Self-described as “rhythm and bluegrass,” Bitter Pill is a tight-knit family, (literally father and daughter) who play a dark and anachronistic twist of folk, blues, jazz, rockabilly, and country – mixed with original spoken word as well as reading from classical literature. They released their first album, “Prepare Your Throats,” in the fall of 2018. It is a collection of traditional and original songs from the soundtrack of their staging of William Shakespeare’s violent, bloody, grotesquely ridiculous abomination of a play, “Titus Andronicus.”
They just released their second album, “Desperate Times on the New Hampshire State Line”, a whimsical collection of foot stompin’, hand clappin’, spirited cross-genre tunes. Now available for purchase and streaming on all the streamers.
“If Tom Waits & Dusty Springfield needed to meet in an undisclosed location, Bitter Pill would be the backup band…” Lowellspin.com
“A perfect storm of fearless bluegrass.” Hippo Press
“Exhilarated. Stimulated.” NHPR
“Prepare Your Throats is intriguing, creative, humorous, raw and not all that wholesome. Two mighty severed thumbs up.” Modspoke.com
“There’s a lot to love about this record (Prepare Your Throats).” Chris Hislop
Nominated for 2018 Song of the Year and Best New Act of the Year by the New England Music Awards.
Emily Butler – Vocals, Ukulele
Billy Butler – Vocals, Cello, Guitar, Accordion, Piano
Tomer Oz – Acoustic Guitar
Mike McKay – Banjo, Mandolin
Jon McCormack – Electric Guitars
Dave Hamilton – Drums