Rick Keene Music Scene – A Song for Markov, The ‘Mooch’ and Jack Black Recites Carl Sandburg

Everyone needs a break once in a while. Noise pollution is not good for the musical soul.  

 

 

Please enjoy some real tunes in the meantime. Rick Keene Music Scene will be back before you can say Andrei Markov !

 

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene; Montreal Jazz Festival Preview – King Crimson.

King Crimson are one of ‘those‘ bands …

Several short stints in several increments have survived since 1969. Starting with ‘The Court of The Crimson King’ until their upcoming appearance on July 3rd in Montreal – this band is still cutting  edge.

 

Please listen below to my chat with Gavin Harrison, one of three drummers within King Crimson. He talks about all of the above and why he thinks touring in a van may not be such a good idea for young bands.

Gavin? What’s up?

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene; Montreal Jazz Festival Preview – Michael Kaeshammer

Michael Kaeshammer has been here -done that. The Montreal Jazz Festival? Second nature for him …

Before setting out on an European tour and then China – Michael’s upcoming appearance at The Montreal International Jazz Festival on July 6th is just one of very few gigs this summer. Michael is taking the time to prepare for two upcoming albums to be partly recorded in New Orleans. Two discs Michael is currently writing material for.

 

Please listen below to my chat as Michael talks about all of the above and much, much more….

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Rick Keene Music Scene; Montreal Jazz Festival Preview – Buddy Guy, Charlie Musslewhite, Steve Hill and Matt Andersen

Steve Hill has opened for Buddy Guy a few times. Meeting him – an entirely different tale …

Steve will be opening up for Buddy once more on June 30th as part of Le Festival International de Jazz a Montreal. It is part of a triple bill including; Guy, Charlie Musslewhite and Matt Andersen. A definitive Blues fans’ delight.

Please listen below as Steve talks about Buddy’s influence on him and hear Hill’s thoughts on both Charlie and Matt Andersen. You can listen to some great tunes as well !

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Kevin Harvey of The Durham County Poets Talks The ‘Roots’ of ‘Monday Morning’

Country, Folk and Blues …

 

Three ingredients that make up ‘the Chikkaboodah Stew’. 

Did you miss a new trendy meal? Don’t worry, you can get a taste of the ‘stew’ Saturday night at Smoke Meat Pete in Ile Perrot.

‘The Chikkaboodah Stew’ is the name of The Durham County Poets’ second CD and songs from their soon-to-be-released new CD will be played on Saturday evening. 

Please listen below as lead singer Kevin Harvey talks about ‘the poets’, their influences and the chemistry within the band. You can also hear a sample from the new album !

Kevin? What’s up? 

 

The Durham County Poets will be at Smoke Meat Pete March 18th !

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 Matt Anderson will be at L’Astral in Montreal on March. 30th

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Please listen below to some great tunes and upcoming shows in Montreal ! Thank you ! Merci !

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene; What’s Happening Musically in Montreal !

Hard to keep track of the craziness in the world ! 

 

Matt Anderson – March 30th L’Astral

At the very least, we have music and lots of it in Montreal !

Matt Anderson will be at L’Astral in Montreal on March. 30th

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Rick Keene Music Scene; Matt Anderson Talks Stuart McLean, Derek Trucks and Music !

Rarely does an ‘honest man’ come along …

Matt Anderson is ‘that man’. Hard working and a student of music. A passion that has seen his rise atop the Blues scene in North America. Winner of multiple awards and the first Canadian to take a top prize at The Memphis International Blues Competition.

Please listen below as Matt pays homage to the late host of The Vinyl Cafe Stuart McLean and gives his thoughts on some great musical talent. 

Oh ya  – you can also hear some of Matt’s great songs from his last album –  ‘An Honest Man’. 

Matt will be at L’Astral in Montreal on March. 30th

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Rick Keene Music Scene; Steve Hill Talks Live DVD Recording at Club Soda March 17th !

Steve Hill is a prodigal son …

 

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Like a gunslinger making his way around the world. Restless, in search of meaning in song. Continually seeking frontiers which give inspiration for lyrics and ideas. Frontiers to conquer.

Please listen below as Steve talks about his latest tour on the heels of Solo Recordings Volume Three and an upcoming live DVD / CD recording on March 17th at Club Soda.

