Terry Hill, a music veteran originally from Montana but now living on the Oregon Coast has performed widely in the U.S., Canada, and Europe for over 50 years and continues to entertain audiences with his Americana "story songs," with his sense of humor, with his albums "Grapevine Warp" and "Backyard Buckaroo," and his brand new release on Nashville's GrooveTractor Records, "Logic of the Heart."
"Terry, you're the greatest." Little Richard
Terry Hill hails from Northwest Montana, and was raised in the shadow of Glacier National Park in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. He was born just after World War II and grew up listening to Hank Williams, Frank Sinatra, Ernest Tubb, Faron Young, Les Paul & Mary Ford, The Weavers, Perry Como, Hank Snow, and countless other classic singers during those postwar years. Terry was nine years old the year that Elvis had his first hit, so Terry can say that he literally grew up with rock and roll.
During the folk music craze of the 1960s, Terry was inspired to learn guitar by a teacher with a battered old Martin. During the summer of 1964, Terry formed a folk music group with Terry Robinson (later a founding member of Mission Mountain Wood Band and The Montana Band) and four other friends. The Greenwood Singers had the thrill of hearing their music on the radio for the first time. In the mid-60s, Terry turned to rock and roll with the award-winning Missoula, Montana band The Noblemen.
In the late 1970s and early 80s, Terry was a founding member of Dogwater, a country rock and electric bluegrass band that toured extensively in the western United States and appeared on the compilation vinyl album "Montana Gold."
During the 1980s, Terry performed as a solo act, in duos (with Steve Sellars and later with Craig Davey in Elmo and Bigarm) and in bands (The Terry Hill Band, TnT, Men With Hair) on stages in the U.S. and Canada.
Between 1990 and 1994, Terry appeared with Steve Sellars in the popular duo The Bookhouse Boys. The "Boys" released a sellout album "Fish Dance Music" in 1992.
In 1993, during a season-long engagement at Moose's at Big Mountain (now Whitefish Mountain) Resort, The Bookhouse Boys were involved in a serious auto accident in which Terry was badly injured. After he recovered, Terry decided to enroll in law school. He continued to perform part time until graduating from law school in 1997, then retired from an active music career. Terry continued playing and writing, and in 2008, decided to produce a solo album of original material. During production of that project, which eventually became the album "Grapevine Warp," Terry resumed his performing career.
After 15 years of law practice, Terry retired to the Oregon coast, but continues his music career. In 2015, his partner Steve Sellars also moved to the coast and the Bookhouse Boys were reunited and continue to perform. And now --- Nashville's GrooveTractor Records has released Terry's third solo album, "Logic of the Heart."
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1964 -- The Greenwood Singers -- recorded live at KOFI studios, Kalispell, Montana (private release, currently available for streaming on Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/search?q=Greenwood%20Singers )
1980 -- "Go Down Easy" with Dogwater -- part of the compilation album "Montana Gold" recorded at Bitterroot Recording, Missoula, Montana
1992 -- "Fish Dance Music" with The Bookhouse Boys -- recorded at Sight and Sound Studios, Columbia Falls, MT originally released on cassette, now available on a limited basis on CD
2011 -- "Melophobia" -- recorded at Garland Street Studio, Kalispell, Montana (limited private release - fan club premium)
2011 -- "Grapevine Warp" recorded at Snoring Hound Studios, Somers, Montana ; Basecamp Studio, Bozeman, Montana; and Cunningham Studios, Boise, Idaho. Recorded between May 2008 and August 2010. Released in April, 2011.
2012 -- "Backyard Buckaroo" recorded September and October, 2011 at The Two Acre Wood, Lolo, Montana
2013 -- "Music and Books" -- Single track available for download only, recorded November, 2011 at Basecamp Studio, Bozeman, Montana.
2017 -- "Logic of the Heart" -- on Nashville's GrooveTractor Records, recorded at Big Green Studio, Nashville, Tennessee, between January, 2016 and January, 2017.