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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Steve Hill - Solo Recordings Volume 3 - New Release review

I just received the newest release, Solo Recordings Volume 3, by Steve Hill and it's quite good! Opening with a Damned, modern take on a JL Hooker style boogie, Steve Hill, a soloist (plays everything), really gets things cranking. With basic drums and bass rhythm, Hill is a super singer and knows how to squeeze the juice out of his guitar on this driving blues rocker. Dangerous leans a little more toward the rock arena but with solid blues roots. This is a track with a catchy melody and powerful guitar riffs making it a natural for the radio. Muddy Waters tracks, Still A Fool and A Rolling Stone are paired together into one stellar blues track. Hill uses this track in a somewhat original form with his own powerful voice and original riffs as a base and then grinds out terrific blues sounds on his electric guitar. Excellent! Quieting things down a bit, Hill delivers Slowly Slipping Away, an acoustic ballad with cleanly picked guitar patterns, harp solo and a nice melody. A strong kick in the pants is Rhythm All Over, a great track with traits of Robert Johnson and Paul Rogers with hot flashy slide guitar work. Great blues rocker! Smoking Hot Machine is a slinky R&B number with great harp tones and a driving drum beat. Hill's natural delivery on this track make it one of the releases super tracks! Troubled Times is an acoustic "folk" track with finely picked acoustic guitar and strong deliberate vocals. Very nice! Emily is a short pop rocker with bright vocals and tight acoustic guitar work. Can't Take It With You is a super track with hard driving bottom and cutting electric guitar riffs. With it's relentless snare attack and short bursts of electric solo, this is a cool track! Back to the hard core blues basis, Rollin' and Tumblin' joined with Stop Breaking Down is a terrific duo. With a drive that is hard to ignore, Hills vocals are compelling and his slide guitar work over rhythm extremely strong. Excellent! On traditional track, Going Down That Road Feeling Bad, Hill takes an acoustic solo as a part of the intro and it is really quite nice. Containing the track in more of a Leo Kottke style and not adding in slide it retains a bit more freshness due to the work of Delaney & Bonnie with Eric Clapton and Duane Allman. Wrapping the release is Walking Grave, a heavy bottomed blues based rocker. This track shows Hill at his most relentless with "wild" freely expressed guitar solos giving the track a real rawness contained withing a nicely polished shell. Excellent closer for an excellent release!

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