If the smokier, darker edge of alt-country is where you like to dwell, if the likes of Steve Earle, Michael Stipe, Bruce Springsteen or Elvis Costello feature heavily on your favourite playlist then it’s time to meet Bill Hickman. Bill Hickman and his band will play the Boathouse Nelson on the 22nd of November, celebrating the release of his latest album ‘Crossbones’.
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 (Adam Crawford - Drums, Tom Joass – Bass and Cameron ‘Dusty’ Burnell - Mandolin and slide guitar) on Sunday 24th November will feature Bill’s strong gravel dragged voice, intimate songwriting and country-inflected acoustic guitar. ‘Crossbones’ brings a journey from the sweet to the anarchic from the alt-country ballad, through pop, kick-arse country to hard-hitting alt-rock. You’ll also no 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)
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.