"With strong 'words of earnest' impeachment and yet so cautiously that he prefers to quote old dead authors..." 
Andrew Steimetz-1848 in History of the Jesuits.
Welcome Friends. I am a non-mainstream performing singer-songwriter, who also loves to cover traditional old time tunes and several songwriters whose work I love. I play guitar, fiddle, keyboards and mountain dulcmer. Call it folk. If it ain't fun, I ain't doin it.

I write. I perform. I record at home. I self publish. Currently I am offering and presenting a unique live performance/interview set- hands off workshop called Story Songs with Ernie, in which I showcase other songwriters and we all perform and discuss our creative process. Ck it out here.
I write for all occasions: Fiction-short and long, lyrics, melodies, artist bios and liner notes, personal reviews, speeches, ghost writing and copy of all sorts. I feature artist interviews and offer tips on songwriting. I spotlight non-mainstream artists, musicians, and interesting folks from time to time and I blog about various music and writing themes, especially de-cluttering the mind to open up your creative side. The "Words of Ernest" page is sort of a memoir. I've had some entertaining and bizarre tangents in my life with more to come, so this page lets you inside my head, while defining my imagination and writing style. 

 

I  also offer my original songs and stories on this site. Words of Ernest is a word and music based website built upon need; my need to create and express myself, and your need to be clearly and colorfully expressed. If you wonder what inspired the name, "Words of Ernest", click here. Coming soon- the beautiful handmade beaded CloudShadow jewelry made by my wife/soulmate, and co-editor, Patti Hill. Welcome to “Words of Ernest”

Due to the terrible pandemic, I have no live gigs planned at this time. Due to the worst allergy season ever for me, I have not been live streaming. I have, however, been writing so be on the lookout for ebooks right here.

 "I have had the great pleasure to work with Ernie for more years than he or I probably would want to admit. At our request, Ernie has written opening statements for the 'Walnut Valley Festival Program' close to a dozen times, numerous invitation letters for the “Walnut Valley July Occasional” advertising folder, the over-view story for our festival wrap up “December Occasional” and assorted recording reviews of performing artists, and human interest stories in our daily festival publication “The WVA Voice”. The total number of times we have reproduced Ernie’s stories has surpassed over 450,000 copies and we have been more than pleased by the craft at which Ernie composes each of the stories we have commissioned him to write. 
We would recommend Ernie Hill to assist anyone that has a story to tell and a desire to express it in a creative, down to-earth, professional way. You can expect to find more of Ernie’s work in the future publications of the Walnut Valley Festival. 
Rex Flottman,
Media Director
Walnut Valley Association      
www.wvfest.com

"I have had the great pleasure to work with Ernie for more years than he or I probably would want to admit. At our request, Ernie has written opening statements for the 'Walnut Valley Festival Program' close to a dozen times, numerous invitation letters for the “Walnut Valley July Occasional” advertising folder, the over-view story for our festival wrap up “December Occasional” and assorted recording reviews of performing artists, and human interest stories in our daily festival publication “The WVA Voice”. The total number of times we have reproduced Ernie’s stories has surpassed over 450,000 copies and we have been more than pleased by the craft at which Ernie composes each of the stories we have commissioned him to write. We would recommend Ernie Hill to assist anyone that has a story to tell and a desire to express it in a creative, down to-earth, professional way. You can expect to find more of Ernie’s work in the future publications of the Walnut Valley Festival. Rex Flottman, Media Director Walnut Valley Association
www.wvfest.com

"Ernie Hill is a quintessential fan of music and the history of American music, and as such, he loves the craft, the art, the pure sound, and the people who make it. His writing is loving and honest. He’s a troubadour for roots music and musicians — and the stories they carry within.” -Betse Ellis of Betse and Clarke

"Ernie Hill is a quintessential fan of music and the history of American music, and as such, he loves the craft, the art, the pure sound, and the people who make it. His writing is loving and honest. He’s a troubadour for roots music and musicians — and the stories they carry within.” -Betse Ellis of Betse and Clarke

Mike Flynn-Host of 'The Folk Sampler', NPR
 "Ernie writes very well...getting to the meat of the story with ease.  He writes about things he understands...and loves. That all shows in his stories.” 

Mike Flynn-Host of 'The Folk Sampler', NPR  "Ernie writes very well...getting to the meat of the story with ease.  He writes about things he understands...and loves. That all shows in his stories.” 

Allie Lee of Frank and Allie Lee
"Ernie Hill's conversational, stream-of consciousness style in The Cosmic Path does exactly what he is encouraging his readers to do - open your mind, use the words or work of others as long as you give credit, and value creativity over convention. The Cosmic Path is a rumination, a sharing of ideas, an invitation to be inspired, a calling to create that will challenge and uplift the Muse in you.

Allie Lee of Frank and Allie Lee "Ernie Hill's conversational, stream-of consciousness style in The Cosmic Path does exactly what he is encouraging his readers to do - open your mind, use the words or work of others as long as you give credit, and value creativity over convention. The Cosmic Path is a rumination, a sharing of ideas, an invitation to be inspired, a calling to create that will challenge and uplift the Muse in you.

Support words and tunes. Tips help keep this site going. Thanks for stopping by. Please leave me a comment.

Support words and tunes. Tips help keep this site going. Thanks for stopping by. Please leave me a comment.

My wife and soul mate Patti, and myself. I will be adding a page to showcase Patti's beautiful bead jewelry. Notice that Pietersite and Chalcedony necklace she's wearing?

My wife and soul mate Patti, and myself. I will be adding a page to showcase Patti's beautiful bead jewelry. Notice that Pietersite and Chalcedony necklace she's wearing?

Folks, my music page is temporarily down while I update and add new music. You can still order my cd directly from me. Click Here.

"The Highway That Runs Through the Graveyard and Other Weird Tales from the Strange Mind of Ernie Hill" 15 original story songs. A mixture of heartfelt, thoughtful and weird tales.

"The Highway That Runs Through the Graveyard and Other Weird Tales from the Strange Mind of Ernie Hill" 15 original story songs. A mixture of heartfelt, thoughtful and weird tales.