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There's hardly any emphasis on the Western side of things in Nashville anymore. Too bad for Nashville.
                                                      
Harold Hill

Harold Hill lives in Nashville and keeps playing his Western swing music. "San Antonio Sweetheart," from his debut recording, won industry-wide acclaim with the Best Western Swing Music Song Award from the Academy of Western Artists.

 

About Harold Hill

Selected Lyrics

Recording

Harold Hill's Web Site and Contact Information

 


About Harold Hill 

Official condensed biography

Harold Hill makes his career as a singer/songwriter work by taking his music directly to the audience. He even saved his money for 10 years to make the CD he wanted to make, rather than surrender creative control to a record company. "I had offers," Hill says. "but they wanted to leave out the Western swing aspect of what I do musically. I wouldn't let that happen. It was financially challenging to say no, but if you're gonna go your own way, there are going to be some tough times. It is good to see the pendulum moving back the other way now."

If humble roots and hard work are prerequisites to success, Harold Hill, is "the real deal." He was raised back up in the "holler" near Big Stone Gap, Virginia. He grew up listening to the mountain music of the area and along the way developed a love for western swing, too. From a brief career in country music radio to a life on the road as an entertainer, Harold Hill has been committed to achievement in music all his life. He recently won the Will Rogers Cowboy Award from the Academy Of Western Artists for Western Swing Song Of Year. The song "
San Antonio Sweetheart," which he also co-wrote, is on the CD he saved for 10 years to make "his way." "It is gratifying after all this time to be recognized by the people who love this kind of music.  There's hardly any emphasis on
the Western side of things in Nashville anymore," Hill says. "Too bad for Nashville."

From a home-base in Charlotte, NC, for a few years then on to Nashville where he calls home today, Harold has traveled throughout the United States for 20 years, presenting his music in his unique way, both with a band and as a solo performer. He says he recognized along the way that he has a cowboy heart and has made it a part of his musical persona. This musical mix of old and new, mountain and western is bearing fruit for Harold Hill in some unique and unexpected ways with the 2002 release of his debut album on CD.

"Getting noticed out West is bringing attention to my efforts in Nashville," Hill says. "Some newspapers have been kind about doing articles on the Will Rogers Award. That is turning onto some more opportunities here, but even with that happening, I've always been of the mind that we may belong out West and we're just slow in getting there to stay. My wife and I are now talking about where we might call home out there. We're fond of both Arizona and Montana and they both may be a part of our future."

Harold Hill is creating success making music that he enjoys, and everyone around him seems to enjoy it as well. And though he'll be the first to tell you his success to date has been a struggle, he makes light of it and plays up the fact that it is the journey that counts most. His philosophy is contagious, and one cannot be around him without getting the feeling that something very special is going on for him and that Harold Hill is an original.

In July, 2003

"San Antonio Sweetheart"

written by Hugh Cadenas and Harold Hill

was awarded the

Top Western Swing Song of the Year Award

by the Academy of Western Artists (AWA)

 

Read an article about Harold Hill in the Hendersonville Star News here. 

Selected Lyrics 

San Antonio Sweetheart

Cowboy Up

Little Cowgirl Goodnight

 

 

San Antonio Sweetheart

You knew the time would come when I would say goodbye
I've never led you on 'bout what I am
I'm sure your mamma told you so, and so did I
Be careful not to fall in love with a travelin' man

Oh my San Antonio Sweetheart
You know I'm not the kind to be tied down
Though it might be quite foolish on my part
I have to keep on movin', but I'll be back around
I hate to leave you all alone but in the mornin' I'll be gone
My San Antonio Sweetheart
I'll see you when I'm back in San Antone

No one could blame you if you found somebody new
You deserve a settled, steady guy
Don't hold the notion I could be the one to fill those shoes
Presumin' I might lose this urge to spread my wings and fly

Oh my San Antonio Sweetheart
You know I'm not the kind to be tied down
Though it might be quite foolish on my part
I have to keep on movin', but I'll be back around
I hate to leave you all alone but in the mornin' I'll be gone
My San Antonio Sweetheart
I'll see you when I'm back in San Antone

It's not because you're not a living loving dream
Believe me, Darlin', that you are
But that don't change a thing

Oh my San Antonio Sweetheart
You know I'm not the kind to be tied down
Though it might be quite foolish on my part
I have to keep on movin', but I'll be back around
I hate to leave you all alone but in the mornin' I'll be gone
My San Antonio Sweetheart
I'll see you when I'm back in San Antone

