ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLES PRESENTS:
THE COMPELLiNG iNSTRUMENTAL SOUND OF CHARLiE HiLL
AND HiS DEBUT CD THE LANDiNG
MAY 2, 2012 - In a special section of CHARLIE HILL’s website , the guitarist includes a wistful reminiscence of one of the most magical moments of his teenage years: meeting and hanging out briefly with his hero, JIMI HENDRIX, at the airport when the legend stopped for a gig in Hill’s hometown of Tulsa. Forty two years later, Hill is not only still playing the guitar but, after many years of mastering his craft, releasing the independent debut album THE LANDING—a title that reflects the arrival of an exciting new voice in the world of contemporary instrumental music.Though he will always love rock and roll, Hill’s influences on this compelling nine track collection are actually far from the HENDRIX realm. Having played acoustic fingerstyle guitar since the 70s—when he was inspired by acoustic guitar playing rock legends like STEPHEN STILLS and JAMES TAYLOR--Hill carries on in the tradition of another set of heroes and influences who set the standard in the fingerstyle genre, from the late MICHAEL HEDGES, LEO KOTTKE and WILLIS ALAN RAMSEY to PRESTON REED, BILLY MCLAUGHLIN and MARTIN SIMPSON. Recorded at his home studio in Tulsa and mixed and mastered at Home of Tone by Steve Thornbrugh, the collection includes seven acoustic instrumentals (played on the Taylor 714 or Taylor 914), another played on harp guitar (“LOVE LETTERS FROM ARABIA”) and the tender vocal ballad “SIMPLE SONG.” The result is a masterful mix that artfully blurs the boundaries of acoustic, folk and new age music.
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