|Bill Hicks (1943-2018)
was active in music through
2017. He retired from stone masonry a few years before. He and his
wife Libby played contra dances around the southeast and various concerts
and gigs featured their wide ranging vocal interests: original songs, blues,
swing, and harmony duets. Bill performed his original songs at solo venues
and frequently with former Red Clay Ramblers Jim Watson and Mike Craver
along with Joe Newberry to crank up the old model T yet again. Bill and
Libby have a Copper Creek CD, South of Nowhere. Bill recorded a
live show at the Cave in Chapel Hill and self-produced a CD,
Gig, featuring his original songs and guitar playing in a solo context.
He did occasional studio work with various musicians, including all of
Jim Watson's solo recordings and Chapel Hill's Joe Woodson. Bill and Libby
taught occasionally at the Augusta Heritage Workshops, and--in the summer
of '04--at Allegheny Echoes in Marlinton, WV. Bill was a contributing editor
of the Old Time Herald. He took advantage of the existence of this
website to start his little blog of opinions: Admit One Journal as well
as a corner of blogspot.com called "Ramblings of a Fiddler." Links
to all of the above are found on William
Red Clay Ramblers Mike Craver,
Hicks and Jim Watson reunited
in 2001 at the Festival for the Eno and played increasing numbers of concerts
each year through 2017. (photo by Tom
Hicks, Watson, Newberry
|Between Bill & Libby
gigs, Bill Hicks solos his original songs, accompanied not by his legendary
fiddle, but by both electric and acoustic guitars. (Old-timers, hold
your snow cones.) One night Bill entertained the crowd at The Cave
in Chapel Hill while over on the side, Rick Ramirez of Temple Ball Productions
had set up his equipment to record. The result - Bill's solo CD The
Perfect Gig - can be yours. Write
Bill for info.
November 14, 2001
(recording The Perfect Gig)
pics and review of the show
When Bill's not fiddlin'
or writing, he creates in masonry. He built these steps a few years
ago for a Duke Professor of Economics. View his work at William
|Bill as seen by a fan at the Beaufort
isn't nearly as old as it used to be"
Bill at his birthday party,
Time is Bill's witty history of the Red Clay Ramblers during his
years from 1972-1981. The journey includes some of his short stories
as well. He changed the names to protect the anything-but-innocent,
but we bet you can figure out who's who.
the roots of the Red Clay Ramblers. Bill was a member of the Fuzzy
Mountain String Band before becoming a Blur. We've added some new
pics of the Fuzzies, Bill with Tommy Jarrell, and a pre-Fuzzy band
of Bill's, the Smokey Grass Band.
Ketchin interviewed Bill back in 1978 about
his music. More interviews from those days are linked from the Red
Clay Ramblers Souvenirs
Bill's article "A Remembrance: In Honor of a Reunion of Middle-Aged
Old-Time Musicians at Camp New Hope, Orange County, NC, April, 1989"