I'll see you when I'm back in San Antone

I'll see you when I'm back in San Antone


Music by Harold Hill
Lyrics by Harold Hill & Hugo Cardenas
Published by Grand Design Music - BMI
Permission for use of lyrics granted to CowboyPoetry.com
http://hhdigital.com/songs/sas.html

 

Cowboy Up

Eight seconds clean to the buzzer
Roll whichever way he pulls
That's all that's on my mind every time I climb up in that chute
And on the back of a bull
Sometimes I go home with the money, sometimes I'm just outta luck
But like my daddy used to say, "It'll all be OK
If you still got 'cher hoss and yer pickup truck"

Oh, come what may, it's all a rodeo
Hang on and try to be tough
And when you draw the worst one, you get thrown and it hurts, son
Dust off and cowboy up


I met a Texas tornado in Austin
A barrel racer, blonde and tan
Ready to ride, fit to be tied
And lookin' for a header-heeler cowboy man
Now I ain't sayin' she broke my heart, but she left it pretty badly bent
The only thing that saved me was my inner dialogue
And this is exactly just how it went

Whoa, come what may, it's all a rodeo
Hang on and try to be tough
And when you draw the worst one, you get thrown and it hurts, son
Dust off and cowboy up

I don't go lookin' for ol' Mr. Trouble
But now and then he still comes around
He's hit me with his best shot, but as yet he has not
Ever kept me down

Oh, come what may, it's all a rodeo
Hang on and try to be tough
And when you draw the worst one, you get thrown and it hurts, son
Dust off and cowboy up

Yeah, when you draw the worst one, you get throwed and it hurts, son
Dust off and cowboy up

Just tip your hat and cowboy up

Music & Lyrics by Harold Hill
Published by Grand Design Music - BMI
Permission for use of lyrics granted to CowboyPoetry.com
http://hhdigital.com/songs/cowboyup.html


Little Cowgirl Goodnight

Sleepyhead cowgirl, it's bedtime for you
You've done all today a good cowgirl can do
Your stick horse rests safe in the corner corral
And your cowgirl hat's back on the bedpost for now, so

Goodnight, sleep tight, my sweet saddle pal
Drift off to dream little buffalo gal
To this dance by the light of the moon lullabye
Close your eyes, little cowgirl goodnight


The sandman's a cowboy, his pony astride
Lay your head on my shoulder until he arrives
While the prairie dust settles where coyotes roam
I'll cherish this rockabye moment alone with you

Goodnight, sleep tight, my sweet saddle pal
Drift off to dream little buffalo gal
To this dance by the light of the moon lullabye
Close your eyes, little cowgirl goodnight


It's comin', that tradin' of boots for high heels
Our days in the West, they're numbered, I feel it
You're growin' up fast, not a thing I can do
But make every minute count, until each day is through

Goodnight, sleep tight, my sweet saddle pal
Drift off to dream little buffalo gal
To this dance by the light of the moon lullabye
Close your eyes, little cowgirl goodnight

Be happy, be hopeful, find blue skies, my darlin'
As you ride down that long trail ahead
And I'll pray to the heavens that someday you'll know
How it feels to put your own little cowgirl to bed
And sing...

Goodnight, sleep tight, my sweet saddle pal
Drift off to dream little buffalo gal
To this dance by the light of the moon lullabye
Close your eyes, little cowgirl goodnight...


Music & Lyrics by Harold Hill
Published by Grand Design Music - BMI
Permission for use of lyrics granted to CowboyPoetry.com
http://hhdigital.com/songs/lcg.html



Recording

Harold Hill

includes:

Cowboy Up
Jimp on it
Pick Me
Dig Another Well
From Now On
Hard Times
San Antonio Sweetheart
Perfume
Merle Made Me Do It
She Just Started Liking Cheatin' Songs
Little Cowgirl Goodnight

 

Ordering details and links to track samples are on line at 
at Harold Hill's web site.

 

Harold Hill's Web Site and Contact Information

 

Visit Harold Hill's web site for more about him and his music, his schedule, his free email newsletter,  merchandise, and more.

http://hhdigital.com

 

Contact Harold Hill at:

hhdigital.com
9 Music Square South #174
Nashville, TN 37203

Phone: (615) 824-5213
Fax: (615) 824-2907

 

 

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