Bill Hicks | The Perfect Gig

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The Perfect Gig

by Bill Hicks

from gritty country to witty folk - with a bit of bebop irony tossed in here and there. He fingerpicks both electric and acoustic guitars in this live album of original songs.
Genre: Country: Country Folk
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1. The SOB in the Carvel Truck
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2. Deer Hunter's Blues
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3. Polar Bears on the Moon
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4. By Half
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5. The Evidence
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6. Wet July
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7. When Change is No Longer Possible
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8. Were They Happy?
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9. Noir Bubble
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10. Water Lights
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11. Bridges
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12. Play Rocky Top
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13. Exposure
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14. The Perfect Gig
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15. La Senorita de la Launderia
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16. Uncle Charlie's Revenge
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17. Last Call
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Bill Hicks is the founding fiddler of the Red Clay Ramblers and was also a member of the Fuzzy Mountain String Band.

Bill appears with the Ramblers on all their recordings of the 1970s.

He's done session work with Si Kahn, Eric Bachmann, Jonathan Byrd, David Childers, and Jim Watson.

This CD is his first solo effort--a live all-original-song fukes that exploded out of him after twenty years of slinging a trowel and a lifetime of music.

Bill and Libby Hicks recorded "South of Nowhere," a CD of fiddling, traditional songs, original songs, and blues, for Copper Creek Records last year.

They play together frequently on Ocracoke Island, NC, and elsewhere around the country.

Bill also plays solo when he has time.

This CD features Bill's guitar playing as he's never figured out how to play guitar and fiddle at the same time.

His songs are rich and dense and will reward repeated listening.

They've been compared to the writing of Chris Kristopherson and John Hartford by reviewers of "South of Nowhere." Back in his Rambler days Bill wrote "Play 'Rocky Top'"--a song which has reached legendary status among battle-scarred bluegrass vets as it faded out of print on the Ramblers' live "Chuckin' the Frizz" album (Flying Fish, 1979).

Bill includes a new live rendition here, as well has some hilarious commentary on the road life and the sacrements of the bar from behind a microphone.


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Ivan Mann

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Having listened to the Ramblers since there were only three of them, and having known all of the originals, I knew there is more to Bill than just the fiddle. Sure enough, here is a different picture. The Perfect Gig involves blondes discussing classical Greek philosophy (not surprising - I remember being a philosophy course taught by another RCR, Tommy Thompson). We also have a song about shooting a fiddle out of a tree, and a song with a chorus in Spanish with the heaviest North Carolina accent you can imagine. Get the CD; listen to the songs and listen to the words. They are a picture of a guy who used to be a fiddle player but has grown a whole different face. Listen to it again; there is more.
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