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
“The one-man band style has resulted in two albums so far in his Solo Recordings series. They’ve made him the top star in the Canadian blues scene right now.”
– Bob Mercereau, CBC New-BrunswickRead More
JUNO Award winner Steve Hill, the hit man of one-man bands sets out for Canadian tour
Multi-award winning guitar hero Steve Hill is set to take his fiery one-man-band show on the road from coast to coast this fall, kicking things off on September 17th in New Brunswick and working his way to Nanaimo, BC, before returning to Ontario and Quebec to wrap up the tour in November.
2015 has been quite a year for guitarist Steve Hill. In January, Hill was awarded four coveted Maple Blues Awards for Electric Act of the Year, Guitarist of the Year, Recording/Producer of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. In March, he topped it off by winning the 2015 JUNO Award for Blues Album of the Year for his latest album “Solo Recordings – Volume 2.” If that weren’t enough, Hill recently won five awards at the Lys Blues Awards in Quebec.
In June, the Montreal native had the honour of supporting American blues legend, Buddy Guy at the Jazz Winnipeg Festival to standing ovation as part of the sold out show. Hill also shared the stage with his friend and contemporary, Matt Andersen at the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival to rave reviews.
A limitless and hard-working showman, Steve Hill is an artist at the top of his game. Throughout his powerful and intense 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. With roots in blues, rock and a little bit of country, Hill performs a mix of his original songs and blues classics. A recent review of Hill’s live performance called him “explosive … in a class by himself.” (Calgary Herald)
“This is my third Canadian tour in the past year and I am grateful for the support I’ve received from audiences and the press. I enjoy crisscrossing our beautiful country, meeting old friends and making new ones everywhere I go”, says Hill. “I’ve been spending a lot of time in the studio lately so it’s time I play these new songs in front of an audience before I put the finishing touch on Solo Recordings Volume 3, slated for release in March 2016.”
Hill’s reputation as an exciting and engaging performer has provided him the opportunity to showcase his talents at some of Canada’s biggest music festivals, including Montreal Jazz Festival, Ottawa Bluesfest, Kitchener Blues Festival, Jazz Winnipeg Festival, Saskachewan Jazz Festival and more. Steve Hill is clearly at home on the stage, inviting audiences to catch a glimpse of musical madness in the form of blues and rock ‘n’ roll.Read More
There are many dance floors in nightspots around Calgary, but I wonder how many start to see usage during an artist’s sound check?
Well, that was the case last night at the Ironwood as Steve Hill, the explosive Canadian guitar blues rocker out of Montreal hadn’t even turned on the stage lights to that point, while he was assessing the acoustics of the room.
For the balance of the set-and-a-half that I was able to stay and check out, that floor continued to draw eager dancing disciples of Hill’s driving electric blues, which had to have come dangerously close to setting off the facility’s smoke alarms a few times. This from one single guy standing on the stage, while attacking his guitar with the same intensity that he was using to whack a cymbal over to his left with the dang thing while he was playing it. In perfect time. While drumming along to his other efforts with whatever other appendages he had available. Hill is something to experience, to say the least…Read More
CALGARY — This year Quebec guitarist Steve Hill won four Maple Blues Awards in the following categories: Electric Guitar, Guitarist, Recording /Producer and Entertainer. To top it off, he won a 2015 Juno for Blues Album of the Year. Not too shabby, and a big boost for a veteran player whose career has seen better days.
Speaking from his home studio in Montreal, I ask Hill if he’s still basking in the afterglow of his Juno win. “Oh man, I’m looking at it right now. It really helped,” he says. “It’s a Juno! I’ve one a lot of awards, but a Juno is quite a big thing. I’m still psyched about that.”
Before the Juno fame, who was Steve Hill and where did he come from?
“I’ve done many things,” replies Hill. “Started playing at 16 and was doing it as a profession at 18. Put my first album out at 20 in 1997 and eight since then. I’ve done blues rock, stoner rock, country, I’ve done a lot of things. A lot of things here in Quebec.”Read More