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Juno Award Winner Steve Hill Talks Volumes!

 Steve Hill has come a long way …

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Starting with his Solo Recordings Volume One out of necessity, Steve’s one-man band mentality has become the talk of the country. 

 

Please listen below as Steve talks about his latest offering Solo Recordings Volume Three, his new-found success and his guitars of choice.

 

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Ladies and Gentlemen; The Greatest Guitar Player Ever! Featuring Jerry Mercer on Drums …

Who is the greatest guitar player ever?

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Steve Hill of Trois Riveieres, Qc can lay claim in Canada at the moment. Fresh off his four award evening at the Maple Blues Awards. Steve – on the heels of his second solo project – a force to be reckoned with for many years to come.

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B.B King is considered to be the best ever among his peers – present and those gone by. Mr. King is heralded as being the innovator. The man responsible for every guitar player who came after. From Buddy Guy to Steve HillMr. King is the King …

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Jimi Hendrix took King’s legacy and brought it to an entire different level. Stratosphere some may say. Hendrix’s riffs, chords and notes – still mysterious many years following his premature demise.

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Stevie Ray Vaughan. The only man since King and Hendrix to make  the most seasoned guitar man shake his head in disbelief. Another innovator with lightning quick hands and a ‘feel’ that cannot be taught.

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There are so many great guitarists, each unique in their very own way. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Keith Richards, Jack White.

The list is as long as a broken guitar string blowing in the wind…

There is one guy whose name does not come up often enough. A guy whom Clapton and Jeff Beck have heralded as the best. A guy who recorded a version of a song made famous by Jimi Hendrix, a seemingly untouchable song, and perhaps outdid Hendrix.

Please listen below to that song as well as two others by

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Ladies and Gentlemen … The Best Guitar Player in Canada; Mr. Steve Hill

Fourteen years ago,  Steve Hill, originally of Trois Rivieres, Qc –  opened up for B.B King at Montreal’s Bell Center. 

For most, a feather in the proverbial Blues’ cap.

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Realistically, such a feat requires constant work and it does not necessarily mean a swimming pool in Beverly Hills. Discover why Steve Hill decided to embark on a solo career and how, by chance – he is more popular now then any point in his career.

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Steve Hill; Hendrix, Guitar Tuning and Volume Three?

Volume three cannot be far off …

Following two very successful solo albums; Steve Hill of Trois Rivieres, Quebec is living a life of renewed interest and respect.

Respect is what this guy deserves ...

Not too many musicians take the hard way out. Undertaking a solo project is one thing – taking the stage as a one man band is another entirely. Playing guitar, singing original compositions, playing bass, snare and high-hat; no simple task.

Steve Hill will tell you this. Right now as a matter of fact …

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Paul Deslauriers and Jimi Hendrix; A Match Made in Heaven (Ask Steve Hill).

Paul Deslauriers is one smart cookie …

Nothing like jumping on an opportunity to pay homage to a childhood idol and hooking up with an old friend at the same time.

As part of the Montreal International Jazz Festival – Paul is taking the stage with his band and with longtime guitar buddy Steve Hill. Not together – apart …

On la  Scene Lotto Quebec and  Metropolis; Paul will delight fans of both his band and those of the Jimi Hendrix persuasion. A double bill for lovers of guitar rock and Blues.

Shows not to be missed. Shows not to be dissed.

Please listen as Paul explains what people will expect and why he loves Hendrix so much.

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The 35th Edition of The Montreal International Jazz Festival

 

The 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, presented by TD in partnership with Rio Tinto Alcan, kicks off in just 3 short days! The Quartier des Spectacles is ready and waiting to welcome the world’s large largest jazz festival, from Friday, June 26 to Sunday, July 6, 2014!

The Festival goes mobile

Here’s a major new addition for this 35th edition: the full program is now available from the Festival’s new mobile website (mobile.montrealjazzfest.com ).

Web surfers Will Find a detailed schedule, shows listed by series or course, a search engine, photos, concert descriptions and audio excerpts. And to help everyone get the MOST out of the Festival, visitors can create a personalized schedule to Ensure They Do not Miss Any of the Action! Festival fans can aussi experience the festivities’ round the clock, 24/7 on the Festival website ( montrealjazzfest.com ), socialand via the Montreal Jazz mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android (montrealjazzfest.com / mobile ).

