Hickory Hill Recordings


The First Fifteen Years

The First Fifteen Years

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Hickory Hill’s early years are chronicled here with 23 songs chosen from their first four recordings. Partial reviews from those albums,
Coyote Night, Special Historical Edition, It’s About Time and Reminiscin’ follow below.

Released November, 1995
Turquoise Records

Personnel: Rolan Foster, Ronny Singley, Bob Stegall, Don Eaves and John Early

Special Guests: James Aaron - pedal steel guitar, Jimmy Godwin - acoustic guitar, James Pennebaker - fiddle, Terry Salyer - percussion

Digital Remix Engineered by Greg Hunt at Rosewood Studios, Tyler, Texas
Mastered by Airshow, Inc., Springfield, VA
Cover Art by Brad Attaway
Band Photograph by Rick Gardner

"Hickory Hill remains one of the great show bands in bluegrass music…some  fabulous material, perfectly suited for their approach" -- Bluegrass Unlimited

"...chock full of creative lyrics and instrumental high points." -- Bluegrass, Canada

"Hickory Hill is a cross between Poco gone grass and a Dirt Band that bathes, with a splash of Bill Monroe...if Poco's 'Good Feelin' To Know' made you smile, this one will too." -- Dirty Linen


Following are summaries and reviews from Hickory Hill’s first four albums...

(Released April, 1990)

Old And Gray     If You're Ever Gonna Love Me     Through The Morning, Through The Night     S. T. Breakdown     Gertha    
Just A Little Talk With Jesus     One Bullet Hunt

Ole Slewfoot     Song For The Life     If I Lose     Angel Band     Train Leaves Here This Morning     Cripple Creek / Old Joe Clark     Rindercella

"I've rarely heard a band that could project themselves in their music as well as these boys. Hickory Hill has found an identity and have expressed it well here..." -- Bluegrass Unlimited.


(Released May, 1985)

Hoedown     Simple Love Song     Kentucky Home     Mare (Take Me Home)     Bad Company

Glendale Train     There She Goes Dancing     Salt Creek     Road With No End     It's About Time

"Six of the ten selections are original, previously unrecorded material... clean, clear, full sound… If all the albums produced sounded like this, bluegrass would be at the top of the record charts." -- Bluegrass Newsletter


(Released May, 1983)

I Wish You Knew     Pickin' For My Family     The Christian Life     Hillbilly Fiddle     Amie     Why You Been Gone So Long

Huckleberry Hornpipe     Lowlands     James Boys And Me     Will You Miss Me     Thank You Lord Medley     Little Old Lady

"Hickory Hill, one of Texas' most popular bluegrass groups, gives us another bluegrass gem with this, their second album, and they do it by taking the fine sound and infectious humor they bring to the stage, and somehow transfer it to the record, a feat almost impossible to do in bluegrass music." -- " Houston Chronicle.

"...they play and sing well, effectively communicating a band identity, and that makes them a recognizable unit instead of just another bunch of pickers...it's a well conceived, well played, and well produced album..." -- Bluegrass Unlimited.


(Released March, 1982)

Coyote Night     No Longer A Sweetheart     Good Morning Country Rain     Midnight Moonlight     Old Time Feeling     Black Mountain Rag

These Old Blues     Old Man At The Mill     Love Of The Mountains     Dream Of A Miner's Child     Bluegrass Breakdown    
Tears In Peaceful Valley      Will You Be Ready To Go Home

"Coyote Night” proves to be an adeptly produced effort showcasing some first-rate musical talent that readily blends into one common purpose...a convincing debut album…Hickory Hill is going to be around for quite a while." -- Bluegrass Unlimited.

"Something that is difficult, if not impossible, to capture on record is a group's personality on stage, their rapport with an audience. Hickory Hill can lull you with their...East Texas good ol' boys demeanor and then blow you out of your seat with their music. You'll have to go and see them in person for that." -- Bluegrass Newsletter.