Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Hilary Tipps and Steve Obermiller
It took no time at all for Fort Worth, Texas songwriters Hilary Tipps and Steve Obermiller to fall in love and start their lives together. But it was a decade of trying to create life, deal with death and build careers before they wrote their first songs together.
“Love (and other mysteries)” is a debut album that bursts open a dream deferred. It is a collection of songs with equal parts contemplation, wisdom and simple fun.
Though you might call them Folk or Americana, Hilary and Steve are not genre-specific songwriters. Just as they write about every aspect of life and living, they use every style of music to suit the song at hand. In doing so, they have created an album that takes the listener on a joyous ride: never predictable and worthy of playlist after playlist.
As for live, whether performing in intimate listening rooms or on festival stages, they bring a connection of energy and charm unique to a couple dedicated to each other, their music and their audience.
Hilary started singing and performing at an early age at church, school and for the famed Texas Girl’s Choir. Music and performance scholarships to The University of North Texas and Texas Wesleyan were a credit to her talent, but they couldn’t contain her for long. Actively singing in bands, recording a solo record in her 20’s, and stage acting eventually led her to Japan and Los Angeles.
She learned to craft songs with beautiful melodies and personal themes from the likes of Rickie Lee Jones, James Taylor and Neil Finn (Crowded House).
When she returned home, she met Steve at “Music Night”, a regular gathering of local musicians who share songs and a deep love of music. They began performing as a duet, and in 2022 they began co-writing songs for what would become their first album together, “Love (and other mysteries)”.
From an early age being drawn to a variety of musical styles from Waylon Jennings to Van Halen to Steely Dan, Steve always had a notion that he couldn’t live without music. His love for the guitar came early, as did his intrigue with the craft of songwriting. But it wasn’t until his late thirties that he began to pursue it seriously.
Always the songwriter on a stool, he also dabbled in rock and roll bands: forming,
writing for, and performing with southern rock buddies Barefootin’ Texas and later with the self-described “stanky rock and roll” band of his almost namesake, Überdüber. He released one album and two EPs respectively with these projects. In between, he released a solo EP, “No Good”, in 2011.
Now collaborating with Hilary, he has a partner who has taken his songs to a new level. With their release of “Love (and other mysteries)” he has embarked on a new path filled with boundless songwriting possibilities.