Detroit Metro Times: December 5, 2003
Artist Of The Week: Whit Hill and the Postcards
Friday, December 5, 2003
Singer/songwriter’s star is rising
By Melody Baetens
ANN ARBOR — Those who know Whit Hill have been appreciating her many talents for years. Now it’s time for the world to know her as a gifted songwriter as well.
The performer has an extensive background in theater, dance and opera. A New York City native, she graduated from NYC’s High School for the Performing Arts and also has a dance degree from the University of Michigan.
Hill toured the country as a singer in the folk rock group Dick Siegel and the Na-Nas and opened for country star Pam Tillis before forming the Postcards in 2001.
Whit Hill and the Postcards, which features Hill’s husband, Al Hill, have conquered the Ann Arbor music scene, performing at the Summer Festival’s Top of the Park, the Ann Arbor Art Fair and the Firefly jazz club. The group’s most recent accomplishment is the release of its debut CD “We Are Here” (Home Run Records). The album earned Hill a four-star review from the Web-based All Music Guide.
“Performing with Al is wonderful, and we love to sing together,” says Whit Hill. “His faith in me gave me a lot of freedom to write, and I think it works both ways.”
Name: Whit Hill and the Postcards.
Lineup: Whit Hill, vocals; Al Hill, vocals, keyboards, guitar; Patrick Prouty, bass; Tim Gahagan, drums.
Sound: The new CD is chockfull of country twangs, tales of lost love and the weary road. Remarkable guitar and piano playing are plentiful, but it’s Hill’s songwriting that makes “We Are Here” a disc that critics and alt-country fans will remember for years to come.
Discography: “We Are Here,” CD (2003, Home Run Records).
Melody Baetens is a Metro Detroit free-lance writer.