May 2011. Steve Hill’s guitar “pusher” offered to sell him a guitar: a Gibson ES225. He wanted it but he didn’t have the money for it, so they worked out a trade. A solo show in Drummondville in exchange for the guitar. It was three weeks before the release of his sixth album, Whiplash Love, but he felt he had bottomed out professionally, because though he knew it was a good album, the record label wasn’t getting behind it. The album wasn’t going to go anywhere. There were no gigs booked.