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Sweet Tea

by Hills Rolling

There once was a sound so powerful that it roared through the highest hills and into the towns that slept below.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. Crazie
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2. Not Again
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3. Watching Waves
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4. No I Don't Mind At All
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5. Laugh Out Loud
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6. Here and Now
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7. Middle of NoWhere
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8. Slow Down
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9. Waiting On You
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Album Notes
There once was a sound so powerful that it roared through the highest hills and into the towns that slept below. Be sure to cover 'yer ears or you too will be swept away by the clever and infectious sound of HILLS ROLLING! The debut CD, 'Sweet Tea', will leave your thirst quite quenched, while still craving more! Hills Rolling is based out of Georgia and was created by singer-songwriter, Trey McGriff, who has crafted a well written and timeless batch of songs to enjoy!

You have heard Trey's music on MTV's The Real World, MTV's Undressed, XM SATELLiTE Radio, Comcast Televison, NPR(National Public Radio) and Jagermeister Music Tour.

Trey enjoys playing in several projects and throughout his music career, has opened for bands like: Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Pepper, Slightly Stoopid, Journey, Foreigner, Finger 11, Paul Rogers(Bad Company/Queen), Mark Bryan (Hootie & the Blowfish), Soul Hat, Beanland, Gibb Droll, Cowboy Mouth, Molly Hatchet, Cravin Melon, Gran Torino, Hobex, Squeeze Toy, Evan Olsen, Crazy Anglos, 13 Stories, Lazy Eye, Vinx, The Tams and tons more!

Trey McGriff uses Gibson 'Chet Atkins' Acoustic/Electric Guitars, Fender Basses and is endorsed by DR Strings. Feel free to check out all Whiskey Child Recording artists: Hills Rolling, SomeWhere OutHere and Frenzy!

Celebrities Trey has met: Robby Takac(GooGooDolls), The Lizard Man(Ripley's Believe it or Not/Jagermeister Tour), Roger Alan Wade(MTV's Jackass & Johnny Knoxville's Cousin), Morgan Rose & Ljohn Witherspoon(Sevendust), Kevin Griffin & Tom Drummond(Better Than Ezra), Fred LeBlanc(Cowboy Mouth), Brad Smith(Blind Melon), Darius Rucker & Mark Bryan(Hootie & the Blowfish), Dixie Carter(Actress), Tracey Nelson(Actress), Billy Gardel(Comedian), Jack Nicklaus(Golf), Darrel Strawberry(Baseball), Patrick Burns(Co-Star of Haunting Evidence), Bibi McGill(Guitarist Beyonce/Pink), Jamie Bullock(Actress), Chuck Williams(Actor, Producer)


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Hills Rolling in Skope Magazine
All I can say about this album is that after I listened I was truly thirsty for some sweet tea. The recipe for this sweet tea is actually on the CD package. If the tea is as good as the music that will be a tasty and satisfying beverage.

I must admit that I was totally new to Hills Rolling but I got familiar very quick. For those that do not know this band is actually a one-man band. Trey McGriff who resides & lives in Georgia plays all the instruments and takes care of the vocals as well. Talk about a multi-talented musician. Trey is well known all over Georgia in the most well known venues as he plays around 60-70 shows a year.

Trey also knows about musical brand integration. His music is a favorite over at Red Bull. He plays Gibson, Fender, & Martin Guitars. The more I learned about Trey the more impressed I became.

This CD is an overall good time from start to finish. The packaging is simple and environmentally safe than the hard plastic cases. The CD has 9 songs and comes in at just under 30 minutes in length.

The sound quality is perfect on this album. You can hear that it was recorded & mastered in a top of the line studio in GA. My favorite sounding track is, “Watching Waves.” That track just flows and sounds perfect. My favorite hit on this CD is, “Not Again.” I must have played this track 7 times already. I just cannot get enough. As for the songwriting that was a tough call. If I had to pick I would say, track 5, “Laugh Out Loud.” I just feel that all the tracks were of equal songwriting capacity. They were very well written & constructed.

I know that this CD came out in 2007 but here at Skope we do not believe that any music has an expiration date. I assure you that you will be able to enjoy this CD in 2011 as well.

Review By: Mikey Frieds



Give it a listen
Very good music. I can't pick a favorite, I love them all!!!


Wicked jams
My bud told me about this band. They're grrrrreat.


Hills Rolling featured at Indie Music Stop
It’s almost summer! How about some sweet tea?

No, not that kind of sweet tea; the kind of Sweet Tea I am suggesting is the latest release from Hills Rolling, the “band” that only consists of brainchild Trey McGriff, who performs every duty on the album.

McGriff has both talent and versatility to perform many instruments, but upon listening to the songs on Sweet Tea, it isn’t difficult to catch the basic beats and lyrics while appreciating his potential as a musician and performer.

For those that haven’t heard him before, McGriff’s previous musical credits include The Real World – Denver, and XM Satellite Radio. He has also opened for bands such as Molly Hatchet and Finger Eleven.

“Crazie” is the opening track and perhaps the strongest one, flavored with a seventies style with modern rock blended in; “Not Again” is reminiscent to the songs of the nineties, “Grave Dancers Union” will remind listeners of groups such as the Spin Doctors, and there is the slightly psychedelic sound present on “Not Again.”

