Nine Questions with Terry Hill

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Name: Terry Hill

Birthplace: Kalispell, Montana

Currently residing: Waldport, Oregon

Musical past and present in one rambling run-on sentence: I hail from Northwest Montana, and was raised in the shadow of Glacier National Park and the Rocky Mountains, born just after World War II and grew up listening to  countless  classic singers during those postwar years and I was nine years old the year that Memphis guy had his first hit and so I can say that I literally grew up with rock and roll and during the folk music craze of the 1960s, I was inspired to learn guitar by a teacher with a battered old Martin and during the summer of 1964, I formed a folk music group with Terry Robinson (later a founding member of Mission Mountain Wood Band and The Montana Band) and four other friends called The Greenwood Singers and we had the thrill of hearing our music on the radio for the first time, and then in the mid-60s, I turned to rock and roll with the award-winning Missoula, Montana band The Noblemen and then later in the late 1970s and early 80s, I was a founding member of Dogwater, a country rock and electric bluegrass band that toured extensively in the western United States and appeared on the compilation vinyl album “Montana Gold” and then during the 1980s, I performed as a solo act, in duos (with Steve Sellars and later with Craig Davey in Elmo and Bigarm) and in bands (The Terry Hill Band, TnT, Men With Hair) on stages in the U.S. and Canada, and between 1990 and 1994, I appeared with Steve Sellars in the popular duo The Bookhouse Boys, and we released a sellout album “Fish Dance Music” in 1992 followed by, in 1993, during a season-long engagement at Moose’s at Big Mountain (now Whitefish Mountain) Resort, The Bookhouse Boys were involved in a serious auto accident in which I was badly injured and after I recovered, I decided to enroll in law school and continued to perform part time until graduating from law school in 1997, then retired from an active music career but continued playing and writing, and in 2008, decided to produce a solo album of original material and during production of that project, which eventually became the album “Grapevine Warp,” I resumed his performing career, and after 15 years of law practice, I retired to the Oregon coast, but continue my music career, and say often enough to be irritating: “I’ll keep on playing and singing until they cart me out of here.”

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1. Who are some of your favourite composers, musicians and bands from the past and present?

Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, that guy from Memphis, Russell Smith, Steve Earle, Rolling Stones, Animals, the Liverpool lads, Hiram King Williams, Byrds, Woody Guthrie, Guy Clark, John Prine, Todd Snider, Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra, Linda Ronstadt, Rodney Crowell, Andrews Sisters, The Fleetwoods, Jack Scott, Peter Paul and Mary, The Kingston Trio, Chad Mitchell Trio, John Denver, Herbert Khaury, Steve Sellars, David Griffith, Gary Snow.

2. Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?

The End Is Not In Sight” – Amazing Rhythm Aces

3. How would you describe your perfect day?

Today.

4. What would your friends say they appreciate the most about you?

Sense of humor

5. What is your most valued material possession?

Martin D41

6. Who were you, or would you be nervous to meet?

Nobody I can think of.

7. If you could blink your eyes and be in a favourite place right now, where would that place be?

Right here

8. Is there something you would like to do more of in the future?

Yes, but my wife says no.

9. Where would you like to find yourself in ten years?

Still alive.

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