Back in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA by way of Orlando, FL, Jay Hill has finally dialed in his piano-driven post-grunge culminating in a much anticipated set of songs, as only he can, with his brand of “Funkabilly Rockternative”, that builds off diverse influences like The Beatles, Foo Fighters, Billy Joel, Electric Light Orchestra, Stone Temple Pilots, and Mike Patton.
The stars quickly aligned for Jay after moving to Orlando in 2015. He was soon accepted by Full Sail University’s Artist Relations director Dale Rock (former drummer of Molly Hatchet) to be one of their recording artists. Shortly after he began working on the follow-up to his 2012 demo, “The Ballads of Id”, recorded in Dublin, Ireland by Irish filmmaker, musician and producer Quintin Ahern (Army of Id). With a huge backlog of songs in his bag he hit the studio with Grammy-Award winning engineer Juan Covas and Full Sail engineer instructor Jason Dale and student assistant Addison Rivard. As time passed numerous Orlando musicians in the area were enlisted to help complete the recordings including Brian Morgan (bassist for Kenny G), Toronto guitarist and songwriter George Grosman, drummers Jorge Villar and Rich Elkins, guitarists Brian George and Alex Ivanof. Also appearing on the album is violinist Tanner Johnson, featured throughout the 13-song collection, along with Pittsburgh guitarist Brian Koval and Dublin-based artists: producer and guitarist Phil Campbell and vocalist Camille Blanche.
Things kicked up a notch when Brett Hestla (of Brett Hestla Productions and member of Creed, Dark New Day, and Virgo’s Merlot) stepped in to not only produce the album but to play on all of the tracks. Through word of mouth and ample self-promotion the anticipation in this album grew. Soon Jay Hill moved home and was signed to Swade Records out of Pittsburgh, PA with plans to release the songs onto two EPs starting with “fare tredici, the B sides”, a 6-song appetizer featuring “Goin’ to California” which will be co-distributed thought Curtain Call Records on April 20th of 2020. The remaining “A sides” will be released later in the year with the follow up album already set to begin production in August of 2020.