Think of the components that make up most bands: a guitar or two, a bass, drums, vocals. Now imagine playing those by yourself all at once, plus a harmonica. That’s what Steve Hill does each and every night.
“I have a bass drum, a snare, a hi-hat that I play with my feet, and I have a drum stick on my guitar’s headstock, so I play the cymbal. I modified my guitar so I can play bass and guitar at the same time,” Hill explains casually, as if it were a simple thing to be a one-man band.
Hill spent 20 years touring and recording as a singer and guitar player—sharing the stage with the likes of Ray Charles and ZZ Top—before building his one-man operation three years ago. It began with singing and foot stomping while playing guitar before gradually incorporating additional instruments.