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Published on Aug 21, 2012
The Boulder Box Set music series, which features performances captured live in high definition in the ATLAS Institute's Black Box theater, premiered in July 2012 on Rocky Mountain PBS. It featured award-winning folk/rock musicians Andy Hill and Renée Safier backed by some of the best musicians in the business, including Bruce Springsteen-sideman Marty Rifkin, eTown bassist Chris Engleman and Denver's own Mike Marlier on drums. In this video, Ira Liss of the ATLAS Institute interviews Hill and Safier. They have released eleven independent CDs and have won numerous awards including "Best Duo/Group" from the International Acoustic Music Awards and "Americana Group of the Year" from the LA Music Awards. Now based in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, Hill and Safier began performing together while they were students at the University of Denver more than 20 years ago. They maintain their Colorado roots through performances at various Colorado venues, including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, where Safier's prodigious blues and jazz vocals won the acoustic blues competition in 2005. As a songwriter, Hill is a student of the folk and rock classics -- Van Morrison, The Band, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and Bob Dylan -- and it shows. Boundary-pushing use of the language, sweeping vocal harmonies, unforgettable melodic content and tightly crafted arrangements are all hallmarks of his writing and producing style.