Whitley Hill writes literate, soulful, well-crafted alt-country songs. She also writes fun, irreverent songs for the country market, including a lot of songs for guys to sing. Born and raised in NYC, she worked as a dancer and choreographer for many years. She then moved into songwriting and performing with her band, the Postcards. Of her debut album, We Are Here, All Music Guides said, "Hill's tomes are striking, often moving vignettes; they are microcosmic slices of everyday life relegated to the place of story and legend in her personal iconography. And yes, they are beautiful, even glorious in places. Her band, led by husband, backing vocalist, keyboard boss, and guitar slinger Al Hill, smoke. They could back anybody and make them sound like the glorious heart of Saturday night." Whit now lives in Nashville, TN where she writes and performs. *****She was a 2012 winner of the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Competition.***** Go to www.whithill.com to see more.
2011: One of Whit's songs (co-written with buddy Bill Edwards) was heard on the HBO series True Blood.
2012: Whit was a winner of the Kerrville Folk Festival's New Folk Competition.
Whit Hill and the Postcards was formed in the winter of the year 2001 as a response to the sorry lack of quality alt-country music in the greater Detroit area. Hill was born and raised in New York City, the child of Southern-born actors: a WASP from Mississippi and an Armenian from the moonshine mountains of West Virginia. She was a child actor and performed at New York's famed La Mama theater, with the New York City Shakespeare Festival, and the New York City Opera. She is a drama graduate of NYC's High School for Performing Arts and has a degree in dance from the University of Michigan. For many years she was the artistic director People Dancing, one of the most popular dance companies in Michigan. Whit's dances have been commissioned and performed by companies across the country.
But she really likes music. As a singer, Whit was a member of Dick Siegel and the Na-Nas, with whom she toured the country, from New York's Bottom Line to the Vancouver Music Festival, performing and helping to arrange that band's signature theatrics. Fronting the Postcards, she has opened for Pam Tillis, and performed at the Ark, the Wheatland Music Festival, the Ann Arbor Folk Festival, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, the A2 Art Fairs, the Firefly Club, and in clubs and theaters throughout the Detroit/Toledo area.
Whit's husband Al Hill has toured the country with blues greats Johnnie Bassett and Alberta Adams and the world with Motown legend Bettye Lavette. His album Willie Mae, co-written with Whit, was voted Best Blues CD by the Detroit/Windsor Blues Society, and helped his band, Al Hill and the Love Butlers win the 2000 Best Unsigned Blues Band competition at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago.
Whit Hill and the Postcards' first CD, We Are Here, (Home Run Records) features 14 songs about circus performers, bloodbath bar robberies, paramecia, driving to Detroit, traveling via sleeper car, love, disappointment, and alternate uses for the kitchen table. One audience favorite is about Whit's long-ago friendship with the most famous woman in the world. All this via a sound that blends country, soul, and Southern rock.
The Detroit Free Press called the album "one of the top 2003 premieres by anybody anywhere."
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