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Showing posts with label Steve Hill. Show all posts
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

No Label Records artist: Steve Hill - The One-Man Blues Rock Band - New release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, The One-Man Blues Rock Band, a new live album from Steve Hill and it's powerful. Opening with Rhythm All Over, a power rocker, Steve Hill wastes no time making you a believer. With an excellent rock voice, the terrific ability to accompany himself as well as any band and fluid slide riffs, this is an excellent opener. His lead guitar on Go On, make you actually sit back and listen. This guy's playing has such presence that it rivals Jimmy Page and Alvin Lee. We're talking strong phrasing and focused notes. With a solid bass line and strong melody, Hill has great energy.  Excellent! Never Is Such A Long Time oozes blues like it was born in the Mississippi hill country but with a firm grip on modern rock and guitar techniques and tight drum rhythm giving it not only an emotional power but also strong musical punch. Very nice!  Little Walter's Hate To See You Go is a great blues rocker with Hill just killing it on guitar. You hear the initial interpretation style of jack White but pushed to the limits and the energy of young Alvin Lee. Terrific! Still Got It Bad is so beefy with tone that this thing is ready to pop. Excellent! The release is wrapped with a super rendition of Hendrix's Voodoo Chile with dynamics and gripping, soaring guitar riffs.

This is a really strong release and one that should easily plant Hill atop the hill!!



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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Angel Forrest - Angel's 11 - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Angel's 11, from Angel Forrest and it's got a special feel. Opening with Hangman, a solid blues rocker, Forrest shows that she's serious business and ready for anything. With Johnny Flash on guitar, Dennis Coulombe on bass, Sly Coulombe on drums and Bernard Quessy on B3, this track could easily see a lot of radio play. All The Way has a real cool rhythm and perfect timing from Coulombe on percussion. Forrest has a special voice and this track is perfect for her. Rob MacDonald lays in a nice guitar solo rounding out this track. Spoil Me Up is a real cool, jazzy track featuring beautiful guitar work from Steve Strongman and nice horn work from Frankie Thiffault on tenor sax, Mathieu Mousseau on bari sax, and Nicolas Boulay on trumpet. Excellent! Hold On Tight has a bluesy rock/ country sound with a real cool bass line from Alec Mc Elcheran. Ricky Paquette steps up with some searing guitar lead and I particularly like Sly Coulombe, drum work on this track. Tumbleweed really falls back with a western sound and a sweet melody. With steel guitar work by Dimitri Lebel-Alexandre and Ben Clement on drums, this track is very strong. A bright acoustic number, Goodbye, features Paul DesLauiers on acoustic guitar, building as it goes. This track reminds me quite a bit of a Steve Winwood composition and the instrumentation is tight! Let Me Go is a smooth R&B style track with full horn compliment. With tastes of Etta James styling, Forrest hits the target dead on with solid vocals and Kim Greenwood really rips loose on strat for some of the most emotional guitar work on the release. Wildflower is an uptempo rocker featuring Corey Diabo with metal guitar styling which blends surprisingly nicely with an otherwise pop oriented track. Very cool. Shane Murphy opens Touch of My Hand with fiery guitar riffs, played off of a funky bottom and sassy vocals. This is a pretty cool with a lot of heat. Steve Hill lays out some really nice lead guitar work on Crucify, a vocal ballad, performed nicely by Forrest. There are a number of really note worthy guitar pieces on this release and this is certainly one. Very nice work! Wrapping the release is silky smooth, You and I, with nicely blended vocal harmonies and light, spanish like executed guitar riffs from Adam Karch. This is a really super track to complete a nicely executed release of Forrest sharing her main stage with some excellent guitar players. Very nice job!

