Dillbilly (pronouns: they/them) is a genre-queer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the rural Midwest who's sound migrates across folk, Americana, and alt-country influences. Their songs are laden with lyrics that investigate gender, queerness, class, privilege, and shame taking a deep dive into the complexity and responsibility of being a white working class queer from a red state.
Raised in a rural trailer park near the Ohio River, Dill grew up surrounded by cornfields, grain silos. At 18, they won a piano scholarship that sent them to Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Over the past 20+ years, they have been performing and touring across the U.S. and Canada releasing 9 full length albums as well as contributions to soundtracks for movies and TV under their birth name. Most of those releases were self recorded and produced. Since moving to the Bay Area in 2015, they renamed their musical self and chose a name that more accurately embodies where they come from and how they identify.
Over the past two years, they have been working with producer, Julie Wolf to record their 10th record to be released in late 2020. This upcoming release features artists like Vicki Randle (Mavis Stapes), Todd Sickafoose (Anais Mitchell), Daren Hahn (Ani Difranco), Allison Miller (Boom Tic Boom), and Julie Wolf (Indigo Girls).
In addition to their new record they have been building an adjacent project called Working Class Windows (WCW) that weaves songs from their new record with portrait photography and oral histories from queer and trans working class folks from across the country. WCW is an exploration of the in/visibility of queer, transgender, and non-binary working class communities. The WCW team includes Dillbilly; Rhonda Kinard, a musician/photographer from the Bay Area; and Briget Boyle, a singer and creative director of a small independent label.
Whether the vehicle of the song is guitar, banjo, or piano, Dill’s songwriting is “[…] so strong you can taste it. It is sweet, spicy, savory, organic, homegrown, lots of twists, sometimes complex, sometimes so simple, and oh so very delicious! Their albums makes you want to sit in a rocking chair on a front porch in the fall while eating peach salsa, or wander out deep in the woods without knowing were you’ll end up,” says artist and friend Margaret Belton of San Franscisco, CA.