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Bill Hickman - Crossbones - Album Launch

Bill Hickman - Crossbones - Album Launch

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  • Thu 2 May, 8:00pm – 10:30pm


Meow, 9 Edward St, Te Aro, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $10.00



Celebrating Crossbones.

Bill Hickman celebrates the release of his new album Crossbones at Meow on Thursday 2nd May.

For those who have loved Bill’s music for many years this album celebrates all that is Bill: lyrical intensity; blending alt-country and roots music influences with his harder-edged musical back story; Bill’s strong gravel dragged voice and country inflected acoustic guitar.

For those who are meeting Bill for the first time, if the smokier, darker edge of alt-country is where you like to dwell, if the likes of Steve Earle, Michael Stipe, Bruce Springsteen or Elvis Costello feature heavily on your favourite playlist then it’s time to meet Bill Hickman.

Ghost of Smoke 2010 ‘Over the space of just five songs he shows us what makes genuinely great roots music so utterly compelling’. (C.Haze, Spoke Magazine)

Bill and his team ran a Kickstarter campaign to help fund Crossbones, through the success of that and the generosity of a rich array of Wellington talent, Crossbones has been made.

This album travels a great journey of genres but has a central vein of cleverly crafted lyrical intensity, great melodic hooks, rich vocals from Bill and his backing vocalists on the album – Hamish Graham and Kim Bonnington and ‘kick-arse’ playing from some of Wellington’s finest. There is no doubt you’ll want to turn it up loud to truly indulge in its moments of raw intimacy and at other times to ‘rock out’.

Bill Hickman is a long serving stalwart of NZ stages and bars, having played in bands (The Shot Band, King Lazy and Parcel of Rogues) and as a soloist all over the country and further abroad. Over the years he has opened for a wide diversity of acts from metal's Pantera to alt country royalty Gillian Welch and David Rawlings’ debut tour of NZ ‘Bill had the unenviable task of playing to an audience desperate to hear the headliner, but over the course of three sold out nights he got up and stunned not only the audience but also the main act themselves’. (C.Haze, Spoke Magazine)

On Thursday 2nd May at Meow Bill will celebrate the release of Crossbones, his side-men and women will be Adam Crawford (drums), Tom Joass (bass), Paddy Burgin (mandolin and slide), Al Norman (keys and Hammond), Hamish Graham and Kim Bonnington on backing vocals.

"Bill Hickman is a magical craftsman of songs. He will leave you spellbound. A must see." - (C. O’Shea, Americana Show, Radio Active)

Doors 7.30pm.

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