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Posted on Montreal Blues Society – Steve Hill launches Solo Recordings: Volume 3

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.

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Posted on Five Questions with… Steve Hill

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.

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Posted on Steve Hill’s one-man band makes a noise

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.”

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Posted on Bluesman builds on recent success

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.”

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Posted on New meaning to one-man band

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.

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