Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Music with a heapin' helping of humor.(Venue)

Byline: David Steinberg Journal Staff Writer

Band gets to root of many traditions

There's gotta be an element of humor in the Canadian folk/roots group the Bill Hilly Band.

Here's the tipoff -- the twist on the name "hillbilly" and that each of the five musicians in the band carries the same first name. Bill Violin. Bill Fiddle III. The Rev. Bill Bass. Bill Mandolin. And Bill Guitar.

"There's always a flair of comedy in what we do. We try to keep it all subtle. It makes it more enjoyable but it doesn't take over the performance," Bill Guitar, aka Chris Frye, said by phone from the Calgary, Alberta, airport.

The Bill Hilly Band will be on stage in the inaugural Zoo Music 2003 concert on June 6 at the Rio Grande Zoo. …

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