Our Music

APRIL 2021:  “EMBERS” is here!! These songs are stories of the human condition, with a Coyote Willow soundtrack.  You’ll find tales of an impassioned youthful encounter that sets the trajectory for the rest of their (separate) lives; of the work to overcome internal ‘scars that leave no trace’;  of consequences of youthful decisions gone awry; of finding a way out of a dysfunctional relationship; and of finding the light of a soul you’ve known forever in another’s eyes.  We hope that you will enjoy the victories and challenges explored in these songs.

November 2016: “Raising the Barn” is the culmination of our experiences with taking to heart the guidance of our mentor, Lisa Lepine, to find our “authentic authority” through connections with community and friends, and through that process finding our new name of Coyote Willow. It has been a profound journey working with so many talented souls on this project: Gary Calicott (Gary Calicott Photography), Holly McClintock (Zen Art Ink), Jasmine Helsley-Barnett (JAH Promotions), Clay Smith (Soundsmith Studios), Bethany Willis (fiddle), Jeff Ingraham (drums), Steve Beaudry (harmonica), Franchot Tone (bass), and Bill Powers (mandolin). It has truly been a “barn raising” with new music, new ideas, new and old friends, and inspiration from all who have supported this project and brought their magic in to play. November 2016

February 2016: Coyote Willow weaves genre-crossing lines to create an extraordinary musical journey that has grown over the past five years and is expressed in their latest recording project, the EP “Falling to Home”. The project is inspired by the various twists and turns in their lives that led them to their musical collaboration. The title track, “Falling to Home” focuses on that moment in time where one event changes a life forever, while other songs like “Leeside” look at the longer impacts of decisions made long ago and the relationships that flow over time. And the project isn’t just about the songs; it’s about their community and the incredibly talented friends with whom they have the great fortune to work, and who inspire them daily.

June 2012: Coyote Willow (formerly Hilst & Coffey), “The Lonely Grange Sessions”: “Sometimes, it seems like making (and listening to) music in the 21st century means navigating a sea of studio trickery. But the sound of great musicians expertly playing real instruments will always endure. The debut album from this popular local duo is aptly named; the acoustics and attention to detail that surrounded its creation at Lonely Grange Recorders in Sisters are as important as the bright plucks of Tim Coffey’s guitar, the deep, gorgeous timbre of Kat Hilst’s cello and the Celtic-flavored chamber-folk-pop they make when they’re together.” Ben Salmon, Music Year in Review, Go Magazine, Bend Bulletin 12/28/12

June 2010: “Strings Unbound” / Hilst & Coffey’s (now Coyote Willow) first album is an eclectic combination of rock, blues, folk & contemplative instrumentals. Based primarily around Breedlove artist Tim Coffey’s soulful baritone voice, finger style acoustic guitar and Kat Hilst’s enchanting cello work, Strings Unbound also features Julie Southwell (violin), Shireen Amini (vocals and cajon) and Patrick Pearsal on bass guitar. Although all compositions were written by Tim over a period of months, the introduction of the cello, after meeting Kat Hilst transformed the album into something quite unique. Musically and lyrically, the album moves from tunes like the rockabilly influenced “ Hello “ to the open tuned and lyrically moving folk style of “ Abel “ , written in memory of Tim’s grandfather. It also includes five instrumentals. One of which is “ Redemption “ a haunting gypsy jazz influenced piece, featuring only the acoustic guitar and cello. All in all, Strings Unbound is a musical journey that will have you rocking, thinking and maybe even crying. Enjoy!