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A one-of-a-kind sandstone voice,
fine guitar pickin’,
and songs that get under your skin.

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 brand-new one, “The Price Of Sin”, was released throughout Europe in May 2006 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. The album’s 12 captivating songs showcase Rill’s somber, more acoustic side. Produced by Rill and Nashville’s legendary Tone Chaperone George Bradfute, “The Price Of Sin” was recorded with some of the finest and 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 European artist on the prestigious Blue Rose label, home of Kris Kristofferson, 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.

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