Singer Songwriter Sessions
Aug 4, 2019
Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pmThe Milton Theatre
This event is all ages
Not just one but four talented singer-songwriters will come to the Milton Theatre stage! This incredible night will feature four big names in the live music scene whose roots all trace back to Delaware: Sol Knopf, Ed Shockley, Keith Mack, and Cliff Hillis.
The historic Milton Theatre is a uniquely diverse venue where you will find the best local, regional, national, and international talent. Free municipal and on-street parking are available. Full bar and light food options available. This facility is fully accessible.https://www.miltontheatre.com/event/1810196/
With over 7,000 performances in his career, Sol has toured the USA fronting show bands, been lead guitarist with Atlantic Records recording artists Mike Hines and the Look, has appeared on the Nashville Network and has been blessed to frequently share the stage with Grammy Award winning, Hall of of Fame inducted and accomplished hit songwriters such as Tony Arata, Doug James, Don Henry, Craig Bickhardt, Michael Johnson, Thom Schuyler and many more.
Although Sol’s original music has brought him acclaim, much of his career has been built on performing the great hits of our time in the Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and South West Florida region as a solo performer. In Sol’s solo act he either performs all acoustic or as a one man band. His one man band cover act is what has brought the most notoriety, performing for thousands of Corporate functions, Theaters, Casinos and private parties throughout his career.
With over 50 songs published in his illustrious career, Ed's “Dodge City” (Jack of Diamonds) became an anthem to a generation of music fans in the mid-Atlantic region. After moving to NYC, Ed, along with the band Cries, signed a major recording/publishing contract with RCA Records. During these years, Ed played on hundreds of recording sessions, appeared on national TV, and performed as a singer/narrator for TV and radio commercials. Back in Delaware, Vinyl Shockley has been the vehicle for much of Ed’s songwriting through the band’s three CDs of original music. More recently, Ed has been a member of the roots gospel trio, The Reminders, cowriting several songs on their three CD’s. Ed is also a member of the very popular 10 piece Rock
and Soul band, The Funsters.
In 2005, Ed received the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival’s ninth annual Artz Award, which is presented to a local person who has contributed to furthering and fostering the musical community in the Cape region. The award recognized Ed as “The Ambassador of Music”.
The seven song EP features an eclectic mix of strong melody and thoughtful lyrics. The title track "Love Not War" gives a nod to the sound and sentiment of 1970's era FM radio while sounding fresh and new, courtesy of the lush musical backing of Patrick Berkery on drums (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Pernice Brothers, Wesley Stace), Jason Loughlin on guitar (Amos Lee, Rachel Yamagata), Greg Maragos (Quickstep John, The Everthere) on bass and keyboards, Shelley Weiss on violin and David Kershner on trumpet.
The EP also features guest performances by guitarist Mike Molnar (The Bellfuries) on the song "The Buddha's Belly", as well as backing vocals from singer songwriter Dan Bern on the track "Too Many Songs", which was co-written by Cliff Hillis & Dan Bern.
In support of the release, Hillis will be performing a number of East Coast shows solo and with his live band "The Forward Thinkers" as well as pursuing a targeted Triple A radio campaign.
Hillis' work has recently garnered praise from notable songwriters:
"Cliff is taking some chances while also delivering some solid pop production, the stuff you'd expect from a big fan of big pop. it's a blast to listen to." - Mike Viola, acclaimed recording artist, producer, and composer
"You know who's really good? Cliff Hillis." - Rhett Miller, singer/songwriter, Old '97s
In the 1980's Keith first teamed with one of rock's greatest lead singers, Patty Smyth and joined the band Scandal. The group went on to produce hits like "Goodbye to You," "Love's Got a Line on You," and the chart topping single and album "The Warrior". In 2015, Keith co-produced Patty’s Holiday CD, COME ON DECEMBER, co-writing three of the original songs on the disc.
Keith and Patty have also been working together on new material and hope to be back in the studio this year. Keith’s solo career saw the release of THE MOMENT in 2014 with nine original tracks. The CD brings Keith's voice to the forefront on every song. From the opening mandolin and hard driving Hammond Organ on "The Secret of Fire", to the ever hopeful power ballad "Kind Word", and the bluesy soul searching track "When Right is Wrong", Keith brings an honest and emotionally charged soulful sound to his debut CD. Keith will be following up THE MOMENT with new music released throughout 2017. The first single, IF IT'S REALLY TRUE, was released in 2016 and the new track, TOO SOON GONE, dedicated to the memory of former Scandal band mate and close friend Benji King, will be available this summer. (www.keithmack.net.,