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Peter Case with special guest Bob Hillman

One of the most well-respected singer/songwriters of his generation, Peter Case is an artist whose eclectic body of work embraces rock & roll, contemporary folk, blues, and a number of points in between. As a songwriter, Case has shown himself to be a master storyteller with a special understanding of underdogs and lost souls, and his direct, passionate style as a singer and guitarist has served him well in both electric and acoustic contexts.

On his most recent release, Peter put his focus back on acoustic music for his 2015 album, HWY 62, which features guitar work from Ben Harper. It is Case's first album for Omnivore Recordings, which brought out an expanded edition of his solo debut in time for its 30th anniversary in 2016.

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 $20 and are available in advance at the link below or at the door on the night of the show. Doors open one hour before show time. The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB space. If you have any questions or need more information, please call us at #510-654-3808. 

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The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol