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Straight Music reviews Orchard!

Exactly a year to the release date ORCHARD gets some hometown love.

“as warm and achingly intimate as the best work of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.”
John Lucas, The Georgia Straight

Jess Hill is clearly in no rush. She released her second album, Orchard, five years after her debut, Road. Her songs are equally unhurried affairs. They unfold slowly, deliberately, with Hill’s strong but vulnerable voice crystal-clear. On a couple of tracks—“Stagger” and “Orchard”—Hill kicks things up to mid-tempo, but she tends to favour slow, sad songs.

And sad they are: Hill often uses natural imagery (of birds and flowers, mostly) as metaphors for human relationships. That may be an obvious device, but she does it well, crafting lyrics that are evocative, if not exactly uplifting. “Clouds full of secrets dropping hints through the air/Loosening the sky’s tight grip on despair,” she sings on “Precariously”.

With the Hive’s Jesse Gander * in the producer’s chair, and boasting an all-star supporting cast (including former Black Rice drummer Juli Steemson and cellist Cris Derksen), the album’s sound matches its subject matter. Based largely around acoustic instruments, including Hill’s own guitar, the songs feel back-porch rustic and natural. A few numbers, such as the string-accompanied “In the Evening”, stretch out into orchestral-folk territory, but the sparer cuts are as warm and achingly intimate as the best work of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.

*edited by me to chime in and remind the world that the record was masterminded and arranged by the incomparable Aaron Joyce who wore the badge of Producer for every song on the record. Jesse Gander engineered, mixed, and co-produced.
Post Toronto stories to come…soon. But first I gotta move!

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Of moths and moons…

Over the last month Amanda Bullick of Brutally Beautiful and I have been dreaming up an image that shines new light on my song “Open Letter To My Heart”.  In the post below you will get a look behind the scenes of the shoot and a sneak peek at the postcard I will have at Canadian Music Week with me next month.


After many hours of  masking tape, papiermache (the brunt of which Amanda gracefully took on as the paste was making my already flaring ezcema quite itchy) , low temperature ovens, paint and petty garden robbery we completed the moths.

We gathered a team of talented people for the usual photo shoot tasks and headed to the Brutally Beautiful headquarters

With one red ladder, a make up artist and a hair stylist added to our team we were unstoppable!

Chris, Jessie and Amanda

With the back drop hung we set to work on the lighting, the moths and the light bulbs!



We moved the ladder many times….Amanda is quite strong. Tiny but tough!



Hair by my talented Mama!

Jessie Broster getting set to paint my face.

What a difference hair and make-up make… 😉


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Artist Mix Tapes

My contribution to a great website focused on artist made mistakes is up and ready for your perusal. Includes some of my favorite locals and classics! Check it out at:
Artist Mix Tapes

Oh and the homecoming is sweet. So much love and so many beautiful surprises!



See you all on Saturday May 21st at Cafe Deux Soleils! Show starts at 9pm.

’till then,

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Indie Machine!

The fine folks at Fusion Radio – Indie Machine have posted the video of the session I did with them while I was in Toronto. You can view it here!

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I did an interview with She Does The City . Check it out!


And another with Rocky Mountain Outlook!

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CMT Feature Tonight!

Tonights the night! Know your timezone and tune in! Check CMT program listings at CMTs website !
“The Show” is on at 11pm EST and 8pm PST.

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The Show on CMT!

Country Music Television (CMT) is going to air the From Above music video this Thursday on The Show at 11pm EST!!!! I’m on tour and will be on stage at The Fez in Saskatoon that night – who’s gonna tape it for me?




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Another review!

Music Blog – Buying Shots For Bands –
reviewed Orchard. See what they had to say via the link below:

Buying Shots For Bands Review of Orchard

I’m at U of T right now. Getting ready to do a session with IndieMachine for Fusion Radio You can stream the session live from their website!

Tonight we sing at the Tranzac at 10pm.


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Monday Magazine!

A lil’ love from the editor at Victoria’s Monday Magazine!

Song stuck in my head

“Stagger” by Jess Hill. Vancouver-based folk noir singer-songwriter Jess Hill has a haunting quality to her voice that perfectly complements her storytelling lyrics. Her newest CD, Orchard, is filled with stinging emotions and raw energy that skillfully moves from blues-draped guitar to folk to alt-country and back again.

Grant Mckenzie – Monday Magazine

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Last Monday evening I went out to BCIT to do an interview with Kirk of Doom from 3am Revelations for Evolution1079.
The audible fruits of that conversation and the live performance that followed will be aired on Evolution1079 twice more this week!
You can stream it online or tune into the good ol’ fashioned radio and catch at the following times:

Saturday March 19 @ noon
Tuesday March 22 @ 6:20pm

Also, I can’t get enough of this:

Saw it on the weekend and fell in love with those Dusty Flower Pot Cabaret kids all over again!

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