Singer, songwriter combo propels Heathcote Hill

Heathcote Hill

There are a lot of great singer, songwriters. However, usually the best material comes when one person writes the material and they find the right person to sing. Elton John is a great performer, but his songs wouldn’t be much if not for Bernie Taupin. Taupin wrote the words to all those great songs between 1967 and 1977. You can tell the difference when they took a break from each other between 1977 and 1979.

Heathcote Hill is a landmark in Mamaroneck, New York. It’s also the name of a band. Tom Nelson writes the songs, and Megan Porcaro Herspring’s beautiful voice breathes life into them.

This is a large scale band made up some of the most talented musicians your ears will ever meet — Tory Ridder, Mike Bishop, Akil James, Rob Arthur, Sammy Merendino, Steve Count, Ann Klein, Lorenza Ponce, Bruce Rose, Jim Nelson, Vanessa Ridder, Amanda Homi, Bette Sussman, Neal Coomer, and many more.

These musicians have worked with Peter Frampton, Cyndi Lauper, Billy Joel, Foreigner, Little Steven, Sara Bareilles, Donna Summer and Bette Midler. Take note of all those different styles.

Their albums, including their latest The Stories We Are Told, are truly remarkable works of art which play out like mini-dramas.

“What is this album about?” Tom asks rhetorically, “Our songs are about actual people we know and what’s bugging them about a world that isn’t as predictable as it used to be. And our heroes are the people we admire who do something because they love it.”

This is Americana music at its best. It also helps the album was produced and mixed by Timothy M. Hatfield, who worked with Keith Richards, Steve Earle and Death Cab for Cutie.

Heathcote Hill now has four albums under its belt and will be doing shows to support this latest one around New York in clubs we’ve all heard of — Bowry Electric, Garcia’s and The Bitter End. Their music has also appeared on over 500 radio stations across the U.S., Canada and worldwide.

What I really love about these guys is they are just real people, doing something they truly love. “All I Remember Is You,” the band’s first single off the new disc, is already gaining traction at Triple A and Americana radio stations. Many of the band members have families and still work regular jobs, so don’t tour to far from home.

Of course, that could change. “Last year hundreds of radio stations played our songs. We’re hooked,” Tom said.

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