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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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Monday, January 19, 2015

QUEBEC BLUES ARTISTS SWEEP MAPLE BLUES AWARDS

QUEBEC BLUES ARTISTS SWEEP MAPLE BLUES AWARDS
Montreal's Steve Hill Tops Tally With Four Wins
January 19, 2015 (Toronto) - Blue Monday, thought to be the most depressing day of the year, was anything but last night Toronto’s Koerner Hall, as internationally renowned Canadian Blues Artists from coast-to-coast were honoured by their peers at the 18th Annual Maple Blues Awards gala.

Montreal’s one-man band, Steve Hill took home all of the awards he was nominated for including Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, Recording of the Year for Solo Recordings Vol. 2, and Guitar Player of the Year. Angel Forrest won two awards including Female Vocalist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. Also representing the thriving Quebec blues scene were Nanette Workman who won the Blues with a Feeling Lifetime Achievement Award and Greg Morency of the Paul DesLauriers Band who won Bassist of the Year. From Montreal, Guy Belanger won Harmonica Player of the Year, sharing it with Vancouver’s Harpdog Brown in the first ever Maple Blues Awards tie.

Vancouver’s Brandon Isaak won the Acoustic Act of the Year award with David Vest taking home the award for Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year. The New Artist or Group of the Year award was presented to Ottawa’s Wicked Grin. Edmonton Folk Festival producer Terry Wickham joined Stony Plain Records president Holger Petersen to present the Blues Booster of the Year Award to Edmonton’s Peter North, who was recognized for his dedication to promoting the blues as a broadcaster, talent buyer and festival Artistic Director.

An additional award was handed out last night as the winners of the first ever Cobalt Prize for Contemporary Blues Composition were announced.  The creator and benefactor of the award, musician Paul Reddick, presented Digging Roots the grand prize for their song “Hwy 17”, with Rob Lutes and Samantha Martin announced as runners up.

Hosted by renowned musician and broadcaster, Toronto’s own Danny Marks, the Maple Blues Awards included outstanding performances from Maple Blues Award nominees past and present, including the evening’s big winners Steve Hill and Angel Forrest, Joel Johnson,  Downchild, Harpdog Brown and Brandon Isaak, all backed by The Maple Blues Band.


Winners of the 18th Annual Maple Blues Awards
 
 
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Steve Hill
 
ELECTRIC ACT OF THE YEAR
Steve Hill

ACOUSTIC ACT OF THE YEAR
Brandon Isaak

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Matt Andersen

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Angel Forrest

NEW ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Wicked Grin

RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Steve Hill Solo Recordings Vol. 2 No Label Records; Producer: Steve Hill

BLUES WITH A FEELING AWARD (Lifetime Achievement)
Nanette Workman

BB KING INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Johnny Winter

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Steve Hill
 
HARMONICA PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Tied: Guy Belanger and Harpdog Brown

PIANO/KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR
David Vest

HORN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jon Wong

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR
Tom Bona

BASSIST OF THE YEAR
Greg Morency

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Angel Forrest

BLUES BOOSTER OF THE YEAR
Peter North

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Canada's National Blues Awards Land in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa and Hamilton

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Canada's National Blues Awards Land in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa and HamiltonMaple Blues Award Nominations Led by MonkeyJunk, Downchild and Steve Hill


(October 30, 2014) Toronto, ON - The Toronto Blues Society will be celebrating the 18th annual Maple Blues Awards by honouring nationally and internationally recognized Canadian blues artists from across the country on January 19th, 2015.  Toronto artists lead with twenty seven nominations, followed by Montreal (15), Vancouver (9), Ottawa (8) and Hamilton (7).

Ottawa’s MonkeyJunk and Toronto’s Downchild each received five nominations followed by Montreal’s Steve Hill with four. There are plenty of other acts each with multiple nominations including Fathead, Raoul & the Big Time, The 24th Street Wailers, Brandon Isaak, Steve Strongman and Harrison Kennedy. Quebec blues artists are well represented with nominations for Jordan Officer, Angel Forrest, Dawn Tyler Watson, and Guy Bélanger to name a few. British Columbia’s thriving blues scene is represented with nominations for Dave “Hurricane” Hoerl,  David Vest,  Keith Picot and Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne. The nominees, selected by a panel consisting of industry professionals from across Canada, are recognized both for their talent as well as their contribution to the growing Canadian blues music scene.  