Sweet Tea is one of those albums that touches on a variety of genres while allowing McGriff to show that there is no time like the present; it would be difficult to choose a single from this album, they are all so well executed and totally “sweet” from beginning to end.

For cool sounds for the coming hot season, Sweet Tea is a winning bet!


i love this band!
Please tell your friends about this CD, a must have for lots of different ears.


Give me some tea baby!!!
Swwweet. Need I say more?

Jay Harren - Columbia Records

Very cool indeed!
Congrats on getting your music played on XM SATELLiTE Radio! Very cool indeed. I like the sound of your new project, cool direction for sure!

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Sweet Tea in Georgia!
"Wow...mmmmgooood!!! Hills Rolling's "Sweet Tea" CD is totally sweet from start to finish! The CD package design and t-shirts rule too! A must have for people that love the south." | ADitude Advertising (www.aditudeadvertising.com)


Hills Rolling in NeuFutur Magazine
Hills Rolling is the latest project of Trey McGriff. Individuals may not be immediately familiar with McGriff’s work, but chances are good that they have heard McGriff’s music in the past. This is because McGriff’s music has been played in some capacity on The Real World – Denver, XM Satellite Radio, and different shows created by Comcast. Furthermore, if you have went to a Pepper, Slightly Stoopid, Molly Hatchet, or Finger 11 show, you may have heard McGriff open. The nine tracks on “Sweet Tea” show the reason why McGriff has received these accolades; each of the tracks here show a maturity that few acts or albums have. The disc starts off with “Crazie”, a rock track that skillfully balances between a gritty, seventies style and a more current rock style. The driving guitar riff on “Crazie” is what will tattoo Hills Rolling’s name into the minds and hearts of anyone that has the good fortune of tuning in.

The disc’s second track is “Not Again”, which expands upon the early nineties style that was slightly present during “Crazie”. “Not Again” will play well to fans of acts like “Grave Dancers Union”-era Spin Doctors and even Matthew Sweet. The inclusion of a set of bongos to the track diversifies Hills Rolling’s sound, while the vocal harmonies top off everything like the sweet cherry on a sundae. What is the strongest element to “Sweet Tea” is the fact that McGriff will take the momentum and general sound of the track immediately prior and tweak it for the following track. This means that the slightly psychedelic / trippy sound of “Not Again” is given a much more focal position during “Watching Waves”.

“Watching Waves” is strong for another reason; the vocals drop out during a number of points during the track, allowing the instrumental side of things a proper amount of time to shine. With everything hitting on all cylinders, Hills Rolling are able to make a mini epic in “No I Don’t Mind At All”. A strung-out sound opens up the track, after which different elements (guitar, harmonica) are added in at the proper time, for maximum impact. Touching on so many disparate segments and genres during this track, McGriff is able to show that his time in the sun will be sooner rather than later. Hills Rolling’s “Sweet Tea” is chock full of single-worthy tracks, and one or two will undoubtedly make it onto television shows and rock rotation in the months to come.

Top Tracks: No I Don’t Mind At All, Not Again


Sounds like an acoustic collaboration between Tom Petty and Perry Farrell
Hills Rolling, out of Atlanta, Georgia, is one guy, that being Trey McGriff, who plays everything (and everything is quite a bit) on SWEET TEA, his debut release. While McGriff's myspace page lists a laundry list of influences (as well as a quite fetching young lady doing a simply wonderful job modeling a Hills Rolling tee shirt), not all of them are obviously manifested on SWEET TEA (Tom Petty and Neil Young, Si! Danzig, Diddy, and Rob Zombie? Uh, no), although "Watching Waves" almost sounds like an acoustic collaboration between Tom Petty and Perry Farrell.

SWEET TEA is nine tracks and just under thirty minutes long, and is oddly appealing. Or maybe charming is a better word. McGriff is not a wonderful lyricist, but he's not bad, either, and I can hear strains of real word scribe talent bubbling around in these songs and occasionally bubbling to the surface. "How Much Time" is a good example: "How much time/will it take to walk beside you/I don't mind/if it seems to take forever." It's a simple lyric, but perfectly captures that angst of loving, unrequited from afar. It's not Bob Dylan, but it doesn't have to be, either.

Where I really got drawn into SWEET TEA, however, was on the melodies and arrangements of the tracks. I kept get sucked more and more deeply into the disc after listening to it repeatedly. The arrangements aren't spare, exactly, but McGriff successfully resists the temptation, if any, to throw the everything and the kitchen sink into the mix and then hide behind it. If "Middle Of Nowhere," the only instrumental on SWEET TEA, is a bit self-indulgent, it's not excessively so, and it made me realize --- surprise! --- that I missed McGriff's vocals. A word about those. McGriff does not have a wide vocal range, and he realizes it. His material is suited for his somewhat breathy voice, and if he doesn't have perfect pitch, he's not doing that screeching and yodeling or whatever you want to call it that Dave Mathews does, and that makes me want to open a vein. No, this is the voice of the guy in your college dormitory who plays guitar and writes decent, occasionally great, songs about things you care about and can identify with ("Waiting On You," "Not Again"), and who you can sit and listen to for two or three hours without a break. That's Trey McGriff, and that's SWEET TEA.

SWEET TEA left me wanting at least another glass of Hills Rolling. Or three. Myriad influences notwithstanding, this is good, basic, songwriting with many strengths and few frills. It's worth listening to several times, and more. - www.music-reviewer.com
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