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Graham Hill with Skye Alexander & Russ Pollock

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Graham Hill is a singer/songwriter and musician originally from Armonk, N.Y. After spending several years in Los Angeles working as a professional bassist, he relocated to Oakland in 2004 and began pursuing his passion for songwriting in earnest. Inspired by greats such as Townes Van Zandt, Jason Isbell, and Jim Croce, Graham brings an understated confidence to his music, incorporating elements of traditional folk, country, and modern Americana. He combines memorable, provocative melodies with honest, insightful lyrics touching on themes of resilience, despair, and compassion.

Graham’s debut album, Blue-Eyed Renegade, is an introspective look at the spiritual and material challenges that go hand-in-hand with human existence. 

From the liner notes:
“This album is about the dark, unsteady terrain we sometimes have to navigate on our path to happiness. It is about the acceptance of struggle as a gift to be embraced rather than an enemy to be feared. There can be beauty in despair if we know where to look for it. Most importantly, it is about the certainty that none of us is alone and we are meant to help each other along the way. “

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Skye Alexander loves to sing the traditional songs of the British Isles and North America. Born in British Columbia and raised in the folk music scene in the Pacific Northwest, she performed at folk festivals as a kid before studying classical singing. Now back to her traditional music roots, she has played at festivals including the Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Faire, the El Cerrito Free Folk Festival, and the Bay Celtic Festival.

Russ Pollock has been singing and playing acoustic guitar since his teen years, and found his early inspiration in the fingerstyle playing of Richard Thompson, John Renbourn and Stephan Grossman. In recent years, he has been immersed in songs from Americana, roots and contemporary folk traditions, including songs by such artists as Townes Van Zandt, John Prine, Richard Thompson, Mandolin Orange, Doc Watson, Tim O'Brien, Steve Earle and Fred Eaglesmith. Russ is also a member of the occasional Berkeley-based acoustic band Cahoots. 

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!