Voting is open from 11:59pm Newfoundland Daylight Time on November 5, 2014, through 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time on December 5, 2014. Blues fans can cast their votes online at www.mapleblues.caCanadian blues fans can cast their votes in all categories except instrumental.

Tickets for the Maple Blues Awards, held at the Royal Conservatory's Koerner Hall in Toronto, are on sale now for $28 - $65 and can be purchased at The Weston Family Box Office, located in The Royal Conservatory building at 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto, by phone at RCM box office (416) 408-0208 or online at https://tickets.rcmusic.ca/public. Contact The Toronto Blues Society for member discounts.

Heading in to its 30th anniversary year, The Toronto Blues Society is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the Blues. The Maple Blues Awards is Canada's national blues awards program. Its goal is to promote blues music across Canada, and to recognize outstanding achievement in the field.

Located along the Bloor Street cultural corridor, The Royal Conservatory of Music is one of the largest and most respected music performance and arts education institutions in the world. Its breathtaking Koerner Hall, "the jewel in the crown of Toronto's Cultural Renaissance," along with two other concert spaces, presents 70+ concerts annually from acclaimed classical, jazz, pop, and world music and hosts an additional 100+ concerts and events from a wide range of not for profit arts groups, charities, and corporate clients.

The 18th Annual Maple Blues Awards Nominees:

Entertainer of the Year
The 24th Street Wailers
MonkeyJunk
Raoul & the Big Time
Steve Hill
Steve Strongman

Electric Act of the Year
Downchild
Jack de Keyzer
MonkeyJunk
Steve Hill
Steve Strongman

Acoustic Act of the Year
Adam Karch
Big Dave McLean
Brandon Isaak
Harrison Kennedy
Michael Jerome Browne

Male Vocalist of the Year
Chuck Jackson
Harrison Kennedy
Jon Knight
Matt Andersen
Steve Marriner

Female Vocalist of the Year
Angel Forrest
Dawn Tyler Watson
Diana Braithwaite
Shakura S’Aida
Suzie Vinnick 

New Artist or Group of the Year
Irene Torres & the Sugar Devils
Joel Johnson Band
Jordan Officer
Sean Pinchin
Wicked Grin

B.B. King International Artist of the Year
Beth Hart
Elvin Bishop
Janiva Magness
Johnny Winter
Mavis Staples

Guitarist of the Year
JW-Jones
Paul DesLauriers
Steve Dawson
Steve Hill
Steve Strongman

Piano or Keyboard Player of the Year
David McMorrow (Jack de Keyzer)
David Vest
Julian Fauth
Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne
Lance Anderson

Harmonica Player of the Year
Dave “Hurricane” Hoerl
Guy Bélanger
Harpdog Brown
Jerome Godboo
Steve Marriner

Horn Player of the Year
Al Lerman
Chris Whiteley
Jon Wong
Pat Carey
Richard Thornton

Drummer of the Year
Bucky Berger (Fathead)
Lindsay Beaver (The 24th Street Wailers)
Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk)
Sam Harrisson (Paul DesLauriers Band)
Tom Bona (Raoul and the Big Time, Soulstack)

Bassist of the Year
Alan Duffy (Jack de Keyzer)
Alec Fraser (Fraser/Daley)
Greg Morency (Paul DesLauriers Band)
Keith Picot (Brandon Isaak)
Omar Tunnoch (Fathead)

Songwriter of the Year
Angel Forrest
Brandon Isaak
Harrison Kennedy
Raoul Bhaneja
Ray Bonneville

