“Ned Hill. Heard of him? I didn’t think so. Well he’s a terrific songwriter and performer who has been paying dirt-scratching dues in Music City in for nigh on 30 years — ever since he left his Kentucky homeland for Nashville, formed a band, made several records with his first band here in town, The Cowards, and several more (occasionally brilliant) ones with the recently defunct Ned Van Go. He is now a solo artist and just dropped his first album under his own flag, Six Feet Above Ground, produced by the great Dave Coleman and boasting a sound and focus like no record he’s ever done before. There’s even a string section. It’s good — really good — and if you’ve never checked him out (which is likely), this is a great place to start.”
Tommy Womack-The East Nashvillian
“Hill doesn’t wield his trademark Telecaster, having surrendered that role to (Dave) Coleman who plays an array of guitars, keyboards, bass, percussion and backing vocals. Hill strums an acoustic and blows his harp a few times. There’s even a string section for the opening track “Half Alive.” Nonetheless, the music bounces nicely with infectious hooks, jangling guitars, pulsating rhythm section and Hill’s authentic narratives. He’s a terrific story teller…
This is the epitome of what we like about Americana – great songs filled with rich, gritty images of streets and railroads, love lost and found – all backed by edgy country arrangements that owe as much to old school rock n’ roll as classic country.”
Jim Hynes-Country Standard Time
“Track after track, Hill and band (and they are a very good band, let me tell you) step just far enough away without disturbing the flow. Some rock, some shuffle, some just lay back. All are good. Some better than good.
Now, I know what’s going to happen. Some of you will listen for ten seconds and quit because you’re going to say it sounds country. Don’t make that mistake. The truth is in the details and this puppy is detailed for the length of the album. Give it a chance. If you stick with it, you’re going to understand. Because this ain’t quite country… and it’s damn good.”
Frank Gutch Jr-No Depression Magazine
“Ned Hill’s new release Six Feet Above Ground (Michael J. Media) is full of honest stories of life’s hard won victories and bitter defeats. Produced by Dave Coleman in Nashville, the album is Hill’s first solo album after years of making music as Ned Van Go, the Cowards and in the Blue Cha Chas. With Jeffrey Perkins on drums and Johnny Mark Miller on bass, the songs keep a beat that recalls the best of early country music. Fiddles round out Hill’s acoustic guitar and the result is a downhome understated wonder…”
The album weaves tales of streets and railroads, love and loneliness, struggle and survival, all cradled in comforting country arrangements that’ll leave you feeling all right on your ride home after the show.
Melissa Clarke-Americana Highways
“Hill’s got some serious songwriting chops, without getting too fancy. He’s not trying to be Bob Dylan or overly clever, but he regularly turns an honest phrase that hits home. ‘That’s My Story’, for exams;e, tells the story of the highs and lows of (maybe) his own life by tapping into a driving rhythm and what I take for honesty: ‘White knuckle liberal arts anxiety, so I scored a little dope from some SAE’s, but wound up on the floor praying for a resurrection.’ It’s easy to picture the scene.”
Suzanne Cadgene-Elmore Magazine
“This is music to not only be heard for some perception of artistic quality, but also for the stories the singer is telling. Two of the ten tracks are quite soft and melodic and they showcase Hill’s more gentle side. Those tracks are of course contrasted by the up tempo country displays such as on “That’s My Story.” I found myself really engrossed into the meaning behind each song and the time I spent reviewing the entire work took longer than normal. This is because I spent most of the time listening and tapping my foot because I really enjoyed Ned Hill’s new release. And “That’s MY Story”.
Paul Wilson-Audiophile Review
“Heavily lived in lyrics that aren’t made for white bread, commercial consumption, he doesn’t cut corners when it comes to proudly displaying his rough edges. A solid bet for those that like it kept real, this is grand trip down the back alleys of humanity as it goes about it’s daily business.”- Midwest Record
“Great Record!” –Joe Berry-Back 40 podcast- World Wide What Not
“With ‘Six Feet Above Ground,’ Ned Hill fights the good fight for all of us struggling day by day, hoping one day to come out as winners. Sho’ nuff not bad for “an old folksinging troubadour!” – Don & Sheryls Blues Blog