About Sam Otis Hill
Sam Otis Hill is a Boston-based singer-songwriter whose influences include Steve Earle, Neil Young, Robert Earl Keen, Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt.
Named after Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, he grew up on a steady diet of Stax/Volt LPs, and glimpses of that influence appear in his singing, but his dad was also a Hank Williams fan and the first song Sam sang was "Cold, Cold Heart"--to his mom after being sent to his room. It got him off the hook and he decided he was on to something.
In high school, he cut his teeth playing Neil Young and Dylan covers in coffeehouses around Boston and began writing his own songs. But it was the music of Jerry Jeff Walker, David Allan Coe, Steve, Townes, and Guy, introduced to him by his Texan roommate in college, that forever altered both his musical tastes and sobriety.
After a few years wandering in the professional desert, Sam rejoined the Boston scene in 2005. As frontman for The Billies, he brought the music of Jerry Jeff, DAC, and REK to area bars and hosted the monthly Boston City Limits Festival at the old Kirkland Cafe.
Since striking out on his own again in 2008, Sam keeps writing new songs and is continually dusting off some old ones. Joining him as part of Sam Otis Hill & Co. are Charlie Breckling (fiddle), Mike Powers (lead guitar), Jon Reese (bass), and Denis Saulnier (drums). While Sam writes the songs, these guys turn them into the kind of music that allows you to drink, nod your head, and tap your foot all at the same time. So "come see us 'cross the street, come see us 'round the bend, that joint just off the highway--come alone, bring a friend. Find yourself some roadside bar that's seen a better day, set right down and have a beer, we'll soon be 'round to play..."
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