Crowd: During this 2 hours one-man show, Steve Hill played mostly blues tunes from his latest album “Solo Recordings Volume 1”, attracting a crowd somewhat older than it used to with his rock band. Club Soda was packed and Steve Hill successfully captivated the audience with an outstanding solo performance.
Technicalities: A guitar in the hands, drums and percussion at his feet, Steve Hill displayed the full array of his talent. The sound was impeccable, as you would expect for this type of set up and venue. Switching from acoustic to electric, with an unusual but extremely effective guitar playing technique, Hill definitely impressed the blues fans in the room.
Sex appeal / image: Steve Hill proved his ability to entertain a very diverse crowd for more than 2 hours and make them scream for more. In between the songs, he took the time to talk to the audience showing how friendly and approachable of a guy he is. His guitar playing skills combined with deep and solid vocals make him an outstanding musician, but to me, the passion and soul he puts into each and every tune make him one of the best blues performers I’ve seen.
Memorable moments: I found the encore to be just what everyone needed to conclude the show: after 2 hours of playing, singing and drumming, Steve Hill comes back with his own version of Voodoo Child, adding wild solos to it and jumping to A Whole Lotta Love, making the whole piece his own and driving the crowd crazy.
Mentionable songs: having discovered Steve Hill at the time he released “Devil at my Heels”, I remain a big fan of his full band rock sound. So when he grabbed his acoustic guitar (he actually started on a blues electric tune, but broke a string 30 seconds into it… fast turnaround!) and played his acoustic arrangement of “Gotta be strong”, I was simply blown away!