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Posted on The hit man of one-man, bands sets out for Canadian tour

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.

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Posted on Blistering bluesman warms rainy Calgary night

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…

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Posted on One man electric band Steve Hill blazes away

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.”

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Posted on Montreal bluesman bringing one man band to Ironwood Stage

Steve Hill blows that notion to bits, with this telling excerpt from his press release bio:  “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.”

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Posted on My Record Collection by Steve Hill

In My Record Collection, we dig down to the bottom of musicians’ souls to find out what the most treasured parts of their record collection are. This week, it’s the turn of Steve Hill, award-wielding Canadian singer and blues guitar great whose latest, Solo Recordings Volume 2, is now available. Let’s see what he picks out…

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Posted on One-man dynamo Steve Hill to play Lorenzo’s

Montreal guitar hero Steve Hill is set to head out for a one-man band Canadian tour this summer and will be making a stop at Lorenzo’s Café June 24.

The tour is in support of his acclaimed multiple award winning release Solo Recordings Volume 2.

Hill is clearly at home on the stage, inviting audiences to catch a glimpse of his musical madness in the form of blues and rock ‘n’ roll.

Throughout his lengthy and intense shows, he 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.

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Posted on Hill should be a hit at Long Days festival

Montreal’s guitar hero Steve Hill is set to head out for a one-man band Canadian tour this summer and will make a stop in Swift Current on June 19 as part of the Long Days Night Festival.

The tour is in support of his acclaimed multiple award-winning release Solo Recordings Volume 2. When it comes to one-man bands, guitarist and singer extraordinaire Hill has no limits.

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.

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Posted on Canadian artists pay tribute to B.B. King

Juno-winning blues guitarist Steve Hill was fascinated by King at an early age.

The Montreal native recalls appreciating King even before he started to learn guitar — and then snatching up his records with enthusiastic abandon once he did, at age 14.

It must have felt like a dream, then, when Hill actually got to open for his hero in his hometown at the then-Molson Centre in 2001.

“He was the nicest guy you could think of,” said Hill, who won four awards at this year’s Maple Blues Awards.

“I’ve done shows with a lot of … big names, and B.B. King was the nicest guy.”

Hill recalls chatting with King about music, but also receiving some level-headed personal advice.

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Posted on Blues-rocker hits the stage this weekend at Violet’s Venue

Part acrobat, part juggling multi-instrumentalist.

Add vocals, original songs, wrap it up in a blues-rock package and it’s become Steve Hill’s formal for success. Again.

Necessity really is the mother of invention — or in Hill’s case, re-invention. After more than two decades in the music business, Hill won his first Juno award a couple of weeks ago in Hamilton for blues album of the year.

It capped four Maple Blues Awards Hill received in January for electric act of the year, guitarist of the year, recording/producer of the year and entertainer of the year.

All of the 2015 awards were for the same album, Solo Recordings Volume 2, Hill’s eighth recording.

“I never really thought it would work that well. I guess people dig it,” said Hill, who brings his one-man-band show to Barrie this weekend. “I made a good living after my first couple of records then I really got the blues. Had eight hard years.

“When I did Volume 1, I had to come up with something or get a day job,” he said with a laugh. “I don’t know now to do anything else. I owned a studio, so I went down to the basement and started recording and it’s worked.”

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