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Peter Case with Special Guest Bob Hillman

Acclaimed singer/songwriter/guitarist Peter Case brings his eclectic and charming mix of folk, blues, rock and soul to The Back Room for a special solo acoustic performance.

In his long career, Peter has worked with T Bone Burnett, John Doe, Richard Thompson, Ben Harper, Joe Ely, Dave Alvin, Roger McGuinn, Van Dyke Parks and John Hiatt, to name a few, and he was the leader of the seminal power pop/punk bands The Nerves and The Plimsouls. His solo career has been prolific - spanning three decades, a dozen albums, countless tours, three Grammy nominations, and a tribute album featuring John Prine, Chuck Prophet, Victoria Williams, and Dave Alvin. 

In Peter's own words, "I'm a singer/songwriter that uses all the American styles to get my stories across: Blues. Rock & Roll. Country. Soul. R& some rhythmic influences from around the world. I'm trying to forge my own style out of those inherited materials..."

After over a decade away from the stage and studio, Bob Hillman returns with the full-length album Lost Soul. The album’s title is ironic in the sense that, with his longtime musical mentor ex-Plimsoul Peter Case at the helm, the San Francisco-based singer/songwriter has found his way out of the creative wilderness. He taps back into literate, tuneful songwriting that defined his earlier material but moves beyond the Americana-leaning folk-rock of his past to embrace a contemporary sonic landscape; the result is a less crafted, more visceral album. 

During Hillman’s initial run as a recording artist in the early 2000s, he made two albums with Tommy West—famous for his hit-making with Jim Croce and many others—and toured extensively with Suzanne Vega. He also earned praise from people like Susan Stamberg of All Things Considered, who said: “Welcome To My Century is a storytelling pot of skilled musicianship and serious yet often comical compositions that are sure to please…that song about War and Peace is enough to make you want to pick up 'War and Peace' and start reading it.” Acoustic Live echoed: “Hillman sings in a deadpan vocal style and brings a dry sense of humor to the table; so dry that some listeners may not realize just how clever and insightful a lyricist he can be. But Hillman’s lyrics have a lot of meat on their bones.”

Tickets are $25 and are available at the door. You may reserve your seat in advance by emailing and using the word "Tickets" in your Subject line. Please indicate the number of seats you would like us to hold in the body of your email. If you have any questions or need more information, please call us at #510-654-3808. 

Earlier Event: August 3
Later Event: August 6
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