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Justin Hiltner  Birds, banjo, boys. {And in that order}

I’m back. I’m tired. ☢️ tomorrow. Caribbean yesterday. (sigh) 🏝
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#polaroid #instaxwide #StThomas #hullsbay #blackandwhite #bw #virginislands

This fella. I couldn’t even tell you what he means to me, would be kinda impossible to quantify our friendship, too. All I know is that if I’m going to antagonistically argue about any bluegrass topic in the wee hours of the morning, it’s gonna be with him. He’s a fantastic musician, a ceaseless intellect, and he’s a damn fine friend.
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(He also doesn’t believe penguins are birds, and he’ll deny it, but the furries were ALL HIM.) Happy Birthday, @tristanscroggins!!! 🎉🎊🎉

A final snap before heading back to Nashville and... well, all that other bullshit. Have I mentioned I love having multiple family members who are accomplished photographers and who, at the very least, choose to not refuse to indulge me and my ~drama~?? (I mean, the camera loves it.) This time, thanks to @jammerhphoto. Now...
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HAPPY MERRY TO YOU ALL ESP. MY LOVELY FAMILY, I MISS YOU ALREADY, AND YES MY SHIRT COUNTS AS CHRISTMASSY BECAUSE ORANGES ARE A TRADITIONAL WINTER GIFT. 🎄❄️🥶 #instagay #drama #handposing #servingwtf

Surreal to be back on campus today, even stranger to think how I only know a handful of folks here, now. But it was nice to catch up and reflect on how grateful I am for my time at Denison. Wouldn’t be who I am or where I am today without that formative year. #steppedontheseal

Somehow, against obscene odds, I made it home and now it’s Christmas. Bing Crosby is singing “Counting Your Blessings” and I’m counting mine. This guy is number one on the list. Happy Merry, nerds.

I made this in a fit of fury last year when I found out a fav band of mine ACTUALLY got a “We already have a female band!” response from a major festival’s buying team. STILL. In 20-wtf-is-up-teen!! Y’all. I have seen far too many festival lineup announces today with far too few women. And I’m PISSED!!! I made this lineup in fifteen minutes, off of the top of my head, and there are GLARING omissions. Y’all buyers gotta figure your shit out - and look, I produce shows, so don’t gimme the lip service about how difficult it is to get calendars to align. ..........Otherwise, who has $15mil or so to make this fest happen? Share away, friends. I’ve had it with #EVERYTHINGsomale.

I always used to do this, with my hand right by my eye, pinching my index finger and thumb. I totally forgot til Mom sent me this picture today. Gonna bring it back. Gonna be my ~signature~ ...plus the overalls. #babyjustin

OMFG!!!! My beautiful, handsome, Spanish would-be husband @jonasnacher gifted me this incredible likeness for Christmas and when I tell you I am FILLED WITH GLEE just looking at it, lord almighty I mean it!! It’s Justin the Twat Biscuit, bird nerd, Bluegrass Pride-touting, binocular-wearing homo at his cartoon best! And that’s a Winter Wren in a cowboy hat, if you were wondering. Lawd y’all potential suitors out there need to UP. YOUR. GAME. Thank you, Jonas! 🥰😍💗😍🥰
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#bluegrasspride #birdnerd #instagay #caricature #TwatBiscuit #Reno911

(whispers:) guys, our lil ol atheist bluegrass song is ON THE GOSPEL CHART?! 💃🏻💃🏻 Thanks to all the bluegrass DJs out there spinning it, thanks to Tim O’Brien for singing it like no one else could, and to @molly_tuttle, @mandolin2842, @mrfiddler1, for making it sound absolutely world class. Also thanks to my fellow scandalmaker and rabblerouser, @jonweisberger for being the perfect co-writer for this subject matter. Now, y’all go request this song so we can watch ‘er climb!! (Link in bio to listen!) 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
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#bluegrass #bluegrasschart #bluegrassgospel #songwriter #bluegrasstoday #songwriting #atheistbluegrass #gospel

Beachgiving Mk. III, documented ever so beautifully by my fantastically talented sister-in-law, @daniellehiltnerphotography — if you’re ever in the Destin / Ft. Walton / 30A region of Florida and you need a photog, hire her, okay?! — Headed home grateful for family, for the ocean, and for the most Instagramable photos ever. 🦀
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#beachgiving #instagay #birdnerd #watersign #gulfofmexico #floridapanhandle #Okaloosa #Destin

Full post public on my FB - link in bio - with the oft-referenced links/articles (that you actually need to read before you celebrate today.) Find out how to donate at @queerappalachia. #nothanks #allyship #youareonnativeland

Every day is hard now.
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Every single one. I didn’t leave my bed for six of ‘em last week. On top of that, we have mass shootings daily; trans folks murdered at alarming rates; young LGBTQ+ folk subjected to “conversion” therapy; ceaseless political infighting that somehow STILL refuses to recognize the most vulnerable among us; wildfires and hurricanes and floods; and… well, shit like cancer.
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I wrote this song, in bed, last week. Because sometimes I just close my eyes and dream of another way. Full song on IGTV, in my story, or at the link in bio. 🌤
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#banjo #bluegrass #singersongwriter #AnotherWay #gay #instagay #cancer #futurecancersurvivor

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