About Cass Hunter...
INTERESTS / HOBBIES:
Singing, writing songs, mandolin, guitar, piano, gardening, painting, theater productions, radio commercial voice-overs / jingles / production, & horseback riding.
Album, "Honey House - Cass & Billy" - HillTrax Recording Studio. Nov. '06.
Cass & Billy Trio: Guitar / Mandolin / Upright Bass. Currently booking in and around Houston, TX, San Diego, CA, Nashville, TN, and Birmingham, AL.
Cass & Billy Band: Mandolin, Lead Guitar, Bass, & Drums. Mar., 2000 - present. Nashville venues as "Cass & th' Quarter Dozen": 3rd & Lindsley, JC's Bullseye - 3 yrs., Hall of Fame Lounge, Blenders, LA Lounge & Social Club, Tootsies Orchid Lounge - 2 yrs., Legends Corner, Rippy's, Sophie's Saloon, The Bluegrass Inn, Margo's, Ralph's Sports Bar, Edgehill Studios, etc...) AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, TN, & TX bookings.
Liberty Opry - Liberty, TX: Cass as featured artist & appearing as "Miss Understood" w/comedy on each performance date. Providing costumed tributes to Brenda Lee & Patsy Cline for Legends Show. www.libertyopry.com Jun. '06, Aug. '06, + plans for '07
Destination Nashville - Nashville, TN Corporate Client Events entertainer. Host/participant/organizer of talent for "Hit Songwriters-in-the-Round" Events. Oct., 2005 - present.
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center - Nashville, TN
VIP Corporate Client Events entertainer. Providing (singing/speaking) impersonations of Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, and Dolly Parton, original music performed with acoustic instruments, and host/participant/organizer of talent for "Hit Songwriters-in-the-Round" Events. May, 2002 - present.
Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival - Perdido Key, FL/AL line. Every Nov. since 1999. www.fbisf.com
Brian Loftin & the Texas Reflections Band - Houston, TX
www.brianloftinband.com 5-pc. band playing the Texas dancehall circuit/Rodeo events/private parties. Variety of styles including but not limited to Texas Music & Top-40 Country. Feb., '05 - May., '06.
Lone Star Music Revue - Huntsville, TX Family entertainment at the Old Town Theater. Lead vocals, harmonies, occasionally mandolin, composed & performed a comedy skit in each show as "Miss Truly Understood."
Billy: lead guitar. June-Nov. '05
Opening act for Marty Stuart - Cass & Billy as an acoustic duo. Private event - McHenry, IL 7/26/03
Enduring Freedom Concert - 101st Airborne - Fort Campbell, KY 6/11/02 Duet with Colte Bradley & concert finale with George Jones, Barbara Fairchild, The Smiths, and LeRoy Parnell. Broadcasted overseas to troops in addition to 12,000 on-site.
HIGHWAY LEGENDS TRIBUTE SHOW: Portraying Patsy Cline & Dolly Parton during tribute & opening with original material. 40+ performances in TN, AL, FL, OH,& WV. 5/27/00 - 12/31/02.
1st Album,*CASS2000* - Soundmith Recording Studio. Feb., '00.
10/28/01 Backstage Pass
featured AMN Productions
09/07/01 CMT Video Dating Game Pilot
featured-speaking Moore-Higgs Casting
11/08/93 "Pair of 38's" Music Video
dance coordinator BRR Productions
Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree - AM650 - WSM Radio after the Opry. Eight appearances May-June of 1998. Texas Troubadour Theater, Nashville, TN.
Original material performed 4/19/97.
CROWD APPEALING SING-A-LONG SHOWS / "Karaoke with Cass" 1991-1998 Booked and hosted 2500+ shows in the south-eastern states. Highlights:
1993 - Emcee-Nabisco Stage- City Stages Music Festival-Birmingham, AL
1992 - Host of "Birmingham Music Awards"- T.J. Roberts- Birmingham, AL
1992 - Emcee - "Talent Showdown" at the Alabama Theater of Fine Arts
* the following are examples of Nashville - area weekly bookings, each lasting a number of years: Shooters, Levi's & Hanks, Lady Levi's, Bonus Hill, Bikini Beach, Antioch Bar & Grille, Larry's Loading Zone, Greenlands's Pub, Barbara's, Lonnie's Western Room, Gilley's, and Gilley's Nitelife.
National Anthem - Nashville Ice Flyers Hockey Team - Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN in Jan., 1998
"A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline" - Texas Troubadour Theater, Nashville, TN. 1997-1998. "Patsy" understudy with two performances in the 1998 season & full-time stage manager for both seasons, as well as recording and mixing for the Ernest Tubb Celebrity Spotlight Studio.
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees - Local 46. 1996-97
WNQM AM 1300 / WWCR Short Wave Radio - Board Operator, Promotions, and PSA Production. 4/96 - 12/96
Dealer Marketing Shurlock Alarm lead Video 2000
U.S. Tin Water Filter Company lead Video 2000
Gilley's on Music Row and Gilley's Nitelife on Music Valley Drive., Nashville, TN featured artist. April-Sept. 1994
Nashville- February of 1992-2003 & still learning while back & forth from TX-TN
1995-1996 - Draughons Junior College- Nashville, TN - Graduated. Radio Broadcasting; Summa Cum Laude.
1990-1991 - University of Alabama- Birmingham, AL - Business.
1988-1990 - Hewitt Trussville High School- Trussville, AL - Graduated. Academic Honors Diploma, 1990 Professionalism Award, Offered music scholarship to University of Montevallo.
1989 Publication of Who's Who in Music - listed as Cassundra Isom.
About Billy Hillman... (abridged version)
Billy has been playing guitar since his early teens. He has formulated his unique sound by integrating elements
of country, rock, blues, and swing. With his articulate finger-picking, Billy weaves melody into each song's chordal structure to create a distinct playing style.
Nashville Studio Musician - including Monty & the Pythons "The Real Thing" featured on the Texas Music Chart.
Guitarist for national touring artists including David Ball (8 yrs), Sara Evans, and Steve Holy.
Grand Ole Opry performances - many times
Televised performances on the following television programs: House of Blues, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Austin City Limits, The Statler Brothers Show, Prime Time Country, and Music City Tonight.
Nicknamed by fellow musicians as the "wiz" in his ProTools Studio. Billy produced an album for Texas Artist, Micah Sims, in 2004. A joint project with Cass Hunter, "Cass & Billy - Honey House", released in Nov., 2006.