Here Come More Great Reviews For Feller And Hill…Again!

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Our latest album, “Here Come Feller and Hill…Again!”, is still receiving great reviews and we would like to share a couple of them with you. Our friends over at the Prescription Bluegrass Blog have released the latest review found at the link below:

http://prescriptionbluegrassreviews.blogspot.com/2014/11/cd-review-feller-hill-here-come-feller.html#more

Another great review from the good folks over at Bluegrass Unlimited magazine can be found at the link below:

http://bluegrassmusic.com/content/2014/reviews/feller-hill-come-feller-hill/

We had such a great time making this album and we’re still excited about it. If you haven’t picked up a copy of it yet, get on over to the Feller and Hill store and put one in your cart. We’ve got plenty left and they make great Christmas gifts.

So pick one up today and see what everyone’s talking about!

 

Lonnie Feller on the mend

Lonnie, eldest brother of Tom Feller (Feller and Hill) is in need of prayers. He was admitted early Monday morning to University of Cincinnati West Hospital with chest pains where doctors discovered immediately a 100% blockage. A stent was placed which immediately helped make him more comfortable. He was then transferred to downtown UC hospital, in the intensive care unit, for recovery.

On Wednesday, Lonnie was moved from ICU, after his heart showed a ten percent increase in blood flow. There doesn’t appear to be any long-term damage and he may get to come home today and return to work as soon as next week. The prayer requests seem to be working and we ask that you continue to pray and show support.

Lonnie Feller

Over the past 30+ years, Lonnie has quietly learned and mastered the banjo stylings of Sonny and Wynn Osborne, JD Crowe, and Sammy Shelor, and continues to play locally, at many churches across the area. He helped to form the bluegrass gospel group Crimson Hill several years back. Lonnie just turned 49 in September and has been in the flooring business most of his adult life, while playing music in his free time.

Lonnie has recently added lead singing to his arsenal and a fine singer, he is. The video link below features him at a recent performance at Hope Baptist Church, in Dillsboro, Indiana, with Pastor Tom Holt and Jeremiah Gabbard on guitars.

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10203737586133773&set=vb.1041878292&type=2&theater

Prayers, card and letters for the support of his speedy recovery can be sent to tom@fellerandhill.com, or:

Feller and Hill Music, LLC
c/o: Lonnie Feller
527 Ridge Ave
Greendale, IN. 47025

Don’t forget about Feller and Hill appearing Valentine’s Day Weekend!

How will you celebrate this Valentine’s Day weekend? Maybe some great bluegrass music is the perfect Valentine’s Day treat for your sweetie. Shake the cabin fever blues and get out and have a good time with Feller and Hill this weekend. Join them Friday night at 8:00 pm at the American Legion Post # 235, in Milan, Indiana. Hear them sing their brand-new hit song, written by Tom T. Hall, the Government Blues.Feller and Hill Valentines

On Saturday night, Feb 15th, Feller and Hill will appear at the Wayne County Coonhunters Club, in Milton, Indiana. For more information regarding this venue, contact Mark Poe at (765)-914-2780. Come on out and join Feller and Hill for a weekend of hot music and fun!

Ray Price: There’s Not Any Like You Left

photo courtesy of www.hilltopstudios.com

photo courtesy of www.hilltopstudios.com

Our intentions for starting this blog page, from the beginning, have been a means to communicate in a casual way and engage our fans with the daily happenings of Feller and Hill. It was certainly not intended as a forum to discuss those who have gone on. With that said, I have received an overwhelming positive response to the last couple of posts, in which I discussed this very thing and how those heroes of ours have affected our lives and our musical careers. With this in mind, I will attempt to point out a few ways that Ray Price changed my musical and personal life.

I will admit that I discovered Ray and his music just recently, in the big picture. Before 2009, I knew of Ray and had heard his music, but had never studied the details of how Ray’s voice, along with the music, created such a unique and timeless sound. When Chris Hill and myself first began our musical journey together, around this time, Ray was one of our first go-to artists, because of his incredible singing, style, and his vast library of music. We look for music that is different. We strive to create original music that sounds old. Ray Price’s music has been a constant resource for us. With a career that spans back to the late 1940’s all the way up to recent years, his longevity will likely never be recreated.

Chris (Hill) is much more of a Ray Price historian than myself. For that reason, I will not try to go on and on about Ray with details of his career. All of this information is readily available all over the internet. I will share a conversation that Chris and I had just this past week when reports started coming in of Ray’s failing health. We started talking about how few of the pioneers of Country, Bluegrass, and traditional music are really left~~not many! Willie Nelson, Stonewall Jackson, Little Jimmy Dickens, Bobby Osborne, Jimmy C. Newman, Merle Haggard…..these are just a very few (and I know I left many out) of the greats who are still with us. It leads us to the question, will their music die with them when they go? In music, it is necessary for an artist to create a sound that is unique, when combined with talent, (sometimes good looks or an image), songwriting ability, and great musical arrangements, will spawn a long-lasting musical career. But, I don’t think that means that new artists must be exclusively unique and cannot learn and pay tribute to the musical pioneers, in their own ways. I do believe by doing this, a new artist can spark a new interest and even a fan base for a seasoned artist, by paying homage to them in a way that does their music and image justice. I also believe that by doing this, new artists can do their part to help keep the music of our pioneers alive forever. The music industry has changed so much, in recent years, that we will likely not see many more, if any, 30 or 40 year careers. Artists like George Strait, Reba Mcentire and Alan Jackson are perhaps the few exceptions to that. The careers of George Jones, Buck Owens, Roger Miller, Ray Price, Johnny Paycheck, and so many more, will never be recreated. If I had to teach someone who knew nothing about country or traditional music, I would have them study the careers and music of these greats, as their first assignment.

