"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 to Words of Ernest, Friends. I am a writer/author/music journalist, non-mainstream performing singer-songwriter. I also love to cover traditional old time tunes and several songwriters whose work I love. I play guitar, fiddle, keyboards and mountain dulcimer. Call it folk. If it ain't fun, I ain't doin it. Read all about Words of Ernest here.


Story Songs at the 51st Annual Walnut Valley Festival and National Flatpicking Championships with Elexa Dawson and Jim Ratts. Click the pic to ck out Story Songs, read about past sets, video and pics.

"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

"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.” 

Musician and Publicist Nick Loss-Eaton, New York, "Ernie has been great to work with, professional, courteous, enthusiastic, and always capturing the essence of the music about which he writes." http://nicklosseatonmedia.com/

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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?

The Cosmic Path to Melody and Lyric is available in paperback. To order, click here, and to read more about the content, click The Cosmic Path. Be watching for updates and ebooks. What's it about? Take a stroll deep inside the creative mind with me and let's see where we wind up! Illustrated by Jon Griffin! Order now and get two free coasters!