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Cliff Hillis has released the new EP "Song Machine" on the San Francisco indie label "Tallboy Records". The EP is available on CD, blue translucent 10" vinyl, and digitally on most download sites.
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
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:
• Scot Sax, formerly of Wanderlust and a songwriter for Faith Hill, who co-wrote the track
• Dan Bern, who co-wrote “Turn On A Dime”
• Phil Solem (The Rembrandts) who shares writing credit on “Tonight” and who also contributed
vocals and guitar to the EP
• Patrick Berkery (Pernice Brothers, Wesley Stace, Daniellson) on drums
• John Lilley (The Hooters) on guitar