“Hills to Hollers produce music of great quality and depth. They are a festival programmer’s dream come true.” – Terry Wickham, Director of the Edmonton Folk Festival
From the hills of Bluegrass to the hollers of the African-American musical experience, nascent super group, Hills to Hollers, delves deep into the rich history of both white and black musical traditions from the American South. With a new CD and a recent performance at the Edmonton Folk Festival, this powerhouse trio is enthralling audiences with soaring three-part harmonies, unmatched musicianship and soulful performances of both classic and original southern music.
Three masterful musicians, each a Bay Area treasure, combine their remarkable talents to delve deep into the rich musical traditions of the American South, from the hills to the hollers, from bluegrass to blues, embracing Appalachian and African American roots music in all its power, emotion, and beauty. With a brand new album and a recent performance at Canada’s premier event for traditional music, the Edmonton Folk Festival, this glorious trio is mesmerizing audiences with gorgeous three-part harmonies, stellar musicianship, and soulful performances of both traditional and original music of the South. “Hills to Hollers offers up a great richness of song, reminding us that America’s musical legacy is far deeper and more diverse than today’s pop charts,” says the Napa Valley Register.
Berkeley’s Barbara Higbie is a master of piano and fiddle who composes beautiful music and sings like a dream. She’s been nominated for a Grammy award, won Bammy awards, performed on more than 65 albums, and released four solo albums, as well as two albums with Teresa Trull and three albums with Montreux, the band she co-founded with Darol Anger. In the words of the Los Angeles Times, she’s a “jolt of bright sunlight” – and everyone in the audience feels her warmth.
The shimmering voice of Oakland’s Linda Tillery has powered many of the Bay Area’s most popular bands over the past four decades. A central figure in the emerging women’s music movement in the 1970s and 80s, Linda was also a founding member of Bobby McFerrin’s vocal ensemble Voicestra. She currently leads the Cultural Heritage Choir, performing African American roots music.
Berkeley High grad Laurie Lewis has won the International Bluegrass Music Association award for Female Vocalist of the Year multiple times, not to mention a Grammy for her contribution to True Life Blues: the Songs of Bill Monroe. Laurie has recorded more than 20 albums – with the Good Ol’ Persons, Grant Street, Kathy Kallick, Tom Rozum, and her current band Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, as well as several solo projects – and is now working with many talented new artists, helping them find their way in the recording business.