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.Read More
Steve Hill is a guitar virtuoso and one of the top stars on the Canadian blues scene. What makes him unique is his ability to simultaneously sing and play guitar, bass and drums. He is an exceptionally skilled, raw and gritty blues incarnation of the one-man band.Read More
As the old adage goes, if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. Quebec blues-rock artist Steve Hill has seen the benefits of sticking to that notion by building a fierce reputation as a one-man band, even in an age when two-piece combos are more popular than ever.
After following a 20-year path that led to this approach, Hill was rewarded in 2015 when his Solo Recordings Volume 2 earned a Juno for Blues Album of the Year. He’s now about to unleash Solo Recordings Volume 3, which mixes high-powered original rockers and introspective acoustic tracks with a few choice blues standard re-toolings.Read More
One-man blues wrecking crew Steve Hill is on a real roll. Last month he took home three Maple Blues Awards, as Electric Act of the Year, Entertainer of the Year and Guitarist of the Year, three categories he also won the previous year. Hill also won the 2015 Juno Award for Blues Album of the Year, with Solo Recordings Volume 2.Read More
Steve Hill has the outward appearance of a legit rock ’n’ roller, from his long, Gregg Allman-like hair and healthy beard to his whisky-and-cigarettes rasp. Yet he continues to gain recognition as one of this country’s foremost bluesmen.
There’s good reason for that, even if Hill would rather be described as someone who plays “guitar music.”
It is safe to say that 2015 has been one heck of a year for Montreal’s Steve Hill.
The bluesman picked up a Juno Award for his most recent album, Solo Recordings Vol. 2. He also won four Maple Blues Awards and five Lys Blues Awards.
“It has been a great year,” Hill said. “I’ve never had as much success as I am having now.”Read More
It’s been 16 years since Steve Hill last played in Kamloops — and, in that time, the Quebec blues musician has gone through a lot of changes.
The biggest one came courtesy of an old Gibson guitar.
Hill, who returns to Kamloops for an Oct. 22 show at The Blue Grotto, said a friend was willing to sell the guitar, one that dated back to the 1950s, but Hill was short on cash. His friend offered to trade it for a solo concert.Read More
When it comes to one-man bands, guitarist and singer extraordinaire Steve Hill has no limits. Throughout his lengthy and intense live shows, Hill performs standing up while singing and playing guitar, with his feet playing bass drum, snare drum, hi-hats and, with a drum stick fused to the head of his trusty guitar, any other percussion within reach.Read More
To watch Hill onstage is a special thing. Whether plucking the strings or using a slide, he coaxes out intricate melodies. He has the deep, rough voice of so many blues musicians before him, but it’s injected with a sweetness that feels fresh and new.Read More