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Wolverton / Press

"For their latest collection Wolverton have become an entire band, giving their songs a rich full sound topped of with some excellent vocals that tie the whole thing together. Setting out their stall, “Ears” opens things with elegance --- a lovely song with a sweet melody, whilst “No Big Deal” adds a soft violin that creates an aching presence to the melancholic tune. Exhibiting a creepy Doors-like atmosphere, “Pool” is a highly effective slice of psychedelia --- a mix of early Paul Roland and Jim Morrison, while “May I Ask” has a brighter quality with a sweet guitar running through its centre. Over six songs, the quality and atmosphere remains high, great stuff."

“WOLVERTON "HORSE HEAD DAWN" EP This is folk music that has that psychedelic sensibility not with flailing sitars or reverb, but more of a sense of space in the vocals and the staggered timing in the guitar notes. There is some distant violin and piano punctuation that creates intriguing atmospheres and tensions, but the lead male vocals and female harmonies lead the way in these six songs. The band members all have some unique skills of timing and emotional resonance they bring to the arrangements, which set them apart from simpler players. This is memorable music and far better than a lot of what has passed as nufolk or wyrdfolk in recent years. They can be the third band in to my dream billing of Espers and Faun Fables.”

“Lyrically, they’re clever and sometimes baffling, like word of the day songs done by an obsessive compulsive. Musically, they remind me of garage rock, a staple of the San Antonio scene, and a deep musical and lyrical thread running through both these volumes. I recall thinking “garage folk” when first hearing Tiny Chair and as a result, I see Tiny Chair and Shores of Erewhon as two of a pair. The title track, “Shores of Erewhon”, seems to challenge critics, know-it-alls and finger-pointers alike; words, images and memories are the bones of our experience, and for Hills, the assailable living fuel for art. Really, I don’t know what these songs mean, but I get it.”

"Horse Head Dawn is an enjoyable ride filled with the band’s ’60s and ’70s-inspired harmony-laden folk, and the intimate Liberty Bar an ideal venue for it. "

"After all that rock it just might be time for something quiet and reflective, in this case, “Tiny Chair” the first album by Wolverton. Featuring the songs, guitar and voice of Hills Snyder, with occasional help, although there is now a band built around the name, the songs are personal and humorous, having a gentle country lilt, barbed wit and sweet melodies, creating a collection of tunes that catch the ear, with “The Sissy's Lament” and “Chessman” being personal favourites."

"Wolverton’s got some potent, quiet music, and the recordings make you feel like they’re right there, reckoning the quirks of our heritage right alongside them. What it leaves out is as important as what it throws together but is gloriously free of twang or self-conscious neo-traditionalism. Contemplative, affectionate, warm and gently flawed, it’s roots music sans self-importance, and Hills Snyder’s songwriting is witty and doleful and full of unexpected touches; as in 'Guts,' a small song that sounds like deeply personal footnotes to the human epic. You know how in 'Tangled Up In Blue,' you can’t tell whether the time frame is 19th century or Now? Kinda like that."

"The next artist rodeo is a free offering of performance art and music by artists’ bands starting promptly at 7 p.m. this Saturday at the Cove when Hills Snyder’s group Wolverton begins their set. The band, including Caralyn Snyder, Kate Terrell, and Jeremiah Teutsch, presents acoustic sounds infected by Snyder’s peculiar sense of humor. "

"Considering the family's last performance occurred last spring in the bathroom of the local Grand Hyatt penthouse, it's best to expect the unexpected from this eclectic collective."

"Joe Reyes doesn't have multiple personalities. Joe Reyes does have a career with multiple paths. Reyes is an excellent guitarist, a singer, a songwriter, a guitar instructor and a Grammy-winning record producer. As a producer, his credits include disparate projects such as Freddy Fender, Marcus Rubio, the Cartographers, Hills Snyder, and John and Jimmie Whipple."

"I’d always wondered what a Hills Snyder song sounded like. About one year ago I asked Snyder, an artist, to create an altare to Doug Sahm for a Day of the Dead photography feature. Something just told me he was the man for the job. Not until we were driving out to the installation site did he tell me he also was a singer-songwriter. I asked where he played, and I’m pretty sure he said 'my backyard.' "