Tom Hill
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Tom Hill

Montpelier, Vermont, United States | INDIE

Montpelier, Vermont, United States | INDIE
Band Folk Acoustic


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"Home Again," on the Attractive Nuisance label, available at (also available as a digital download).

"Ingredients," on Mercury (out of print; copies have been seen for sale on eBay)

Songs: "Rhythm Guitar": recorded by The Oak Ridge Boys (album: "Sky High") and Johnny Paycheck ("Loving You Beats All I’ve Ever Seen")
"The Man Who Kills the Ants": recorded by East-West Pipeline (movie soundtrack: "Angels Die Hard")



“Wow!” said the big-shot Big Apple talent manager, after I had auditioned half a dozen original tunes in his Brill Building office. “I’ve got another James Taylor on my hands!”

Two days later, he introduced me to a female vocalist, with whom he wanted me to perform as a duo. Three days later, he introduced me to a fellow male songwriter, with whom he wanted me to collaborate.

“Wally,” I said. “First I’m another James Taylor. Then you want to change my act. Then you want to change my songs. What gives?”

Wally shrugged. “Frankly, Tom,” he said, “I’ve never liked James Taylor all that much.”

One walk out the door and more than a few years later, I’m still a solo troubadour, singing and playing mostly my own stuff (plus some traditional and neo-traditional material).

James Taylor is holding his own.


Born in Chicago and raised there by stratospherically literate and musical parents, I grew up with rock ‘n’ roll coming in one ear as the stylized fare of the Folk Boom entered the other. I began playing the guitar at age 12, and the five-string banjo in my early teens. Other early influences included Merle Travis, Doc Watson, the New Lost City Ramblers, the Weavers, Elizabeth Cotten, and that Elvis guy.

Lured into more hard-core traditional territory by Pete Seeger, Josh White, The Carter Family and Mississippi John Hurt, I cut my topical teeth on the broadsides and satire of Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Malvina Reynolds and Phil Ochs. I began writing songs. My early ones were pretty bad. I’ve gotten better.

I went to college, and graduated. Imagine that.

Following the requisite stint of scrambling in New York’s Greenwich Village, I became a California flower child and cut an album titled "Ingredients" for Mercury Records. It bombed — but a song from that album, "The Man Who Kills the Ants," was covered by some band you never heard of and graced the soundtrack of the biker flick "Angels Die Hard." You've seen it, right?

My song "Rhythm Guitar," recorded by the Oak Ridge Boys and Johnny Paycheck, hit No. 69 on the U.S. country charts in 1979. It’s a very long story.

My shows include my own stuff, folk songs, and tunes by the likes of Gordon Lightfoot, Stan Rogers, Joni Mitchell, John Prine, Fred Neil, and Steve Goodman.

In recent years, the music of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, has loomed large in my life.

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