Recording/Producer of the Year
Brandon Isaak - Here On Earth (Self) Producer: Chris Isaak
Downchild - Can You Hear the Music (Linus Entertainment) Producer: Don Walsh
JW-Jones - Belmont Boulevard (Blind Pig Records) Producer: Tom Hambridge
Raoul and the Big Time - Hollywood Blvd (Big Time Records) Producer: Raoul Bhaneja
Steve Hill Solo Recordings Vol. 2 (No Label Records) Producer: Steve Hill

Blues With A Feeling (Lifetime Achievement Award)
Diana Braithwaite
Alec Fraser
Danny Brooks
Ellen McIlwaine
Joe Murphy
Ken Whiteley
Michael Fonfara
Stephen Barry
Tom Lavin
Michael Jerome Browne
Brent Parkin
Nannette Workman
Theresa Malenfant

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

No Label Records artist: Steve Hill - Solo Recordings Volume 2 - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Solo Recordings Volume 2, from Steve Hill and it's quite interesting. Opening with Still Got It Bad, Hill established a gritty blues sound that is lacking in most contemporary bands. Accompanying himself on guitar and drums, this raw sound is right on! Slim Chance has a rockier/pop sound and a more clever hook but it's the raw slide sound that does it for me on this track. Tough Luck is an acoustic, finger picked picked, folk style track with smooth vocals and harp. The Collector returns back to blues roots with raw electric slide and a jagged feel that compliments the melody quite well. Never Is Such A Long Time is one of my favorite tracks on the release with R&B kind of style yet maintaining the rawness of this "primitive" overall sound. The melody is really strong and Hill compliments his solid vocals with stinging guitar work on this track. Excellent! Little Walter's Hate To See You Go is really well done with a driving beat and call and response vocal/guitar work. Another really sweet track! Better is a straight up ballad sung over arpegiated chords and 3/4 time. A simple radio style track, maintaining the raw feel, the track has a very memorable melody and a cool slide guitar solo. Simple Things, another quiet ballad with a strong melody shows Hill's talent as a songwriter and the ease at which he blends his own vocals with interesting slide work. On Muddy Water's I Want You To Love Me, Hill cranks up the distortion a little and gets a rolling blues feel going. Keeping the "dirty" overall sound, this is a cool way to showcase a classic Morganfield track without being repetitive. Very nice. Go On is back to the simplest of the stripped down blues rock sounds, one that I find very attractive. With only guitar, drum and vocal this is a cool track that deserves notice. Wrapping the release is Long Road, an easy going acoustic ballad with clean vocals and nicely articulated finger picked guitar and simple rhythm. This release is a mixed bag with a common thread of good music and solid execution. I especially like the raw guitar blues found here... and sound that most closely resembles the original blues.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Guitarist Steve Hill Releases Solo Recordings Volume 2

 "Montreal’s Steve Hill is hands-down the meanest guitar player in Canada."  Richard Burnett, Montreal Gazette 

 
One of Canada’s most prolific and exciting guitarists, Steve Hill has recorded the much anticipated follow-up to his JUNO nominated Solo Recordings Volume 1, which also won album of the year at the International Blues Challenge, held in Memphis in 2013. Solo Recordings Volume 2 is a step up for Hill, embracing his roots and showcasing his talents and love of blues music even further. Solo Recordings Volume 2 and its predecessor was recorded live in the studio with Hill not only on guitar and vocals, but also on bass drum, hi-hat, shakers and whatever he can do with his feet at the same time.
 
Featuring tracks that are heavy and hard hitting, deep and melodic, Hill manages to nail a wide rage of emotions with his songwriting and masterful guitar playing. With eight original songs and three covers, including Little Walter's “Hate To See You Go”, Muddy Water's “I Want You To Love Me” and Ray Bonneville's “Simple Things”, Solo Recordings Volume 2 is sure to please the most discerning blues lovers and music fans in general.
 
This incredible release proves why the Montreal Gazette called Hill “the meanest guitar player in Canada” and why Vancouver's Real Blues Magazine has referred to him as “the best young Blues guitar player in North America.”
 
