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I can't remember being more energized by music than by Bob Mould at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass yesterday. I was differently but no less energized by Randy Newman, and I was not alone: pretty much every musician at the festival was there too. Finally, Bob Weir sang I Know You Rider w/ Steve Earle and Buddy Miller, sending me into nostalgic reverie. ... See MoreSee Less

When I was 16 or 17, I sat next to Stan Lynch at a Bob Dylan concert at the Pacific Amphitheater. My friends and I had been knocking them back in the parking lot, and my inhibitions were lower than usual. So low, in fact, that I straight-up lectured Stan about how #TomPetty should play The Waiting solo. He said, "why don't you tell him yourself" and took off for wherever the intoxicated teenagers weren't. Petty plays the first two verses and the bridge by himself on this SNL broadcast from 1983, and it sounds good, but I can't wait for the Heartbreakers to come in and like the performance about ten times better when they do. If you run into Stan at a concert, tell him I had it all wrong. ... See MoreSee Less

I'll be opening for Peter Himmelman, who - in addition to writing good songs - is one of the most inspiring performers I've ever seen. This is the show for those who are willing to stick around after my set and check out something new, under the assumption that you will NOT regret it. ... See MoreSee Less

Bob Hillman/Peter Himmelman at Hotel Utah

November 2, 2017, 8:00pm - November 3, 2017, 1:00am

I'll be opening for Peter Himmelman, who - in addition to writing good songs - is one of the most inspiring performers I've ever seen. This is the show for those who are willing to stick around after...

I'm experiencing a mild obsession with Jenny of the Roses, the first track on the new Hiss Golden Messenger album. Sometimes, I check out music that's theoretically up my alley and appreciated by many, and don't get sucked in. This time, however, was different. Could it be because I gave it more of a chance, i.e. listened more carefully or diligently? I hope I'm not missing out on great songs because I'm lazy or distracted. Anyway, I like the laid-back groove and especially how the long chorus unfolds or maybe undulates. ... See MoreSee Less

Tomorrow night I'll be singing a song or two along with a handful of compatriots: 7-9pm at the The Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland. In a show of bravery or possibly stupidity, we're restricting ourselves to songs written in the last six months. As Jack Hardy used to say, "you're only as good as your next song!" ... See MoreSee Less

New Songs Showcase

September 21, 2017, 7:00pm - September 21, 2017, 11:00pm

We are a group of songwriters that meets monthly to share new material, under the assumption that deadlines - and the promise of encouragement and thoughtful feedback - induces creativity and hard wor...