One-man band blues rock machine Steve Hill has a new album Solo Recordings: Volume 3 out in the UK through No Label Records in the UK on Friday 6th October 2017, just ahead of a 27 date October/November tour supporting Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash.
The Montreal Gazette calls Hill “the meanest guitar player in Canada”. His Solo Recordings Volume 1 was nominated for a JUNO award and won Album of The Year at the International Blues Challenge in 2013, while the following Solo Recordings Volume 2 won the JUNO in 2015 alongside four Maple Blues Awards, and followed that in 2016 with the Canadian release of Solo Recordings Volume 3. Now, a year later, the album will finally be released domestically in the UK. However, new single ‘Dangerous’ has just been released as is an accompanying official music video featured here.
“When I started the Solo Recordings projects four years ago, I had hopes that the songs and performances would resonate with my existing fan-base”, said Hill. “I am constantly trying to improve on the songs, both lyrically and technically, live and recorded, in order to keep the fans excited about my material and live shows. I feel that Solo Recordings Volume 3 is my best work yet and I am excited to present it.”
His “one-man band guitar machine” refers to the fact that Hill plays everything himself with no overdubs or tapes. He sings and plays guitar at the same time, with bass notes created by feeding three of his strings through an Octaver guitar pedal hooked up to a bass amp while his feet play bass drum, snare drum and hi-hats and with a drum stick fused to the head of his guitar, any other percussion within reach.
Recorded live in the studio, Solo Recordings Volume 3 features originals that are outright rockers through to more acoustic-based melodic tracks and three reimagined and rearranged covers. The track listing being as follows: ‘Damned’, ‘Dangerous’, ‘Still A Fool & A Rollin Stone’, ‘Slowly Slipping Away’, ‘Rhythm All Over’, ‘Smoking Hot Machine’, ‘Troubled Times’, ‘Emily’, ‘Can’t Take It With You’, ‘Rollin & Tumblin/Stop Breaking Down’, ‘Going Down The Road Feeling Bad’ and ‘Walking Grave’.
Tickets for Steve Hill’s appearance as special guests to Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash can be purchase via his website and the dates are as follows: Wednesday 18th Oct (Dorking Halls, Dorking). Thursday 19th Oct (O2 Academy Islington, London), Friday 20th Oct (The Coliseum Theatre Aberdare), Saturday 21st Oct (Cheese & Grain, Frome), Sunday 22nd Oct ( The Arts Centre, Swindon), Tuesday 24th Oct (Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-By-Sea), Wednesday 25th Oct (The Brook, Southampton), Thursday 26th Oct (Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne), Friday 27th Oct (The Hub, Plymouth), Saturday 28th Oct (The Railway, Ipswich), Sunday 29th Oct (King Edward VII Memorial Hall, Newmarket), Tuesday 31st Oct (Princess Theatre, Hunstanton), Thursday 2nd Nov (Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, Wirral), Friday 3rd Nov (The Tivoli, Buckley), Saturday 4th Nov (Whitby Pavilion Theatre, Whitby), Sunday 5th Nov (The Lowry Manchester), Tuesday 7th Nov (The Flowerpot, Derby), Wednesday 8th Nov (The Irish Centre, Leeds), Thursday 9th Nov (Bootleggers, Kendal), Friday 10th Nov (The Jam House, Edinburgh), Saturday 11th Nov (The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen), Sunday 12th Nov (The Ferry, Glasgow), Tuesday 14th Nov (Riverside Lodge, Morpeth), Wednesday 15th Nov (ARC, Stockton-on-Tees), Thursday 16th Nov (The Layton, Blackpool), Friday 17th Nov (The Picturedrome, Holmfirth), Saturday 18th Nov (SHCON, Clitheroe).