Music never leaves you | 4th Full-Length Album to release in 2014

The cliché that time flies is certainly true here…More than a little burnt on the ‘industry over art’ reality of the otherwise vibrant city of Los Angeles, the Quartet finally wrapped up our fourth full-length album in late 2005. Jack Faith (lead guitar and some gorgeous back-up voice) and his family were moving to Maine of all places, and my wife and I had decided to pack up and head north with our daughter. My intent at the time was to get settled in the small town of Mendocino, and then set my sights on finding a label to release this album which I had aptly named “Round About Way.” Innerstate Records, Evangeline, and Trocadero, the labels that had release Volume 2 and Tercero had shut their doors (a sign of things to come in the independent label world). I did the due diligence of sending the record out and about, but to no avail. Some interest here and there, but nothing concrete, and usually involved more of a financial investment from me than I could muster (having come off the credit card financed recording – the quartet records analog (on tape) which is pricey to say the least). Then…time flew. Each year would come and I’d think “OK, I’ll put the record out this year.” Then the struggle of raising a family, an emerging ‘other career,’ and next thing you know almost seven years has gone by. Over the years, however, I have many a time reflected on the honor it has been to work with such talented and passionate musicians – the quartet: Mike Taklender (drums), Jim Cheydleur (Bass) and Jack Faith (guitar/vocals); not to mention Neil Halstead, Raymond Richards (guitar, pedal steel, and a whole bunch a-other instruments), as well as players Greg Vincent, Ken Baggott, Phil Sparks, Joe St. John, and a host of others. Throwing honest art into the world is no small task, and rarely ever done without a group of like-minded artists who can dive in full-heartedly into what they do.

So. Here we are, 2013. The quartet website has been completely re-vamped for the first time since the release of “Tercero” and the design of “Round About Way” has begun. My life has taken some odd turns over the last few years. I apprenticed and learned to be a letterpress printer, and run a business with my wife and graphic designer, Lisa. My family expanded with the birth of twins in 2009. I became a certified nutritionist/weight management coach (Transitioning to Health) and, I wrote a book which got published and just hit stores this week. And yet….I may have left music for a while, but music has definitely not left me, nor will it ever. Words and music still come to me whenever and wherever, and a new song is in the works for the first time in a while. My children are a bit older now and I find myself with more time to think, create, and play. Mike, Jim, and Jack (who returned to LA) are still in Los Angeles, and we are talking about doing some shows around the release of our fourth album, so stay tuned. I am proud of “Round About Way.” It is the manifestation of a group of artists who have grown together and achieved an authenticity that rings true in the words and music we created.

Here are a few tracks from the forthcoming album …

Welcome to the new theSHQ.com!

The Sid Hillman Quartet is finally getting with the times with this new, more user & mobile-friendly web site. We have integrated players onto our album pages for easy listening of some of our songs. We now have a video page with never before seen videos and live clips coming. And, we now have our own SHQ shop selling our first 3 albums. These first albums are also soon be available on iTunes, Amazon and other MP3 sites for easy purchase and download. And, we are planning some new shows to celebrate the release of our new record later this year. Please check back for updates or SUBSCRIBE to our newsletter for the latest SHQ news!

First 3 Albums available on iTunes, Amazon MP3 & others

The Sid Hillman Quartet’s first three albums (The Sid Hillman Quartet, Volume Two & Tercero) are now available for purchase on the following sites as MP3 downloads:

iTunes

iTunes

Amazon MP3

Amazon MP3

GooglePlay

Google Play

Spotify

Spotify

Xbox Live

Xbox Live

We also have limited quantities of Volume Two & Tercero CDs for sale in our SHQ SHOP, along with a limited edition 12″ Vinyl of The Sid Hillman Quartet LP.

Sid Hillman plays Local Licks Live XVI

KOZT Local Licks Live XVI

Sid Hillman plays with Morgan Daniel (photo by Larry Wagner) KOZT Local Licks Live XVI

This is a benefit I played as part of KOZT radio’s efforts to support music in local schools here in Mendocino County. I asked my friend Morgan Daniel (Foxglove, and solo as well) to join me on a few songs with guitar and background vocals. We had a great time and the show was a huge success (over 700 people came out!)…The recording isn’t spectacular but you can get the idea…

Fall 2005 Tour Journal Entry: 6

waldbronn, germany. well i’m leaving for home tomorrow, and am writing from cacavas’ house. spent the day getting last minute crap done. i played the headline show last night in offenburg. not the greatest turnout, but fun nonetheless. chris sat in on 3 songs. he and his son dylan came out for it and then headed back afterwards. i stayed in the hotel and took a train back to his house this morning. the promoter, stefan was super cool and a big fan of the quartet for almost two years now.  he dj’s as well and plays the quartet often. he requested ‘how do you want me’ which i was able to play luckily though i hadn’t planned on it. i’d like to go back to offenburg because it was really a nice town.  also he took us out to dinner at the nicest restaurant of the whole tour with the best food. worth the trip, no? speaking of food, chris is a damn good cook and is upstairs getting a big last dinner ready before my trip home. he’s also cracking a bottle of 15 year old single malt scotch (my big weakness…that and smokes…but am managing to limit those to touring and recording only…hmmm). i will miss him and his family a lot. it was so fun spending time with him on the road and his crew as well…alas, though, i am incredibly homesick and can’t wait to see my wife and daughter. the time is really creeping by right now….i know i’ve mentioned it in some of the other entries, but my plan upon returning home is to try and figure a way for the whole quartet to come back over to europe some time next spring perhaps….in the immediate future i will finish up the last work on the new album (mastering and artwork) and will let everyone know about release dates when i get them…btw, check out chris cacavas at chriscacavas.com and buy his frickin’ records. you won’t be disappointed. he’s way underrepresented and definitely brings the rock. till the next tour, peace out and thanks to everyone who supports the quartet….