After over a decade away from the stage and studio, singer/songwriter and guitarist Bob Hillman is readying the release of his fourth full length album Lost Soul. The San Francisco-based musician returns after a lengthy hiatus with a collection of twelve new songs produced by Peter Case and featuring Joseph Arthur performing on guitar, loops, and piano. Hillman’s literate, tuneful songwriting is on full display on Lost Soul but—with the help of Case and Arthur—he has tapped into a fresh, contemporary sonic landscape. Additional players include drummer Danny Frankel (Lou Reed, kd lang), keyboardist Danny McGough (Tom Waits, Social Distortion) and bassist Jonny Flaugher (Ryan Adams, Joshua Radin). The album will be released on March 25th and will be available digitally (iTunes, Amazon, Spotify) and on CD. Hillman will support the album with album release shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, and Boston in April and May. The first single to Triple A Radio is “Big Sur.”
Having forged a more than respectable career with his first three albums–two of which were produced by Tommy West (Jim Croce)–and extensive touring with the likes Suzanne Vega, Bob Hillman took a prolonged break in 2006, settling down well outside the life of a troubadour. After ten years of the straight life, the urge to create again inspired a Kickstarter campaign whose strong response proved that it was time to revisit songwriting. Lost Soul, which draws upon his experiences away from music, comes across as a truly collaborative effort between Hillman and ex-Plimsoul Case, and represents a logical extension of a conversation that began more than twenty years ago, when Hillman send his first demos to an address on the back of Case’s Torn Again album.
“When Peter agreed to produce Lost Soul,” says Hillman, “I saw it as an opportunity to work with someone who could take my songs to places I could never have thought of on my own. My third album If You Lived Here You’d Be Home (2006) was the ultimate distillation of the sound I had in my head, complete with George Harrison-esque guitar hooks, keyboard pads, and close harmonies. There’s nothing wrong with those things—I love those things—but if I was going to record again, I wanted to do something different.”
But Lost Soul is about more than just the sound. How many people are given the chance to return to their passion after so many years away? As one fan put it in a recent email: “You know, I think seeing you ‘back’ could be the most inspiring thing I’ve come across in years. After sleeping on it, I’m rethinking all the things I thought I would never do again.”
Lost Soul Track Listing:
1) I Think I’ve Taken Enough Shit From You This Year