I mentioned that the music scene has changed so much, in recent years. There are many reasons for this, but perhaps the biggest reason has been the social media age. I am a big fan of social media, but it can also be a mixed blessing. I just read yesterday, that pop-singer Beyonce released a brand-new album a few weeks back. She went about this in a way that was completely non-traditional, for an artist of her stature, anyway. She refrained from all of the traditional advertising and marketing techniques, which can incur huge expenses for artists. Instead, she exclusively used social media as her advertising means. She sold over 400,000 copies of her new album in the first week of sales. What does this mean? It means that the playing fields are being leveled. It means that smaller artists, via social media, can become more competitive with larger artists. I think that part is a blessing. However, the big problem I have with social media is that it also brings out those who are trying to make a quick buck or take advantage of other people. In the past two years, how many times have you seen false reports of a celebrities’ death (known as the death hoax on Facebook)? Too many to count? I agree. From Jon Bon Jovi, George Jones, and now Ray Price. I was caught up in the George Jones death hoax a good six months before he actually died. I felt awful that I had commented on his death, publicly, only to find out he was alive and well. How do these false reports get started and why? Is it some kind of a cruel joke? Are people just really bored and want attention that is gained by starting such a hoax? How disrespectful and unsettling is it to the friends and families of celebrities who are affected by these hoaxes? Don’t the pioneers of the entertainment industry deserve better than this? What ever happened to the days of respecting entertainment figures and their privacy? I know there’s always been a degree of this that goes on, but it seems like it gets worse with each public figure that we lose. Will social media continue to be as mainstream as it has become? Or, will advertisers and marketing firms lobby to shut them down? I’ve already heard buzz of content limiting and restrictions on Facebook and other social media sights. This is an interesting topic, which could be an entire blog all by itself,  whose outcome remains to be seen.

To sum things up: Out of respect for our pioneer and industry greats, please do your homework and find reliable sources, regarding the death of these musical heroes, or any public figure, before publicly announcing or re-posting. Seeing it on Facebook does not equate that it’s true. I would also add that it’s in all of our best interests to research these artists and their music. Even if it isn’t your favorite music, you can learn so much just looking at their careers and the way they did things. It wasn’t just by luck that their careers were so long-lived. In the words of Faron Young~~Ray, “There’s Not Any LIke You Left”! Rest in peace, Ray.

New Dates Added and a new single!

Talk about a last-minute holiday idea. While in the studio at work on their next album, Feller and Hill (with the help of Tom T. and Miss Dixie Hall) decided to pause and start a project for a new single. The whole process took less than 24 hours, from first hearing the song….coming up with their own arrangement….recording the instrument tracks, vocals….to the finished product. The boys certainly had fun putting it together and hope the bluegrass audiences will enjoy the light-hearted, yet true statement that the song delivers. Look for “The Government Blues” to debut in the next couple of weeks on your favorite bluegrass radio program.

Yes, it’s true……Feller and Hill will be touring full-time in 2014. Check out the interview we did, while at World of Bluegrass, with our good friend John Lawless of Bluegrass Today:

http://bluegrasstoday.com/feller-hill-go-full-time/

You can also see where we’ll be and start planning to join us in 2014, by checking out our website’s venue page at:

http://www.fellerandhill.com/venues.php

We hope to see everyone on the road! God Bless and may your travels be safe.

Feller and Hill and the Wildwood Valley Boys Prescription Bluegrass Blog article

Good morning everyone! Our good friend Bill Hallock, from the Prescription Bluegrass Blog, has posted a wonderful story about his visit with us. While performing in Duncan, Oklahoma, Bill and his family attended the show and spent the afternoon with us. Have a look at the fine story that he took away from his time spent visiting with Feller and Hill and the Wildwood Valley Boys:

http://www.prescriptionbluegrassblog.com/2013/10/prescription-bluegrass-concert-review.html#more

Feller and Hill want to thank you

What a great year 2013 has been for us, so far. When we set out 4 years ago, we just wanted to make a great CD for ourselves, our families, and friends and play some regional dates. We never imagined we would have people in other countries listening to our music, much less having the opportunity to traveling to them, as well as our own United States. We want to say thank you to all of the friends we’ve made in the radio world and the fans who requested our music. We’ve been so fortunate to have a number 2 song on the Bluegrass charts and a number 1 song on the Bluegrass Gospel charts. And we just got news today that our debut album was the 2nd most played album on XM Sirius radio’s Bluegrass Junction for July. Thank you to everyone who’s helped make it possible and we look forward to seeing you all soon.F&Hcdcover

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