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Billy Pilgrim - 1994 Billy Pilgrim

ARTIST: Billy Pilgrim
ALBUM: Billy Pilgrim
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: 7567-82515-2
YEAR: 1994


LINEUP: Andrew Hyra - vocals, guitars * Kristian Bush - vocals, guitars * Don McCollister - bass * Kenny Aranoff - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Get Me Out Of Here * 02 Insomniac * 03 Try * 04 Here We Go Again * 05 Halfway Home * 06 Hula Hoop * 07 Hurricane Season * 08 Lost And Found In Tinseltown * 09 Too Many People * 10 Mama Says

Billy Pilgrim was an American folk rock duo based in Atlanta, Georgia, comprising Andrew Hyra and Kristian Bush. Formed in 1990, the duo simply went under the handle of their own names, but borrowed the name from the character of a Kurt Vonnegut book 'Slaughterhouse-Five' and signed a deal with Atlantic Records during 1993. Hyra, who is the brother of actress Meg Ryan, and his musical partner Bush, opt for a melodic folk oriented sound, which has big and lush production qualities. The self titled debut was released in January 1994, but recorded between May 1993 and June 1993 at Nickel and Dime Studios in Atlanta, Georgia - with Don McCollister producing and well known British engineer Hugh Padgham mixing the record.

The Songs
If you liked the folk/rock interwoven style made popular by bands such as Stealin' Horses or Shaking Family, then Billy Pilgrim will appeal to your musical senses, though in all honesty, the duo dip into far more traditional folky styles than those two aforementioned bands ever did. It's part arthouse acoustic, coffee/cafe/college oriented.. you get the drift, with an emphasis on the lyrical/musical blend that most followers of acoustic music will appreciate. Some tracks will be a bit too 'down home and country' for the average GDAZER, but others will touch a chord. Have a listen to the compelling organic 'Insomniac', or the beautiful guitar/mandolin mixture of 'Try'. There's a lot to like with the swinging melodies of 'Here We Go Again' and 'Lost & Found In Tinseltown', the latter reminiscent of modern day Nashville, whereas the introspective lyrics of 'Too Many People' seems to indicate the protagonist likes his isolation and privacy.. lol!

In Summary
Following this album, the duo released a follow-up album called 'Bloom', a full national tour resulted, but by 1996, Atlantic Records had called time on their relationship and Billy Pilgrim were dropped. This did not stop the duo completely, with a few independent releases hitting the market place, including 2001's 'In The Time Machine, though by years end Hyra and Bush had ceased activity with Billy Pilgrim. Kristian Bush has since gone onto a career in country music with the successful band.. Sugarland.

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#1 | englandashes on May 25 2009 18:10:40
I remember buying this along with 'Bloom' together on a record buying trip. I seemed to listen to 'Bloom' alot more, as it contained a couple of stunning tracks in 'Carefully' and 'I Don't Know Much', both albums are worth picking up, they were also favourites of the old Frontline fanzine.
#2 | trillion1999 on October 25 2011 13:49:51
I remember seeing this album all the time in the store that had Mood Swings as well.I always wondered what it was.Thanks for finally enlightening me with this review and first comment.
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