The Girl Next Door Sings Bluegrass

Our vivacious neighbor, Hilary Perkins, says she always loved to sing…in the shower, at church and even in her pickup truck without a radio.  Because her family has lived in rural Alabama for many generations, her life has been steeped in old country music. But several years ago, she got totally hooked while singing a favorite song to her husband at a family gathering.  When her husband, Skip Battle, stood up to help her finish the song, she realized singing was her passion.  Next thing they knew, she started a band.  (left) photo by another close neighbor, Bob Blackburn, lawyer turned photographer

“I named my band after my grandmother, Nell Robinson,” said Hilary. “It provides me some sense of connection to family:  my mother has a beautiful voice and loved to sing in church, Uncle Carroll could sing like Hank Snow, and Great Uncle Milton played the banjo and sang.”

Now Hilary is writing her own songs, some based on family stories.  Her debut bluegrass and country album just came out:

“Nell Robinson in Loango” 

We loved hearing Nell Robinson not long ago at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley  Many of Hilary’s friends and neighbors were there to enjoy every song.

You’re invited to hear her and her fantastic band sing and play once more in a few weeks …

It’s a celebration of the debut of her BLUEGRASS & COUNTRY ALBUM!  It’s almost too much fun!

Friday, March 19 at 8:15 pm
SF Live Arts Music Series at Noe Valley Ministry
1021 Sanchez Street, San Francisco
Tickets sold at the door or

One Response to “The Girl Next Door Sings Bluegrass”

  1. Julie,
    It is so great to see that you are still so passionate about education. It is nice to see you in action. Check out my new website called “The Genius in Children” (
    How’s Robert?

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