Cliff Hillis

For fans of:Beatles, Wilco, Fountains Of Wayne
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Fresh off an East Coast tour with pop supergroup Boggia, Donnelly, Hillis and Wisely, acclaimed singer/songwriter Cliff Hillis gears up for his next solo release, “Song Machine” on August 26th. The new EP, on the San Francisco-based indie label TallBoy Records, will be released on CD, digital, and a 10" blue vinyl edition.

Over the course of his career, Hillis has earned a solid reputation as a highly sought-after multiinstrumentalist, singer/songwriter, session and touring musician, and studio whiz. In addition to contributing guitar, bass and keyboards, he has also helmed numerous recording, production and mixing projects for a varied stable of artists. Hillis can also be seen performing with several popular Philadelphiaarea bands and artists including Eric Bazilian, Jeffrey Gaines, and the In the Pocket: Essential Songs of

Philadelphia project.

The “Song Machine” EP takes its name from the Song Machine email group, which was recently profiled in The New York Times. Founded in 2001 by Austin-based hit singer/songwriter Bob Schneider, participants in the group play a songwriting game which challenges its members – of which Cliff Hillis is one -- to write an original song featuring a specific lyric, within a weekly deadline. Over the years a number of high-profile artists, including Jason Mraz, Patty Griffin and Matt Nathanson, have participated in the Song Machine group. Two of the tracks on “Song Machine,” “Hang On To The Moment” and “Goodnight Sunlight,” owe their existence to Hillis' participation in that group.

Featuring 7 original tracks by the acclaimed powerpop ace, “Song Machine” was written, recorded and mixed by Hillis in his Phoenixville, PA-based studio, The Hacienda, with additional recording at Gradwell House Recording in Haddon Heights, NJ, and Ken-Del Studios in Wilmington, DE. The EP was mastered by Steve Turnidge at Ultraviolet Studios in Seattle, WA. “Song Machine” also features contributions from special guest musicians and songwriters, including:

“Song Machine” also features contributions from special guest musicians and co-writers, including: Scot Sax (Wanderlust, Faith Hill co-writer), troubadour Dan Bern, Phil Solem (Rembrandts), Patrick Berkery (Pernice Brothers, Wesley Stace,

Daniellson), and John Lilley (The Hooters). Over the course of his career, Hillis has earned a solid reputation as a highly sought-after multiinstrumentalist,

singer/songwriter, session and touring musician, and studio whiz. In addition to

contributing guitar, bass and keyboards, he has also helmed numerous recording, production and mixing projects for a varied stable of artists. Hillis can also be seen performing with several popular Philadelphia-area bands and artists including Eric

Bazilian, Jeffrey Gaines, and the In the Pocket: Essential Songs of Philadelphia project. !

“Song Machine” marks Hillis' 4th release on TallBoy Records. His previous albums, “Better Living Through Compression," “Dream Good,” and "The Long Now" have garnered praise from USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, Amplifier, Goldmine

and many more. His original songs have been featured in television shows (All My Children, Party of Five, Roswell, Life Unexpected) and films

(Enough, After Sex, Waking Dreams). Hillis has also won several national songwriting and jingle-writing awards.

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