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Gravity...and Other Things That Keep You Down to Earth

by Byron Hill

An acoustic adventure from one of Nashville's leading songwriters, with stellar performances by some of the best players around.
Genre: Country: Progressive Country
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1. After You're Gone
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2. Took Her to the Moon
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3. Trail of String
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4. Gravity
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5. Eyes of Wonder
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6. Hold That Thought
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7. That's What Love Will Make You Do
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8. Musical Chairs
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9. Serious Crime
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10. Plan B
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11. Love's in the Here and Now
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12. Politics, Religion and Her
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13. You Sure Peeled the Onion
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14. Thanks for the G Chord
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REVIEWS:

"The charm of the vocal ('Took Her To The Moon') is equaled only by the splendidly jaunty accompaniment and the totally clever lyric" -Robert K. Oermann, Music Row Magazine, 12/23/99.

"Gravity distills away the caricatured elements of country music that have misinformed so many people, and celebrates the art of writing simple, compelling songs." -Taylor Guitars, Discover The Indies, 12/99.

"Now, after all these years, he steps to the forefront with his own debut album...and not surprisingly it is filled with musical gems." -Larry Delaney, Country Music News, 2/00.

"This CD demonstrates that no amount of studio gimmickry or big budget production tricks can improve upon a well-crafted song that is performed in a straight-forward manner. I only wish that more contemporary country music was as honest." -Steven Stone, Vintage Guitar Magazine, 2/00.

"Delivered with thoughtful dispassion, Hill's lyrics are complemented by a spare guitar and understated bass slaps......Hill excels at a kind of lyrical enjambment that causes songs to become entangled in one's mind..." - Clarissa Sansone, Country Standard Time, 2/00.

"Byron Hill's new album is the perfect example of finely crafted songs possessing wit, character and tunefulness presented with excellent musicianship and style. Highly recommended!" - Sonny Thomas, Fiddle & Bow, Winston-Salem, NC, 3/00.

"His affinity for those character songs shows....'Took Her To The Moon' is a good example....Hill's understated vocals accompanied by spare acoustic instrumentation bring out the tongue-in-cheek humor of the song." - George Olsen, Max Magazine, Jacksonville, NC, 3/00.

"With a voice sounding like a cross between Guy Clark and Don Williams at their peak, Byron Hill is certainly a welcome addition to the singer/songwriter scene." - Jim Marshall, British Country Music Association (BCMA) Magazine, 4/00.

"...one of the finest recordings we've played this year..." -Lluis Sala, La Diligencia, Ona Catalana, Girona, SPAIN, 4/00

"Thank you so much for the "Gravity" CD....Byron's wonderful melodies and voice will easily find a place on my play-list". - Michel PENARD, Radio ISA, Lhuis, FRANCE, 4/00

"That Hill has elected not to have any percussion and has used a standup bass over the fretted kind...in other words,...an unplugged set...has given the album an intimate feel, reinforced by Hill's warm, gentle vocals, and one almost feels as if attending a guitar pull or a songwriter's night." -Jon Philibert, Country Music People Magazine (UK), May 2000.

"Wow! This is some of the best songwriting I've heard. While this is Byron Hill's first album as a singer, he's been a songwriter for years and his talent and skill are amply demonstrated in Gravity ... and other things that keep you down to Earth, set off by his warm resonant voice." -Amanda Fisher, Rambles, Cultural Arts Magazine

"Throughout this excellent disc..Hill's warm and fuzzy voice enriches the melodies and brings home the content of each song in near-perfect fashion. This is definitely a deserted island disc, and one that is getting increasing difficult to remove from the CD player." -Michael Clark, The Loafer, Kingsport, TN

"...the kind of distinctive country talent that Nashville should be (but sadly, is not) rushing to record." -John Lupton, Sing Out!

"Byron´s smooth baritone with a bit of a rough edge is naturally expressive and beautiful, and a pleasure to listen to. Singing harmonies as well is like double fudge ice cream with nuts and swirls - double the pleasure." -Guntram Gudowius, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

"Byron Hill is a Nashville songwriter who has been covered by a "who's who" of country artists. It's no wonder his first album is full of solidly crafted songs that are as warm and melodic as they are enjoyable." -JLe, Dirty Linen

"This is a good Cd that really deserves to be in every country fans collection." - Smålands COUNTRY CLUB (Newspaper) Vimmerby, SWEDEN, 2001, by Christer Sjöblad

"Hill's distinct tenor provides rich vocals on the album, dominated by slow songs and acoustic guitar. It has a simple appeal, and Hill's percussion-free tunes are qualified to be soothing bedtime favorites." - THE DAILY TARHEEL, University of North Carolina, Carmen Woodruff-Staff Writer

CREDITS:

