Todd Terrill

Todd Terrill
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Todd Terrill has been playing music professionally for over 25 years. Although he’s had many brushes with success, he’s still performing at small venues, which he prefers. He enjoys doing both acoustic back up shows for headline acts, and headlining with his diverse and professionally talented band. He began playing piano at age 4, and trained classically for 8 years. He began playing guitar at age 15. Todd has played New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma for 25-plus years, refining his music to “real-life people and situations”. He has composed and written over 350 original songs that vary in style from rock, blues, folk, religious, classical, Texas country, and Red Dirt. Bill Graham Productions out of San Francisco picked Todd up in the mid 1980’s, yet Bill Graham was killed in a helicopter crash that ended their union. Todd played for the Oklahoma City Arts Council and the Oklahoma State Fair for 14 years, and is a United States Coast Guard licensed Captain. Todd has played legendary Texas music venues such as Shorty’s and The Salty Dog in Port Aransas. He performed regularly in the Kerr McGee Corporation’s Lunchtime Spotlight in downtown Oklahoma City. He’s received radio airplay on KKLR in Edmond, OK, Magic 95 in Lawton, OK, the KATT in Oklahoma City, and KNON in Dallas. In 2005 he opened for Rusty Wier and Davin James in Texomaland, Tommy Alverson in Deep Ellum at the Texas Tea House, was featured with Cooter Graw in an Ernie Sheltry Production, and the Gene Autry Fest in Tioga, TX, with Ronnie Spears and Brian Raiders, all acoustically. His mother was born in Abilene, TX, as were many of his relatives, and his father was born in Oklahoma. He was raised on Hank Thompson, Merle Haggard, George Jones, and all of the Grand Ole Opry trailblazers, along the Red River Basin. Todd says “Even though I’ve played everything else, that music is where I came from, and who I am. I guess I’m half Okie, and half Texan. Going into Texas is like going home”. He became aware of the Red Dirt movement many years ago, and knew he would belong within it. “After many years of searching for my niche, I have found a style that has always been home, I just didn’t know it. Let Nashville have their so-called country artists, it’s all pop and commercial. Everyone knows that the hard-core country and Red Dirt artists come from Texas and Oklahoma. We don’t need Nashville or anyone else“. Todd ran his fishing, dolphin, and supper charters on his yacht out of Rockport, TX, and met many fine artists who he networked with in the Texas Music Scene in the past 5 years. Simply, he says “It was a lot of great Texans and a lot of great music”. Todd books many venues in Texas and Oklahoma. He looks forward to becoming a permanent part of the Texas Music Scene. His music offers a realistic perspective of life, relationships, and adventures that he experienced in Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma. He says “We have our own way of doing it here and my music is real. You don’t find anything that is real in the over-manufactured, highly-produced, commercialized Nashville sound“.
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Average Rating : 5              Total Reviews: 3

Todd Terrill  08/13/2007            
Bob Mildred
Mr. Terrill's compositions are counterpoint, with spontaneous melody. The storylines are ascending and descending, and compelling with an emotional force of the lyrics. The background music is poignant reflecting a beautiful marriage of words and music. The music is beautiful, also reflecting the emotional turmoil of the music and lyrics, in other words, the story lives. There is an extremely artful transition of major and minor keys.
Todd Terrill  08/11/2007            
Hey, Lone Star fans. I heard Todd and his band, Hardcore Country, last Friday week (August 3)in El Reno, Oklahoma, at Gilmore's Pub and Barefoot Bar. Todd's original songs have great melodies and lyrics. He and his band really put the tunes across live. Their playing reminds me of Hank, Jr., Tim McGraw, Pink Floyd, and Metallica rolled into one, and the guys jam like Robert Randolph and his Family Band. Guess their music's hard core and red dirt dirt enough for every fan. Best of all, the crowd, Todd, and the band had a great time together. So catch Todd Terrill and Hardcore Country when they show up where your at. Hope I'll see ya there.
Todd Terrill  05/14/2007            
What a refreshing new sound. The cd tells a story almost. The songwriting and composition is top notch.
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