Think of the components that make up most bands: a guitar or two, a bass, drums, vocals. Now imagine playing those by yourself all at once, plus a harmonica. That’s what Steve Hill does each and every night.
“I have a bass drum, a snare, a hi-hat that I play with my feet, and I have a drum stick on my guitar’s headstock, so I play the cymbal. I modified my guitar so I can play bass and guitar at the same time,” Hill explains casually, as if it were a simple thing to be a one-man band.
Hill spent 20 years touring and recording as a singer and guitar player—sharing the stage with the likes of Ray Charles and ZZ Top—before building his one-man operation three years ago. It began with singing and foot stomping while playing guitar before gradually incorporating additional instruments.Read More
“One-man band” Steve Hill is set to make a stop at The Townehouse Oct. 16 as part of a tour of Canada in support of his latest album, “Solo Recordings Volume 2.”
“When it comes to one-man bands, guitarist and singer extraordinaire Steve Hill has no limits,” a press release said.
“Throughout his lengthy 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 his original songs, blues classics and quite often raucous renditions of Jimi Hendrix tunes.
For the past 20 years Hill has been touring and recording and has shared the stage with the likes of Ray Charles, BB King, ZZ Top, Jimmie Vaughan, Hubert Sumlin and Jeff Beck.
The show will start at 8 p.m. with Lori and Jessie from the Sulfer City Blues Band followed by an intimate solo performance by Hill.
Tickets to the event cost $15 at the door.Read More
Steve Hill’s Solo Recordings, Volume 2 is tantalizing. With seductive, smokey guitars and mesmerizing vocals, Hill’s music ensnares the senses with powerful arrangements and instrumentation. After 20 years of making music from his home base in Canada, Hill has globalized his captivating take on the genre of blues rock. Hill’s music has depth, and is heavy with weight of musical density that is showcased on his 8th studio album.
The operative word when talking about scorchingly hot blues guitarist Steve Hill is Heavy. Not necessarily heavy like heavy metal, but more in the sense that there is a weight to everything he does. There is a density… a mass, and a gravity that means that what he does carries significant, weight and relevance. His talent is deep and his vision is wide, and it all pours out like molten gold in his eigth album Solo Recordings Volume 2.
Montreal’s Hill is redefining blues, taking it forward and back all at once. Back to the days of one-man operations, doing it all himself, and taking that forward with up-to-date electric heaviness. 2012 saw him start a new journey with Solo Recordings Vol. 1, stripping it all back to a one-on-one experience with the songs and the listener. Already recognized as a leading guitar player, Hill grabbed even more cache with a raw, intimate set that was nominated for that year’s Juno. Volume 2 is richer, deeper, better.Read More
Last year Steve Hill treated us to a 4 Track EP called “Solo Recordings Volume 1 1/2” as a nice little teaser in appreciation to all his fans. That particular release was my first intro to Steve Hill and one which I enjoyed enough that I chose it as the Best Canadian Roots and Blues Album in my 2013 Year End Review. Now with the release of “Solo Recordings Volume 2”, all of Steve Hill’s fans including myself get the chance to once again be treated with some more new music from this immensely talented artist.Read More
I just received the newest release, Solo Recordings Volume 2, from Steve Hill and it’s quite interesting. Opening with Still Got It Bad, Hill established a gritty blues sound that is lacking in most contemporary bands. Accompanying himself on guitar and drums, this raw sound is right on! (more…)Read More
There has been a lot of baseball talk around these parts lately what with a number of groups lobbying to bring a team back to Montreal, and even having the Toronto Blue Jays host a couple of grapefruit league games at the Olympic Stadium. But Jose Bautista was not the only one hammering out home runs recently. Kim Churchill, Matt Andersen, and Steve Hill were doing the same across La Belle Province for a sixteen gig over eighteen day tour that had the three playing on the same stage. I was fortunate enough to have caught the last triple bill show of the tour in Laval. Sadly I did not catch any of the earlier shows. Because once wasn’t enough. Although the three musicians have unique styles, they complement each other and were a perfect trio to put together for a performance. (more…)Read More