The group is a regional favorite, performing multiple venues, festivals and private events
throughout the Pacific Northwest year round.
Tim Coffey & Kat Hilst
Coyote Willow is an Americana band from Bend, Oregon. This exciting artistic partnership joins Tim Coffey’s soulful guitar, Kat Hilst’s powerful cello and the duo’s rich vocal harmonies, creating a unique blend of folk, roots, blues and intricate instrumentals. Their beautiful music with grit celebrates the magical rhythms of life.
The pair have shared the stage with such illustrious musicians as Robert Earl Keen, Shawn Mullins, Sean Watkins (of Nickel Creek), David Jacobs-Strain, Keith Greeninger, and Radoslav Lorkovic.
Coyote Willow’s unique sound hails from a blend of diverse musical backgrounds. Kat started playing piano at 5 and graduated from Oberlin Conservatory in piano performance. She grew up playing the violin and later switched to the cello. Tim Coffey hit the road at 19, spending 20 years as a professional touring backup guitarist. Today his voice and songwriting is front and center, attracting the attention of Breedlove Guitars, who invited him to join their stable of artists.
Other musicians you may see performing with Coyote Willow
Bethany has been playing violin professionally for over 25 years & with Coyote Willow for over 8. At 16, she began performing at Opryland Theme Park in Nashville, TN and soon after began appearing in music videos, doing studio work and performing live around Nashville. She has also performed as lead fiddle player / vocalist in the Country Tonite stage show in Pigeon Forge. After moving to Bend, in 2012, she created Bend Event Music, providing an opportunity to integrate into the community, while also sharing her talents and knowledge.
Mike has been playing bass and performing with various bands for over 40 years, including Kuli Loach with whom he performed from the Paradiso in Amsterdam to the Paramount Theater in Seattle. After several decades rocking the electric bass, Mike picked up his upright bass and has been adding his groove to the Coyote Willow sound for the past two years. His musical inspirations include Chris Wood of the Wood Brothers and Ray Brown. Based in Bend, Oregon, he also plays with Brave NeW World, Travis Ehrenstrom duo, and Shady GroOove.