First Listen: Shiloh Hill releases ‘Gardens’ new single, video to kick off ‘Magic Cool Bus’ tour

By Lisa Snedeker

Shiloh Hill is a self-described eclectic folk-rock band that layers traditional folk instruments over a rock band rhythm section. My husband and I had the pleasure of discovering their unique sound last year at Craft City Sip-In in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The Winston-Salem-based band, which is making its first appearance at Shakori Hills Fall 2018, is releasing its newest single and video “Gardens” on Friday, Aug. 3, and you can hear it first here.

The band’s bio states, “The dance-worthy grooves mingle with hometown banjo, turning the stage into a front porch, where frontman Nick Hofstetter and his wife, Mamie, weave stories in harmony. Their winsome, family-band style ensures great fun and even better friends.”

The band is rounded out by Nicholas Forrester and Jacob Kuhn.

I can attest to the “dance-worthy grooves” we personally witnessed by at least one gentleman. And I think the catchy, upbeat (can I say happy?), “Gardens,” is a fun departure for the folk-rock band and I hope to hear more like it on their new album planned for an early 2019 release. The video is is a sweet look at friendship and maybe something deeper.

But don’t take my word for it. Check out the band’s newest tune and video for yourself:

“Gardens” was recorded at Sioux Sioux Studios in Charlotte.  Other artists who have recorded there include Taking Back Sunday, Sunny Ledford and Amy Ray of Indigo Girls. The song was co-produced and engineered by Gage Owens from High Point, North Carolina.

For mastering the band chose to send the track to Dave Harris of Studio B Mastering in Charlotte.

“We shot the video using a free stop animation app for Android called ‘Stop Motion Studio’ and edited with Adobe Premiere,” says Hofstetter.  “The video took two weeks to create and before editing we shot 1,133 individual frames.”

Hofstetter continues, “I originally sewed the first sock doll as a gift for my wife, Mamie.  Once we saw how cool it turned out we knew we wanted to make a video with it. We brainstormed for a few days then once we came up with the concept for the video I made the second doll.”

Along with releasing “Gardens,” the band will be leaving for its  “Magic Cool Bus” tour on Aug. 11. Cities include: Richmond, DC, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Rochester, Buffalo, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Louisville, Nashville, Knoxville, Asheville, and Winston-Salem.

Find all the tour dates here.

The tour will conclude with a show at The Ramkat in Winston-Salem on Aug. 25.  “There we will be joined by three local and very talented indie bands; Companyon, Foxture and I, Anomaly.” Ticket info can be found here.  

You can download “Gardens” from the following platforms: