STEVE HILL just won the Juno for Blues Album Of The Year and has probably every Blues award this country can offer. Why we don’t know more about this guy?! Unfortunately the blues are still very much off the radar but guys like Steve reminds us how real and authentic music can be. He’s been recording and touring for twenty years including gigs with ZZ Top, BB King, Ray Charles & Jimmie Vaughan to mention a few and has played at the most prestigious blues festivals around the globe. Beside his unique feel, Hill has a unique playing style, not only singing and playing guitar but also bass drum, hi-hat, shakers and whatever he can do with his feet and whatever he can attach to his guitar. Its authentic – not a gimmick.Read More
The big winner at this year’s Maple Blues Awards, meanwhile, was Canadian guitarist and singer Steve Hill, who took home awards for entertainer, guitarist, electric act, and recording of the year for his Solo Recordings Vol. 2. We never got the chance to hear Hill’s Solo Recordings Vol. 1 (winner of the best self-produced album honor at the 2013 International Blues Challenge) – or, for that matter, the four-track EP that came in between, entitled, fittingly enough, Solo Recordings Vol. 1 1/2 – but you can bet we’ll be checking them both out soon after hearing all that Hill has to offer on Vol. 2, which, like its predecessor, has also been nominated for a Juno Award (the Canadian version of the Grammy Awards).Read More
January 19, 2015 (Toronto) – Blue Monday, thought to be the most depressing day of the year, was anything but last night Toronto’s Koerner Hall, as internationally renowned Canadian Blues Artists from coast-to-coast were honoured by their peers at the 18th Annual Maple Blues Awards gala.
Montreal’s one-man band, Steve Hill took home all of the awards he was nominated for including Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, Recording of the Year for Solo Recordings Vol. 2, and Guitar Player of the Year. Angel Forrest won two awards including Female Vocalist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. Also representing the thriving Quebec blues scene were Nanette Workman who won the Blues with a Feeling Lifetime Achievement Award and Greg Morency of the Paul DesLauriers Band who won Bassist of the Year. From Montreal, Guy Belanger won Harmonica Player of the Year, sharing it with Vancouver’s Harpdog Brown in the first ever Maple Blues Awards tie.
Vancouver’s Brandon Isaak won the Acoustic Act of the Year award with David Vest taking home the award for Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year. The New Artist or Group of the Year award was presented to Ottawa’s Wicked Grin. Edmonton Folk Festival producer Terry Wickham joined Stony Plain Records president Holger Petersen to present the Blues Booster of the Year Award to Edmonton’s Peter North, who was recognized for his dedication to promoting the blues as a broadcaster, talent buyer and festival Artistic Director.
An additional award was handed out last night as the winners of the first ever Cobalt Prize for Contemporary Blues Composition were announced. The creator and benefactor of the award, musician Paul Reddick, presented Digging Roots the grand prize for their song “Hwy 17”, with Rob Lutes and Samantha Martin announced as runners up.
Hosted by renowned musician and broadcaster, Toronto’s own Danny Marks, the Maple Blues Awards included outstanding performances from Maple Blues Award nominees past and present, including the evening’s big winners Steve Hill and Angel Forrest, Joel Johnson, Downchild, Harpdog Brown and Brandon Isaak, all backed by The Maple Blues Band.Read More
It was a shutout for perennial favourite MonkeyJunk and almost the same for Matt Andersen as Montreal guitarist Steve Hill scored four key trophies at last night’s Maple Blues Awards, staged at the Royal Conservatory’s 1100-seat Koerner Hall.Read More
Steve Hill will be at MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE 2015. He’s a Guitar Hero who ranks among the most knockout-impressive performers in La Belle Province. The proof? This solo concert in which he’ll blow minds with his habitual wicked guitar licks, playing drums and percussion with his feet, blowing harmonica and playing a cymbal with a drumstick attached to his guitar!Read More