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"I just saw you tonight on TV and wanted to tell you that I really enjoyed listening to are really doing it great, it was enjoyable watching you.​"

Live Music is Better when John Plays Live...

Beethoven composed many of his greatest works after the onset of significant hearing loss.  How can this be?  It’s because we listen with our hearts, not our ears.   


Music is a spiritual experience.  The magic is not simply within  the notes themselves, but what lies within the soul of the performer.  That's why we call great performers soulful.

Live Music is Better!  For one thing, the sound quality is much better.  It feels deeper, more pure than the digital streams we’ve grown accustomed to. More importantly, live musical entertainment offers a more authentic, intimate experience for listeners.  

Country, Folk, Blues, Bluegrass & Rock Music

Live Entertainment, Albany NY

Singer, songwriter, musician, and entertainer John Hill is a soulful and authentic performance artist.  He believes, “There is great power in music, my job as an entertainer is to act as a channel through which that power can resonate.”  


A soloist, John plays Martin acoustic guitars, sings with conviction, and accompanies himself with sweet, sometimes raucous harmonica solos. He plays a wide range of American music including country, folk, blues, rock, bluegrass, gospel, and standards.  A full-time working musician, John performs over 300 dates per year throughout the Capital Region, Mid Hudson Valley, Vermont, and Cape Cod.  


His particular attention to song selection ensures that each tune rings true for him, and also true for you.  Some of John’s primary influences include favorites like Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Jerry Garcia, Merle Haggard, Neil Young, Ralph Stanley, Willie Nelson, and Waylon Jennings.  You can hear his personal connection with each tune in his expansive repertoire.  


John plays live at a variety of venues including:


  • Bars & Restaurants

  • Special Events and Festivals

  • Private Parties 

  • Corporate Events

  • Weddings


Live music is about the relationship between the performer, the music, and the audience.  Sometimes music merely provides background ambiance, other times it’s purpose is to enhance and augment the scene.  John says, “Every audience is unique, so I don’t use a set list.  Each performance is like a conversation between me and them, so I select songs in the spur of the moment based on what’s happening around me.”


Contact John today and bring the power of music to your guests for your next party or event.  Live music is better, when John Plays Live!

Watch these videos below and throughout this website!

"...been listening to your songs which are awesome. Especially the ones you wrote yourself."

Needle and the Damage Done, Neil Young

Old Man, Neil Young

Heart of Gold, Neil Young

I'll Be Your Baby Tonight, Bob Dylan

Don't Ease Me In, Grateful Dead

Friend Of the Devil, Grateful Dead

Oh, Sister, Bob Dylan

 John Hill is an Albany NY Singer Songwriter performing throughout the upper Hudson Valley including Saratoga Springs, Windham, Woodstock, Cairo, Lake George and Lake Placid, as well as Vermont including Bennington, Manchester, Stratton and Bondville, as well as Cape Cod Ma. including Orleans, Harwich Port, Dennis and Wellfleet.

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