About Steve Hill
For the past 20 years Steve Hill has been touring and recording and has shared the stage with many of his heroes like Ray Charles, BB King, ZZ Top, Jimmie Vaughan, Hubert Sumlin, Jeff Beck and many others. Over the course of eight albums he's explored everything from Hard-Rock, Country, Stoner Rock to Folk music while always incorporating the essence of his first love, the Blues.
 
View "Still Got It Bad" live in Quebec on Vimeo
 
 
Solo Recordings Volume 2 is available on iTunes

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Track List

1.   Still Got It Bad
2.   Slim Chance
3.   Tough Luck
4.   The Collector
5.   Never is Such A Long Time
6.   Hate To See You Go
7.   Better
8.   Simple Things
9.   I Want You To Love Me
10. Go On
11. Long Road
 
 
“He is the Hit Man of one man bands. He has no limits. It was another flawless performance. The material from Solo Recordings: Volume 2 is powerful and raw with a pronounced, full sound.”
– Montreal Blues Society
 
 
 
 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Steve Hill

Steve Hill got an early start as a professional guitar player at the age of 16. By the time he was 20 he was already doing more than 200 gigs a year, which lead to the success of his first album in 1997. The album was voted Best Canadian Debut Recording by Vancouver’s Real Blues magazine who also proclaimed Hill to be the best young Blues guitar player in North America! Following a tour that took him across Canada, France and Belgium, he returned to the studio in 1999 to record ‘’Call It What You Will’’. He now played much bigger venues where he shared the stage with Ray Charles, B.B. King, Jimmie Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Johnny Lang and more. He won Electric act of the year at Toronto’s Maple Blues Awards and the album got a Juno nomination for Blues album of the year. In 2001, he produced Nanette Workman’s ‘’Blues and Roots’’ album. He toured with her before joining cajun star Zachary Richard for yet another Canadian Tour.
The next year, Steve Hill released his third album ‘’Domino’’ announcing a departure from his early sound. ‘’Domino’’ had a more contemporary sound showcasing Steve’s rapid evolution as a songwriter and a producer. A blend of rock, R&B, electronica, and blues, the album and the tour received great reviews. In 2003, he started a collaboration with legendary Montreal singer-songwriter Michel Pagliaro which was immortalized on the 2006 Live à Québec DVD. 2007 saw the release of Hill’s eagerly awaited album ‘’Devil at my heels’’, combining his Blues playing with a Hard Rocking sound that leaned on old school metal, the virtuoso had also become a powerful and stunning singer. During the tour that followed the album, Hill appeared alongside such accomplished artists as ZZ Top, The Tragically Hip and Jeff Beck. He then collaborated with Quebecois rocker Eric Lapointe on his ‘’Ma peau’’ album and tour. In 2009, Steve Hill pursued his musical evolution through a new project: Steve Hill & The Majestiks and the release of ‘’The Damage Done’’.Released by Sony Music in Europe,the album was given four stars out of five by legendary magazines Rock & Folk and Les Inrocks.”The Damage Done”, or the return of Rock, the real one, the one that should never have left the airwaves of our fucking radio stations.” – Paris on the move Released in 2011, “Whiplash Love”, is a mix of southern rock, Country, high energy Rock N’ Roll, and everything in between. Hill is now a great songwriter as you can hear on songs like Cold Hearts, I’ll Walk and Judgment Day. In 2012, Hill revisits the blues with the album “Solo Recordings Volume 1″. Probably his rawest album ever, it features Hill not only on guitar and vocals, but also on bass drum, hi-hat, shakers and whatever he can do with his feet at the same time that he plays guitar and sings! Recorded live in the studio(with NO overdubs), it’s the sound of a man that has lived through a lot. 15 years after his first album, you can hear and feel a maturity that can only exist out of experience. Steve Hill-Solo Recordings Volume 1, proves once and for all that Hill is one of the best guitar players in North America, and a great singer-songwriter as well. If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band!