I want to make one thing clear about Steve Hill before we go on to his unique selling point, or anything else: Musically he’s very, very good. It wouldn’t matter if this music was being played by a four piece band, a duo, or a big blues band. The songs are hard edged, prime blues/rock of the highest order; Hill’s guitar playing is sensational, and his voice is great – perfect for the style of music: expressive, gritty when it needs to be, softer when he wants. Added to those qualities, it seems that he’s also an excellent bass player, and a great drummer… in fact, it just so happens he’s all four of these things at the same time – and a laid back, charismatic showman to boot!Read More
First a word about support act Steve Hill, who has been doing the rounds with Wishbone Ash throughout this tour. The Canadian is singular for his efforts in delivering hard-hitting blues rock as a one-man band, managing to play kick drum, hi-hat, cymbal and god knows what else in addition to guitar and vocals. Now that runs the risk of being seen as a novelty act – except that he somehow packs enough punch to blow away a hell of a lot bands you’ll come across.Read More
From first bar to last, this was an evening of powerhouse rock at its very finest, with Montreal based, one-man-band Steve Hill performing on these shores for the very first time and cutting a yet deeper vein of popularity into the bargain.
Man can this guy play! In fact, during the Ballad of Johnny Wabo – a song he describes as being “as Canadian as you can get” – there’s a genuine fear he along with his plethora of guitars, drums and cymbals might spontaneously combust. The energy and drive of this consummate musician is simply incredible, all of which is underpinned with a deep, gravel-fuelled voice that would soothe the most rampant of bears out in the deepest of backwoods.Read More
It has been interesting watching Salford Quays evolve over the last 20 years, much like the way Steve Hill has evolved too, and tonight he played at The Lowry. Not the main Lyric Theatre but the smaller and more intimate Quay Theatre where his performance gained him a standing ovation and at the bar afterwards several members of the audience were describing it as “astonishing”. Not bad for someone who is undertaking his first full tour of this country and as a consequence the queue at his merch stall is constant as he signs autographs and sells his CD’s to new fans.Read More
From playing in a British pub a few days ago to now playing such a large, grand venue like Leeds Town Hall with all its northern grandiosity and splendour, Steve Hill’s rise can only be described as stratospheric! The octopus-like one-man band is gone this evening but even stripped back to an acoustic guitar, harp and electronic foot drum it is surprising how much sound he can create.Read More
The O2 Academy in Islington can be a really unforgiving place for a support artist unless they have something special to offer and Steve Hill most definitely had that ‘something’ about him.
He is that really rare thing, a musician that plays as a ‘one man band’ without being compromised by having to play the guitar, sing and play percussion at the same time and it is no insult to him to say that I was amazed not to see a bass player and drummer step out to take their bows with him after a superb little set of rocking Blues.Read More
Montreal-born and raised Steve is a phenomenon and almost the archetypal twenty-five-years-to-become-an-overnight-success story.
He releases his third album, Solo Recordings Volume 3, on November 10 and is fast becoming noted for not only is obvious talent, but also his somewhat unusual stage craft.
Steve Hill is the literal one-man-band, exhibiting not only stunning guitar work and vocals but also playing harmonica and drums.
What Steve delivers is, without question, music that needs to be heard and a performance that needs to be seen to be believed.Read More
Back at the turn of the seventies, Wishbone’s then revolutionary twin lead guitar line up altered the conventional wisdom of how a rock band was constructed. In his own way, support act Steve Hill was equally innovative. The White Stripes and Royal Blood may have brought duos into the mainstream, but the Canadian went a step further as a one man band, and no acoustic troubadour but a full on rocker complete with denim cut off and wild hair and beard.Read More