Guest musicians on the album are: B. James Lowry (Acoustic Guitar & Co-producer) who's many past recording credits include Faith Hill, Asleep At The Wheel, Mark Chesnutt, Leann Rimes, Tim McGraw, Duane Eddy, Juice Newton, Martina McBride, Olivia Newton-John, Reba McEntire, and Gary Allan; David Hungate (Upright Bass) the former founding member of the Los Angeles band Toto and leading Nashville bassist with credits that include Brooks & Dunn, Ricky Skaggs, Neil Diamond, Randy Travis, Joe Cocker, George Strait, Linda Ronstadt, Rodney Crowell, and The Horse Whisperer soundtrack LP; Sonny Garrish (Dobro) the legendary pedal steel/dobroist who has played on decades of albums by Willie Nelson, EmmyLou Harris, Leon Russell, Faith Hill, Randy Travis, Ricky Skaggs, Sammy Kershaw, The Judds, George Strait, and Merle Haggard; Aubrey Haynie (Fiddle & Mandolin) the Sugar Hill Records artist who was nominated for Bluegrass Music Association 1998 Fiddle Player Of The Year, and played on recordings by Shania Twain, Randy Travis, Pam Tillis, Mark Wills, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Lonesome River Band; and the very cool Jelly Roll Johnson (Harmonica) who's sack full of Hohners have graced the albums of Alabama, Ricky Scaggs, The Judds, BB King, Alison Krauss, Randy Travis, Kenny Rogers, Guy Clark, Tim McGraw, Marty Stuart, Shania Twain, Don Williams, and Trisha Yearwood.

BIO:

Byron Hill is from Winston-Salem, NC. Byron moved to Nashville in April of 1978 and signed his first songwriting contract with ATV Music Group in September of 1978, where the hits started happening for Byron as a writer in 1979 with Joe Sun's "Out Of Your Mind", and in 1981 with Johnny Lee's "Pickin' Up Strangers", with many other cuts and several smaller singles along the way. Byron co-wrote George Strait's first number one "Fool Hearted Memory" in 1982, and many other early cuts including recordings by artists such as Ray Charles, Juice Newton, Conway Twitty, Mel McDaniel, Ricky Skaggs, Margo Smith, and Reba McEntire. In 1984, after the sale and closing of ATV Music, Byron began four years as an independent songwriter/publisher, writing the Ed Bruce #4 single "Nights", as well as songs recorded by Kenny Rogers, Anne Murray, George Jones, Tom Wopat, and others. Since 1988 his songs have been published by Sony/ATV Music, Warner Chappell Music, and Universal Music Publishing. His hits continued with Alabama's #1 single "Born Country", "Alright Already" by Larry Stewart, "Lifestyles Of The Not So Rich And Famous" by Tracy Byrd, "If I Was A Drinkin' Man" by Neal McCoy, "High-Tech Redneck" by George Jones, "Politics, Religion And Her" by Sammy Kershaw, "Nothing On But The Radio" by Gary Allan, "Size Matters" by Joe Nichols, and other singles.

Byron's songs have generated more than 559 recordings, earning seventy-seven RIAA certified gold and platinum awards, ten ASCAP awards, twenty-two U.S. and Canadian top-ten chart hits including seven number ones. He has new songs on current and upcoming albums by Rhonda Vincent, Porter Wagoner, The Road Hammers, Gord Bamford and others. His work as a producer includes three albums for Gary Allan on Decca Records, an album for Gil Grand on Monument Records, an album for Kathy Mattea on Mercury Records, a long-time producer/co-writer association with singer/songwriter Mike Dekle which includes four albums, and he has produced several other international and independent artists along the way, past and present.

Byron performs as a singer/songwriter in Nashville and around the southeast. Byron's own albums are available online at www.cdbaby.com, and at Byron's website at www.byronhillmusic.com.


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Great country record. One of Nashville's leading songwriters, with stellar performances by some of the best players around.

Nigel Edison

Simply amazing! This is the naked truth when it comes to great song writing.
As a fellow singer/song writer, ironically I cannot begin to express the words that describe the pure talent of this singer/songer writer. I am truley impressed!
I need your songs! My 3 year old demo is @ cdbaby.com/nigeledison.

Martin Wayne

Sweet and to the point!
I was lucky enough to get to sing some demos for Byron earlier in his career (mid 80's) and even got to write a few songs with him (nothing of note...but, hey...even his talent couldn't make Gold from water! He's a great songwriter...not an alchemist! Regardless, I still cherish the time we spent together and was SO pleased when I first put on Gravity. It makes me wonder now why he paid me to sing demos for him! His vocals, both warm and tender, convey so much better than I ever did the essence of what he meant to say all along. Message and delivery! So simple, and yet so effective. The sparce, tasteful production makes me remember the very thing that drew me to the pursuit of this art form in the first place. Thanks for the memories, Byron...and thanks for Gravity! I play it often!

Paul Hunnecutt

There are not enough words to sum this up. Great!!!!!!!
Everything has already been said on the bio page. I agree with all of them. This is too good for me to try to describe. Thanks for the great sound.