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Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival at Creative Alliance

Arty Hill & the Long Gone Daddys

honky-tonk country Baltimore, Maryland
Photo Credit: Edwin Remsberg Photographs
Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival at Creative Alliance

2013-14 Folklife Apprenticeship Award recipient

San Antonio Express said of Arty Hill, “One of the best country singers going right now is not from Texas or from Tennessee—he’s from Baltimore, and his name is Arty Hill.” While this bit of journalistic phrasing might come as a surprise to Texans, Marylanders know honky-tonk and country music are as native to their shores as blue crabs are to the Chesapeake Bay.

Born on Maryland’s historic Eastern Shore, Arty grew up listening to classic country music, as well as the rock, pop, and jazz favored by his parents. Now a resident of Baltimore City, he spends his time with his ace band, the Long Gone Daddys, writing and recording songs that he describes as “marrying the soul of classic country with the wry storytelling of Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt.”

Arty is the cofounder of the Hank Williams Songwriting Workshop in Montgomery, Alabama. He received a Folklife Apprenticeship Award from the Maryland Traditions program in 2013-2014 to apprentice under master artist Mel Price, a Maryland country music legend who passed away in 2014 at the age of 94. With his energetic lives shows and a singing style that has been compared to Johnny Cash, Arty continues to carry the flame for honky-tonk country in Maryland.

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