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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, Jonny 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
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.
“The meanest guitar player in Canada” – BB Burnett / The Hour