Acoustic roots with guts, gravel and smoke
If the smokier, darker edge of alt-country is where you like to dwell, if Steve Earle or Ryan Adams feature heavily on your favourite playlist then it’s time to meet Bill Hickman. Bill Hickman and his band Billy Bones will play The Common Room on Friday 4th May.
Wellingtonian Bill Hickman has a voice that has you coming back for more, like a great shot of coffee it’s rich, dark, smokey and sexy as hell. Having sung over many a noisy bar he can belt it out with the best of them but he can equally deliver an achingly beautiful ballad.
The show from Bill Hickman and his band on Friday night 4th May will feature Bill’s strong gravel dragged voice, intimate songwriting and country inflected acoustic guitar. You’ll know doubt hear tunes from his 2010 EP Ghost of Smoke ‘Over the space of just five songs he shows us what makes genuinely great roots music so utterly compelling’. (C.Haze, Spoke Magazine) and plenty that are in the pipeline for his upcoming 2018 album.
Fans of Warren Zevon, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams will hear touchstones in his songwriting and selected covers but if there's a story worth telling then Bill is not one to be limited by genres or outfits. He’ll deliver Lyle Lovett’s beautiful ‘If I had a boat’ and Fred Eaglesmith’s hard-hitting ’49 Tons’ with equal weight and impact.
Don’t be fooled into thinking this will be an evening of quiet melancholy, Bill’s ‘primarily acoustic approach is gutsy too’, this man has done his time ‘screaming and yelling with metal bands’ and knows how and when to kick it up a gear.
His side men of choice on Friday 4th May are Cameron Dusty Burnell on slide guitar and mando (Frank Burkitt Band), Nick Swan (Jacky Tar) on guitar and mando and Adam Crawford (Arcane Saints) on drums.
Bill Hickman is a long serving stalwart of NZ stages and bars, having played in bands (The Shot Band, King Lazy and Parcel of Rogues) and as a soloist all over the country and further abroad. Over the years he has opened for a wide diversity of acts from metal's Pantera to alt country royalty Gillian Welch and David Rawlings’ debut tour of NZ ‘Bill had the unenviable task of playing to an audience desperate to hear the headliner, but over the course of three sold out nights he got up and stunned not only the audience but also the main act themselves’. (C.Haze, Spoke Magazine)
‘Bill Hickman is a magical craftsman of songs. He will leave you spellbound. A must see.’ (C. O’Shea, Americana Show, Radio Active)
Head to the Common Room on Friday 4th May for an evening of acoustic roots with guts, gravel and smoke with the Bill Hickman and his band. Bill Hickman and Billy Bones, The Common Room, Hastings, show from 8.00pm, $10 on the door.