The Bills Let em Run

Let em Run
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  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Red House

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"The consistent tone here is exuberance, as if the members can barely contain the joy they feel while playing together."


  • Buy for $0.991.Overture (Let Em Run)
  • Buy for $0.992.Old Blue Bridge
  • Buy for $0.993.Hello
  • Buy for $0.994.Which Way Away
  • Buy for $0.995.When the Bucket Runs Dry
  • Buy for $0.996.Let Em Run
  • Buy for $0.997.The Gatlinburg
  • Buy for $0.998.The Traveller
  • Buy for $0.999.Lay Down
  • Buy for $0.9910.Stardust
  • Buy for $0.9911.Nowhere to Be (And All Day to Get There)
  • Buy for $0.9912.Bamfield's John Uanden
  • Buy for $0.9913.Cambridge Set: Cambridge St. March / Jonah's Reel / Sierra ...
  • Buy for $0.9914.Oeil au Beurre Noir
  • Buy for $0.9915.The Walk Home

Product Description:

Also known as "The Bill Hilly Band".
The Bills: Chris Frye (vocals, guitar); Marc Atkinson (mandolin, background vocals); Jeremy Penner (violin); Adrian Dolan (fiddle); Glen Manders (bass instrument).
Personnel: Atkinson, Marc (vocals, tenor banjo, mandolin); Jeremy Penner (vocals, fiddle); Devon McCagherty (vocals); Calvin Cairns (violin).
Recording information: Baker Studios, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (01/2004-03/2004).
Photographer: Joby Baker.
Unknown Contributor Role: Olivier Demers.
Arrangers: Atkinson, Marc; Joey C. Smith.
While all acoustic folk-based bands are throwbacks of a sort, the Bills purposely cultivate an "old time" aura. Even the group's photo, tinged in sepia, reminds one a bit of the Band circa 1968. The Bills' subject matter -- like the Band's and the Grateful Dead's -- is tinged with Americana, though presented in an elliptical manner. There are Biblical floods, wise fools, and references to jigger poles, temptress hens, and drunken moons. The title track tells the odd tale of chickens running free, though there also seems to be a pun on runny eggs, while "Lay Down" mixes images of food and sensuality. What exactly these songs are saying is anyone's guess, but as with the above-mentioned artists, literal meaning matters less than evoking a mysterious mood. The Bills -- Marc Atkinson, Adrian Dolan, Glen Manders, Jeremy Penner, and Chris Frye -- are also great musicians who add, surprisingly, a touch of the classical to their instrumental work. This combination of folk, classical, and, yes, even Cajun, guarantees a variety of approaches from song to song, and also gives the band a distinct sound. The Bills, good musicians and singers, combine solid material with an evocative presentation. While purists may prefer the rougher edges of old-time folk, most listeners will probably prefer the Bills' smooth professionalism and enthusiasm. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

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