Markus Rill | The Price Of Sin

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The Price Of Sin

by Markus Rill

A sandstone voice and songs that get under your skin. A beautiful atmospheric, mostly acoustic album recorded with some of Nashville's finest. The physical CD is sold out, downloads only.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Singin' In the Cemetery
4:01 album only
2. Broken Puppet
3:10 album only
3. Me & Bonnie Parker
2:47 album only
4. My Love Runs To You
3:36 album only
5. Just So You Know
4:53 album only
6. The Price You Pay For Sin
4:48 album only
7. Carry My Load
3:24 album only
8. Wash Away the Stain
4:15 album only
9. Run Run Run
2:46 album only
10. Fade to Blue
3:33 album only
11. Out of the Cold
4:38 album only
12. Not Ready Yet
2:55 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Markus Rill is Europe's premier Americana artist. The gravel-voiced singer-songwriter and guitar picker has released six albums full of finely crafted songs and passionate performances.

His latest, "The Price Of Sin", was released throughout Europe in May 2006 to spectacular reviews that compare Rill's writing to that of luminaries like Steve Earle, Tom Waits, James McMurtry and Lucinda Williams. The CD quickly climbed to the #3 spot on the EuroAmericana chart and ended up on numerous year-end best lists from journalists and radio DJs all over Europe.
The album's 12 captivating songs showcase Rill's somber, more acoustic side. Produced by Rill and Nashville's Tone Chaperone George Bradfute, "The Price Of Sin" was recorded with some of the most in-demand musicians on the Americana scene: Fats Kaplin (Tom Russell, Dead Reckoners), Dave Jacques (John Prine, Patty Griffin, Todd Snider), Bryan Owings (Buddy Miller, Shelby Lynne) and Dave Coleman (The Coalmen).

Rill is the only German artist on the prestigious Blue Rose label, home of Kris Kristofferson, Steve Earle, Buddy Miller, Dwight Yoakam, and John Hiatt on the old continent. His stellar songwriting has been recognized several times by competitions like the ISC International Songwriting Competition with 15,000 entries and a judge's panel including Tom Waits, Loretta Lynn and Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls, the international Unisong contest, the Singer-Songwriter Awards and the American Songwriter magazine competition.

Since the release of his debut album in 1997, Markus Rill has toured extensively throughout Europe and the US, headlining and sharing stages with Townes van Zandt, Chris Knight, Steve Wynn, Hal Ketchum, The Drive-By Truckers, John Wesley Harding, Elliott Murphy, and others. He has also recorded with Duane Jarvis (Lucinda Williams, Dwight Yoakam, Peter Case) and Steve Conn (Sonny Landreth, Bonnie Raitt, Mark Knopfler).

Three of Rill's songs are featured in American independent films slated for theatrical release in 2006/early 2007.

Rill honed his craft in the mid-90ies in Austin, TX. playing tons of open mics and graduating to regular gigs while studying American literature at the University of Texas.

What the critics are saying:

"First-rate songs ... he could give those guys in Texas a few lessons"
(Village Records/USA)

"Sharply drawn flesh & blood-characters … a songwriter with boot-dirt authenticity"
(Miles Of Music/USA)

"Songs shimmering beautifully with ambiguity … brilliant lyrics"
(Rolling Stone/Germany)

"If voices were highways, Markus Rill's would be gravel ... like Steve Earle, Tom Waits and Lucinda Williams, he excels at songwriting"



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Pete Matthews

A beautfully crafted collection of songs
Arguably Markus Rill's best album to date. A collection of beautifully crafted songs, well written and delivered with passion and restraint.

Hope Waits

Price of Sin is Worth Every Penny
A most solid body of work, from top to bottom. Every song is a story, and every story will draw you in. When you hear Markus sing, It'll have you coming back for more before you know it. I cannot wait to hear what comes next from this troubadour.