Surrender Hill is an energetic musical incarnation that has captured the flavor of “a little country in their soul” (and a little rock ‘n roll too) as a result of band leader Robin Dean Salmon’s global roots. Coming from a wide open background, Surrender Hill has synthesized life’s experiences into a universal sense of freedom both lyrically and musically. - MELISSA CLARK -
B-SIDES AND BADLANDS REVIEW - JASON SCOTT
Their backgrounds, both together and apart, inform much of their work. They weave in great understanding of the human condition, torn and battered, yet resilient and commanding, and across the new record, they center on stories ⏤ in whatever form that takes, from personal anecdotes to second-hand accounts.
STOMP AND STAMMER – JEFF CLARK
“Badge of a Punk Rock Band,” is a winner.”
“Afton Seekins, whose voice has a striking Stevie Nicks rasp to it, helps bring out the pop elements of their sound.”
TURNSTYLED JUNKPILED REVIEW - By Brian Rock
"Husband and wife duo, Surrender Hill, put a whole lot of work into their fourth album, A Whole Lot of Freedom. The album is an ambitious, eighteen song exploration of roots music and realized dreams. With plenty of minor keys, yearning fiddle strains and gorgeous vocal harmonies, Surrender Hill create a sumptuous Americana dreamscape.
Husband, Robin Dean Salmon and wife, Afton Seekins beautifully blend their voices in sonic synergy like fellow Americana musical couples, The Grahams and Brigitte DeMeyer & Will Kimbrough. Singing songs about chasing dreams while holding on to love, they combine personal, Guy Clark style lyrics with lush, Roseanne Cash influenced musical arrangements."
Today Glide is offering an exclusive premiere of “Turn This Train Around”, one of the standout tracks on the new album. The simple drum beat and sparse and twangy guitar immediately evoke the sound of the American West. Salmon handles the lead vocals, conjuring images of traveling across a barren landscape as he sings about a life of travel and making major changes in life. Seekins lends her own vocals to the track to give it shimmering harmonies. The imagery of of trains and driving across the desert definitely brings to mind the great road songs across outlaw country and Americana, and “Turn This Train Around” fits right in.
AMERICANA MUSIC SHOW
“A Whole Lot Of Freedom by Surrender Hill strikes you as a country rock album. But the more you listen to it the more you realize these songs are songwriter material with very strong lyrics and beautiful harmonies too. Lots of good vibes on this one.”
“They have the tools to build the songs. They put a little rock edge on some songs, pretty guitars and harmonies on this pleasant collection. Note “Winter in America” as an example.” “Clean, clear production.”
"The two songwriters present beautiful country music, heart-warming, sometimes also bittersweet, but always building soft, melancholic melodies that are easy to listen to."
Surrender Hill is much more than a man and a woman just singing together. On Their second album 'Right Here Right Now', Robin Dean Salmon and his partner Afton Seekins are once again performing strongly with heavenly harmony vocals and impressive country ballads that will easily help to put you in the right mood for an evening in the arms or your beloved. "
"Elements of Americana, Folk, Country and Singer/songwriter, sounding like a perfect cross between Bruce Springsteen, Rodney Crowell and Dolly Parton, both vocally and musically speaking. It all sounds very fresh and memorable, with a nice variety due to the use of both male and female lead vocals as well as sharing them. Although there are countless similar releases and in the past we have seen many album releases in this style, Surrender Hill delivers high quality and should therefore not be ignored."