Part acrobat, part juggling multi-instrumentalist.
Add vocals, original songs, wrap it up in a blues-rock package and it’s become Steve Hill’s formal for success. Again.
Necessity really is the mother of invention — or in Hill’s case, re-invention. After more than two decades in the music business, Hill won his first Juno award a couple of weeks ago in Hamilton for blues album of the year.
It capped four Maple Blues Awards Hill received in January for electric act of the year, guitarist of the year, recording/producer of the year and entertainer of the year.
All of the 2015 awards were for the same album, Solo Recordings Volume 2, Hill’s eighth recording.
“I never really thought it would work that well. I guess people dig it,” said Hill, who brings his one-man-band show to Barrie this weekend. “I made a good living after my first couple of records then I really got the blues. Had eight hard years.
“When I did Volume 1, I had to come up with something or get a day job,” he said with a laugh. “I don’t know now to do anything else. I owned a studio, so I went down to the basement and started recording and it’s worked.”