May 5: Emma Hill
w/ Paddy Kilrain
In Spin Magazine’s recent feature on the growing Alaskan music scene, the writer poses the question, “Has the Internet really made geography a moot point?” Alaskan-born singer/songwriter Emma Hill answers that question with a resounding no. In fact, the world traveler Hill (whose recent jaunts have included a 6-week tour in Europe and several months in Costa Rica) decided to advance her music career by moving back to Alaska from her adopted home in Portland.
In an age where kids are generally expected to pick up roots and move to New York City, Nashville or some other recognized music mecca to “make it,” Emma Hill stands out. She’s made quite a name for herself in Alaska, touring incessantly, hitting up not only places folks from the lower 48 can pick out on a map (Juneau, Anchorage), but villages like Sleetmute, McGrath, and Kodiak – rural places where people don’t often get to see touring bands.
Emma Hill, along with musical partner Bryan Daste (in a recent cover story, The Anchorage Press called him “the David Rawlings to Emma Hill’s Gillian Welch”), will be bringing their brand of loping, intimate Americana with an indie edge to venues across Alaska and the rest of the US in support of their new album, The Black and Wretched Blue.
Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless (known for his work with indie icons like Bon Iver and Andrew Bird), The Black and Wretched Blue is Emma Hill’s fourth album and the gorgeous follow up to the Alaska Dear, I’m Comin’ Home EP. Populated by confessional songs of heartbreak and love and loss, the album showcases Hill’s penchant for homey alt-folk and countrified sounds, this time paired with almost New-Orleans-style horns. With a honeyed voice and confident delivery, Emma Hill conjures She & Him, Whiskeytown, and a certain throwback Linda Ronstadt vibe.
Hill and Daste will spend the better part of the spring and summer of 2013 on tour in Alaska and the continental US, hitting up performance spaces of all kinds, including their signature experience – the house concert. The duo thrives on the intimate setting and easy camaraderie of the house show and has graced living rooms and back porches of Europe and the US.
Opening for Emma will be local favorite Paddy Kilrain, a local singer songwriter who is sure to impress you.