postwar years. Terry was nine years old the year Elvis had his first hit, and literally grew up with rock and roll.

Smack dab in the middle of the 60s folk music craze, in 10th grade, Terry had a life-changing experience. His English teacher, Richard Chapman, taught a section on old English folk songs not by reading the lyrics from a dull text, but rather by bringing his battered old Martin guitar to class and actually singing the songs. From that moment on, Terry was consumed with the idea of singing and playing guitar. In the summer of ’64, Terry and his old friend Terry Robinson (later a founding member of Mission Mountain Wood Band) formed a folk music group with four others, The Greenwood Singers.

The Greenwood Singers performed widely that year and gave the group their first-ever experience of hearing their music on the radio. In the mid-60s, Terry turned to rock and roll with the award winning Missoula, Montana rock band The Noblemen.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Terry was a founding member of Dogwater, a country rock and bluegrass band that toured extensively in the western United States and appeared on the compilation vinyl album “Montana Gold.”

During the 80s, Terry performed as a solo act, in duos (with Steve Sellars, and later with Craig Davey in Elmo and Bigarm), and in bands (The Terry Hill Band, Men With Hair) in the US, Canada, and Europe.

Between 1990 and 1994, Terry appeared in the popular duo The Bookhouse Boys with Steve Sellars. The Bookhouse Boys released a sellout album, Fish Dance Music, in 1992.

In 1993, during a season-long engagement at Moose’s on Big Mountain in Whitefish, Montana, the Bookhouse Boys were involved in a serious auto accident in which Terry was badly injured. After recovering from his injuries, Terry took stock of his life and decided to enroll in law school in 1994. Although Terry continued to play music, he appeared on stage rarely over the next several years and conducted his law practice in Kalispell, Montana from 1997 until his return to performing in 2010.

At his wife Sydnee’s urging, in 2008 he decided to produce a CD, and after nearly three years in production, released "Grapevine Warp" in 2011.

Now that he's been back on stage for a couple of years, Terry feels like he's back where he belongs: making up songs and singing them for people wherever he can.

Discography

Grapevine Warp (2011) Peaked at No. 8 week ending 6/9/11 on Internet Radio Roots Country/Americana charts
Backyard Buckaroo (2011) limited release "concept" album
Melophobia (2010) limited release fan club premium
Long Time Passing (2009)
The Stinkymas Album (2003)
I'm So Good In My Mood (2002)
Fish Dance Music (1992) [with The Bookhouse Boys]
Song: Go Down Easy on compilation album "Montana Gold" (1981) [with Dogwater]
The Greenwood Singers (1964) limited private release