Formed in Boise Idaho in the spring of 2013 by singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Michael Gill, Evergreen Machine is a group of dedicated musicians who strive to first of all bring their neighbors music with quality sound, honest expression, and constant ingenuity. Secondly, but just as important, they are dedicated to having lots of fun together while doing it.
It was in college that Michael first began to write songs. His newfound appreciations for history, culture, and philosophy gave him immediate access to lyrical material that contains depth and emotion. As a result, the songs are heavily narrative with subtle links to current world dramas and common personal journeys. Growing up in a conservative religious home, Michael was quite limited in terms of listening content. This limitation led to an explosion of musical discovery in his college years and an ability to appreciate many variations of musical style. This newness and exploratory nature is brought right into the musical styles of his songs, which makes it difficult to place the style into limiting genres. Some of the songs have a folk rock or bluegrass feel common to central and southern Indiana. Others are emotional, raw, and acoustic. Still others are heavily rhythmic and more in the realm of alternative rock, yet still retain a beautiful acoustic quality. His biggest influences in song writing and music are Sufjan Stevens, Glan Hansard & Josh Garrels.
After moving to Boise Idaho in 2011 for his first job out of college, Michael began to spend more of his “free time” writing songs and playing music around town. From street corners to coffee shops and restaurants, he began introducing his music to the beautiful community of Boise. The culture in Idaho and the charming subcultures of Basque immigrants and long time Idaho natives have given him plenty of material to share their stories and values with the city and whoever else might listen. The songs had too much space and potential for Michael Gill to continue alone so he began to invite other talented musicians into his sphere and after much hard work, practice, and arranging, Evergreen Machine was formed. The band currently consists of singer Heather Clark, keyboardist Tommy Gill, and guitarist Stephanie Gill. There are several other musicians who frequently make an appearance in live shows and contribute to recorded material.