Cheddar Peppers in the latest project by Arkansan lyricist / songwriter Tim Hill. Equipped with a contemporary country sound, Cheddar Peppers music incorporates an explosion of both American country and southern rock sounds. Cheddar Peppers happily proclaim to be independent, unsigned, DIY artists...drifting by on a small speck of dust and trying to make a BIG noise along the way. Their slogan is, Southern Homegrown Countrified Music! If you’re a fan of artists like Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean or Kenny Chesney, use your voice to advertise independent artists like Tim Hill and Cheddar Peppers. Authentic, independent and making their name known. Their debut single titled “Coleman Cooler (With a Yeti Sticker)” brings humor, high energy and a happy go lucky feeling to the music industry today.
“A simple song like “Coleman Cooler (With a Yeti Sticker)” just goes to show that not everything is always what it appears to be on the surface. Each day our eyes and ears are flooded with all sorts of information. We are all left to process this information on our own. Are the things we see and hear, and base our beliefs and opinions on, really what we believe? Or have we simply allowed ourselves to jump to a conclusion?” - Lord Cheddar Pepper (Tim Hill)
“Coleman Cooler (With a Yeti Sticker)” is catchy and upbeat, it invites listeners, from all walks of life, to get up and dance and enjoy the ferociously country music. The contagious melody and quick witted lyricism will have you smiling and vibing along to the authentic stylings of Cheddar Peppers. Equipped with an infectious hook and some raw, pummeling guitars, “Coleman Cooler (With a Yeti Sticker)” is a light-hearted, fun track for anyone to enjoy. The Yeti sticker being mentioned is a direct reference to the mythical creature, also known as the Abominable Snowman. However, the actual sticker depicted on the back of the Coleman cooler is that of the fictional character named Bumble, The Abominable Snowmonster of the North, from the classic 1964 television special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Tim Hill is refreshing self-amusing and brings the fun and true talent back to country music. I highly recommend you check out “Coleman Cooler (With a Yeti Sticker)” and stay on the lookout for more from Cheddar Peppers.
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What’s the story behind Cheddar Peppers and Lord Cheddar Pepper?
When the whole internet thing came along, I wasn't too crazy about using my real name. What was this information being used for and for how long? So I started using Lord Cheddar Pepper as my online identity. Using someone else's name like John Smith seemed deceiving and ones with a combination of both letters, numbers and symbols...too complicated. Also, my real name (Tim Hill) is very common. I can't count how many times people have gotten me confused with another Tim Hill. I have had cops show up at my house saying that I was involved in a hit and run. I have been accused of trafficking drugs in cars I've never driven. Having such a common name has been a real big mess for me at times. Lord Cheddar Pepper usually gets a good chuckle...and I am okay with that. When deciding on a band name, Cheddar Peppers was the perfect fit.
What is it about the genre that captures your heart, and where did this love for creating in such a way begin for you?
I have been playing music my entire life. Music is very important to me. I like to think that I am one of the most diverse music lovers you will ever see. I hear people sometimes say, "I like Rock but I don't like Country" or "I love Pop but hate Rap". And that's perfectly fine, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But for me, it is the same thing if you heard someone talking about movies and them saying "I like watching Drama's but hate watching Comedies". I never hear people talking about movies that way. Why should music be any different? I can't imagine my life if all I had to listen to was the same exact genre of music, over and over. For me, diversity is a good thing. I could go on and on about my favorite rock bands, from soft rock to heavy metal. I am like a walking Wikipedia when it comes to 80's music (especially New Wave). I love listening to Native American flute music. I like classical (Edvard Grieg is my favorite). I can go from listening to Mike Oldfield's new age sounds to Rage Against the Machine in a matter of minutes. I listen to whatever my mood is at that very moment in time. I have been writing songs, as far back as I can remember, since junior high school. I have played in numerous bands (mainly rock). Over the years I have accumulated notebooks full of songs that I have written. Many of which do not fit any genre. However, there are quiet a few that I would consider country. My father was a huge Johnny Cash fan. I grew up listening to his music and others like George Jones, Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard (and the list goes on and on). As I got older, I acquired my own taste for county music with artists like The Charlie Daniels Band, John Anderson, Hank Williams Jr., Alabama and many others. When I was younger, my family and I made several trips to Nashville to watch the Grand Ole Opry. Country music always takes me back to my youth. Even after all of these years, hearing a Johnny Cash song can transport me back in time. Country music is an escape for me and that is exactly why I love it.
What inspired “Coleman Cooler (With a Yeti Sticker)” and what has the reaction been like to the song so far?
The Coleman Cooler (With a Yeti Sticker) song came to me early one morning right after I woke up. I can’t remember if it was before or while taking a shower, but it came to me fast. I make up stupid songs all the time while walking around the house, usually for the amusement of my kids. About 99.9% of the time it’s just pure nonsense. But this time I thought, I need to write this down. I started constructing the song and wrote most of it pretty quick. I spent the better part of the day shuffling words around and tweaking everything. I’m always asking my wife for her opinion, “does this word sound better or should I use this word instead?”. She’s a big help and is always ready to offer her suggestions. After I had the words laid out just how I wanted them, I began to imagine different singers voices with it. I thought to myself, “I can hear Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith or one of those other guys singing this”. I felt certain that if I could get it in the right hands, one of them could make a hit out of it. But how was I supposed to get it to anybody while I’m sitting here in Arkansas? Jimmy Buffett came to town and I thought, “I’ll give my song to Jimmy!”. After all, he does know a lot of people and he has recorded with other guys like Kenny Chesney. I made three copies of the lyric sheet and placed them in three separate envelopes. One for Jimmy Buffett and the other two for long time Coral Reefer Band members Mac McAnally and Michael Utley. Knowing that Michael Utley was born and raised right here in Arkansas, I thought that just maybe I might have a shot. At any rate, there’s a whole other story to the Jimmy Buffett concert I will save for later. Anyway...to make a long story short, I basically said “F*@k Jimmy” and went over his head [laughs]. I say that jokingly. I knew that other artists and record labels used session musicians all the time. Many of the artists that you see touring around the globe are performing with different musicians on stage than those used back in the recording studio. I knew if I wanted this song to come to life, that I would have to take matters into my own hands. So I decided right then and there, I’m going to go straight to Nashville and hire my own musicians. My attitude was, I will make this song so good that Luke Bryan and Kenny Chesney are going to wish they wrote it [laughs].
The response to Coleman Cooler (With a Yeti Sticker) has been very positive. It's nice to watch something you conceived inside your head come to life that way. And to have people tell me that they love it, is very rewarding.
What’s next for you? Will there be a longer project, any collaborations or exciting live shows people can look out for?
I am currently working on other songs at the moment. One of which, I plan to release the first day of Autumn. Eventually, all of the songs will make their way to a full complete album. What comes after that? It's anybody's guess.
Is there anything else you’d like to let us know about you, your music, or your plans for the future?
If you like change, then I hope you will like my music. I have a short attention span and I don't like to do the same thing over and over, just for the sake of doing it. The next song being released will be totally different from the song before. Even though it will still be country music, it will be a totally different experience all together. I can't stand cookie cutter music. I am not one of those people who believe in creating a unique sound, and then are too afraid to let go of it. Doing it once is enough for me. I believe in marching on and moving forward. Once a song is completed, the mold is broken. There is no turning back.
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