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Markus Rill - 7 August 2009

Artist's website:

"If voices were highways, Markus Rill's would be gravel ... like Steve Earle, Tom Waits, and Lucinda Williams, Rill excels at songwriting."

Markus Rill is Europe's premier Americana artist. The gravel-voiced singer-songwriter and guitar picker has released six albums full of finely crafted songs and passionate performances.

His album, "The Price Of Sin", was released throughout Europe to spectacular reviews that compare Rill's writing to that of luminaries like Steve Earle, Tom Waits, James McMurtry and Lucinda Williams. The CD quickly climbed to the #3 spot on the EuroAmericana chart and ended up on numerous year-end best lists from journalists and radio DJs all over Europe.

The album's 12 captivating songs showcase Rill's somber, more acoustic side. Produced by Rill and Nashville's Tone Chaperone George Bradfute, "The Price Of Sin" was recorded with some of the most in-demand musicians on the Americana scene: Fats Kaplin (Tom Russell, Dead Reckoners), Dave Jacques (John Prine, Patty Griffin, Todd Snider), Bryan Owings (Buddy Miller, Shelby Lynne) and Dave Coleman (The Coalmen).

Rill is the only German artist on the prestigious Blue Rose label, home of Kris Kristofferson, Steve Earle, Buddy Miller, Dwight Yoakam, and John Hiatt on the old continent. His stellar songwriting has been recognized several times by competitions like the ISC International Songwriting Competition with 15,000 entries and a judge's panel including Tom Waits, Loretta Lynn and Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls, the international Unisong contest, the Singer-Songwriter Awards and the American Songwriter magazine competition.

Since the release of his debut album in 1997, Markus Rill has toured extensively throughout Europe and the US, headlining and sharing stages with Townes van Zandt, Chris Knight, Steve Wynn, Hal Ketchum, The Drive-By Truckers, John Wesley Harding, Elliott Murphy, and others. He has also recorded with Duane Jarvis (Lucinda Williams, Dwight Yoakam, Peter Case) and Steve Conn (Sonny Landreth, Bonnie Raitt, Mark Knopfler).