Oakland, CA based alt-country/folk rock band Dillbilly is the musical project of songwriter, Denise Dill, currently featuring Squeak on Bass, Ieela Grant on drums, Rhonda Kinard on guitars, and Jenni Cleary on backup vocals.
Dillbilly has performed across the U.S. and Canada over the past 16 years releasing 10 full length albums of both solo and collaborative projects. Committed to making music with integrity Dill is independent and motivated to create fiery sounds with local ingredients by their own hands. Recording, producing, and writing all original songs ranging from acoustic folk to looping electronica and full fledged rock, Dill is a genre shapeshifter and a gender bender. Their collaborative projects in the past and present include Gussie & Grits, Fleetwood Macrame, Pineries, Oldmanforest, Sunfisher, Orenda, Singing Bois, and Jenni and the Jerks.
Whether the vehicle of the song is guitar, uke, banjo, sax, or piano, Dill’s songwriting is “[…] so strong you can taste it. It is sweet, spicy, savory, organic, homegrown, lots of twists, sometimes complex, sometimes so simple, and oh so very delicious! Their albums makes you want to sit in a rocking chair on a front porch in the fall while eating peach salsa, or wander out deep in the woods without knowing were you’ll end up,” says artist and friend Margaret Belton of San Franscisco, CA.
Branching into filmscoring, Dillbilly has composed for two full length films from Roundpoint Movies videomaker, Craig Saddlemire as well as one TV series. Neighbor by Neighbor: Mobilizing an Invisible Community in Lewiston, ME (2009) features a theme song written by Dill. Household: Four Stories of Kinship and Community (2013) features an original soundtrack to the full length documentary. Finally, My So-called Housing Cooperative (2013), a web TV series features a theme song written by Dill.
Dill’s most recent full length solo release, Heavy Joi, is ”a sparkling work of thought and labor. Heavy JOI is evidence of Dill’s growth as an artist showcasing a complete and mature batch of thirteen songs that gives this album both weight and levity, as the album title implies. Dill’s lyrics and instrumentation are meaningful and complex. Each component is about substance not style. She broaches difficult and complicated emotional issues that adults experience but are rarely able to articulate in such a beautiful way. I doubt Denise Dill has received nearly as much goodwill as other lesser singer/songwriters, and she has certainly received less than she deserves. For now, I’ll leave Heavy JOI on my list of records which require further inspection. I’ll plan to revisit it frequently and slowly digest all of its brilliant detail.”,” says music enthusiast and critic Elijah True of Lewiston, ME. To purchase a copy of Heavy Joi, as well as other recordings visit Cdbaby, Itunes, Amazon, or Bandcamp.
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