With a solid grip on acoustic blues underneath and a consistent show of song crafting flair, Steve Hill’s current offering commands well deserved attention throughout the set. The Montreal-based guitarist’s muscular, measured vocals match well with a string of originals and collaborations marked by compelling moods and meaty lyrics.Read More
Here is the latest album from a Canadian guitarist with enough awards to fill a bathtub. His last few records over 8 or so years have been one man band affairs, but Desert Trip is something different. Inspired by a trip in 2016 to the Desert Trip Festival in Coachella these songs are evocative and cinematic, as if they belong in a Clint Eastwood film.Read More
Multi-Award Winning Blues Man Steve Hill Goes Off-Road in New & Eighth Album, Desert Trip
Adding to His Millions+ of Streams Across Platforms, New Full-Length & Single “Rain” Available Now!
One of Canada’s most prolific guitarists Steve Hill is taking audiences along on his Desert Trip with the release of his latest album, and single “Rain” — available now.
A multi-talented instrumentalist with a JUNO, eight Maple Blues Awards and well over 2,500 live concerts notched on his axe, it was a previous solo sojourn into the dusty, dusky wide open that would inspire and transpire into most of this year’s release.
“In the fall of 2016, I went to California with some friends to attend the Desert Trip Festival in Coachella,” Hill recalls. “I had an amazing time while I was there and decided to hang around LA a little longer.
“After a couple of days in the city, I felt an urge to move and a need to explore,” he continues. “I rented a camper van and criss-crossed the state for about three weeks.
“I bought a guitar, too, and wrote some tunes at night while camping in Death Valley, Big Sur, Yosemite, San Rafael, and many other wild places.
“The world has become a very different place since then,” Hill considers. “Somehow, though, these songs make more sense to me lately. They’re a journey through my state of mind at the time, and maybe a foretelling of the way I feel now.
“There’s a few vamped-up oldies on there as well,” he reveals. “It’s as if they had been written on the same trip… I hope they bring others a little joy and comfort, too, in these troubled times.”
Now 27 years and millions of streams into his storied career, Hill has performed alongside the likes of Ray Charles, B.B. King, and ZZ Top, has taken the stage with Kent Nagano and the Montreal Symphonic Orchestra, performed at some of the country’s biggest music festivals, and dabbled in every genre from rock, to country, to folk, and back — all while fusing it with his first and foremost love, the blues.
A multi-nominee across his previous releases, The One Man Blues Rock Band (2018), Solo Recordings, Vol.’s 1 (2012), 2 (2014), 3 (2016), The Damage Done (2009), Devil at My Heels (2007), and Domino (2007), Steve Hill has won a JUNO Award for Blues Album of the Year, the Memphis International Blues Challenge for Best Self-Produced CD, and eight Maple Blues Awards — including three Electric Act of the Year Awards, two Entertainer of the Year Awards, two Guitarist of the Year Awards, and an Album of the Year Award.
Long known for his extensive breadth of sonic skill, earlier this year his outfit Steve Hill & The Devil Horns released “All About The Love” — a rollicking musical mashup of 70s rock mixed with 60s gospel and soul.
Desert Trip and “Rain” are available now.Read More
Steve Hill‘s first live album has been two decades in the making – this year he released The One Man Blues Rock Band – comprised of 14 rousing rock, blues, and country blends. Hill’s career spans over two decades. The Juno award-winning rocker has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in music, playing alongside Ray Charles, B.B. King, ZZ Top, Jimmie Vaughan, Jeff Beck – to name a few.
The energy from this album radiates through your speakers, and now Hill is taking the music back on the road for a handful of Ontario shows.Read More
Liverpool Sound And Vision – Steve Hill – Citadel St Helens gig review (Sunday May 13, 2018)
“It’s one thing to listen to Canada’s Steve Hill via the medium in which he strides. It’s quite another to witness it in action, to see the Blues played with deftness and spirit, the smile and the stare in your mind as the notes ring out in the praise of the genre.” – 5-stars, Liverpool Sound and Vision
CC Badass Show – The One-Man Blues Rock Band” album review (Sunday May 13, 2018)
“Beyond the imagination of what one would think feasible, Steve Hill serves up a jaw dropping assortment of blues rock on the creative masterpiece that is The One-Man Blues Rock Band.” – CC Badass Show
Rock and Blues Muse – Album review (Monday May 7, 2018)
“Furiously swinging his drumsticks, which are fixed to his guitar headstock, Hill pounds his stand-up drum kit through “Go On” and “The Collector,” hard rock-infused blues stompers that will have you both nodding your head in agreement and shaking it in pure disbelief. By the time Hill slides and hammers his way through the guitar solo in the ZZ Top-esque, “Damned,” it becomes completely unfathomable that a single musician can possess so much talent.” – Rock and Blues MuseRead More
“The One Man Blues Rock Band. Recorded live in La Chapelle, Quebec, if ever there’s a title that says exactly
what the tin contains, then this is surely it. A powerhouse CD crammed to the gills with gut wrenching style.”
Out Friday May 11th, The One-Man Blues Rock Band is the first live album from multi-instrumentalist Steve Hill. The 14-track live recording was captured at La Chapelle, Quebec in November of last year at one of Hill’s headline shows. Punctuated by some impressive support slots, Hill’s headline roadshow has taken the French Canadian virtuoso all over North America, as well as across the Atlantic. And as a frequent visitor to the UK, Hill may be aware of the curious British idiom, “It does exactly what it says on the tin.” Without doubt, that phrase applies to this record. In short, it means there is zero ambiguity about what this album is. It’s blues rock. It’s live. And it all comes courtesy of one man – Steve Hill. Though, just how that’s physically possible is genuinely baffling. Because when opening track, “Rhythm All Over” kicks in, it legitimately sounds as if there is a full three-or-four-piece band backing Hill up.
The lyrics only strengthen Steve Hill’s one-man-band claim further, as he verbally directs himself through the steps of mastering perfect blues rhythm. “You start off with the left foot, the right one will follow,” he proclaims, as he thumps out the bass drum rhythm in isolation. He adds snare, cymbals and guitar, all courtesy of a different limb, until he resolves, “I got rhythm now, rhythm all over.” And by the name of Bonham, this guy has serious rhythm. So much so that a little fact checking was necessary to ensure Hill wasn’t somehow hiding a full band behind a curtain somewhere. As this live video from his set in Edinburgh last year confirms, that really is Hill doing everything himself – exactly what it says on the tin.Read More