Throughout the duration of the event,MontrealJazzFest.TV Will aussi feature artist interviews and Some hundred concerts on video captured by our video squad in Festival concert venues and on outdoor stages.

3rd Edition of our contest, I love Jazz Festival: incredible prizes available

By showing Their affection for the Festival-simply by Becoming a fan of the event’s official Facebook page, Internet users can join the fun every day by visiting the great I love Jazz Festival Contest (I Like the Jazz Festival Contest) on Facebook .

A grand total of $ 30,000 in prizes Will Be up for grabs thanks to collaborations with a number of partners: 1st prize : grand prize of$ 10,000 in cash offert by TD ; 2nd prize : a MacBook Pro 13” aluminum with Retina display, valued at $ 3.160 USD , offert by Rio Tinto Alcan , 3rd prize : an automatic coffeemaker valued at $ 3.100, offert by Jura ; 4th prize : a collection of 50 blues CDs valued at $ 1,000, offert by Loto-Québec ; 5th prize : an XM radio with a one-year subscription with a maximum value of $ 500, offert by SiriusXM .

Entering the contest is easy!

Just “Like” the Festival’s facebook page ( facebook.com / montrealjazzfest ), click the link under the “Contest” tab on the home page and fill out the online form Between June 3 and July 6, midnight.

The drawing Will take up July 8, 2014 at noon . Dozens of instant prizes, with a total value of $ 10,000, Will Be Offered by TD andLa Presse + on the outdoor festival site.

Galerie Lounge TD: presenting Jimi Hendrix!

The Galerie Lounge TD , located in. the Espace culturel Georges-Émile Lapalme exhibition hall in Place des Arts , is a treasure trove of works by artists united by Their passion for jazz.

This year, to mark the 35th anniversary of the Festival organizers and the Galerie Lounge TD are very proud to offer Drifter’s Escape , a silkscreen taken from original year work by one of the Most Significant musicians of the 20th century, Jimi Hendrix , available for The Entire Festival duration in a limited print run of only 125 copies. Also, fans can purchase a limited-run of silkscreen Saxophoenix , The Most recent creation by Yves Archambault , our artist in residence for over 25 years.

Traffic on the website

Starting June 27, the Festival Site Will Be closed to automobile traffic every day from 6 pm to 3 am, until, Sunday, July 6 at 7 am

The website Occupies the quadrilateral area bordered by St. Laurent Boulevard and De Bleury Street from east to west , and St. Catherine St. and President Kennedy Ave. from north to south. A part of the Quartier des Spectacles Will Remain closed to automobile traffic day and night Until September 5: St. Between St. Catherine De Bleury St. and St. Laurent Blvd., Jeanne Mance St. Between St. Catherine St. and De Maisonneuve Blvd., As well as Mayor and Balmoral Streets. De Maisonneuve Blvd. Will Be closed to automobile traffic Until July 9 Between Bleury and Jeanne-Mance Streets.

To Plan your visit to the Festival and for all information on access for people with limited mobility or Reduced gold Accessing the site by car, on bike or on foot:  montrealjazzfest.com ,  Access to the Site  tab.

Pre-opening concert

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June 25, 8 pm, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA

When the preeminent icon of the alternative lands Music Scene with a new album, the highly-Anticipated Morning Phase 6 Years After Modern Guilt -we-have all reason to rejoice.

When he arrived at this festival for the first time, we’re over the moon! The voice and vision of a generation since the blockbuster success of Loser in 1994 Beck Brings us the mind-blowing alterna-folk, blues and silky inimitable artistic not touch that make him extraterrestrially brilliant!

Opening Bell Event

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June 26, 9:30 pm, TD Internship

Three years ago, he set off a buzz Take That Has not quit since the release of the superb video for Iron -viewed over 27 million times on YouTube! This versatile French artist weaves a cinematic Pop That transport and moves the listener. After Delivering phenomenal performance falling on the Festival andJazz All-Year Round last year, he’s back to full the Hat Trick: Outdoor Concert Opening the 35th edition of this magnificent …

Indoor opening concert

Alain Lefèvre with the OSM, The Gershwin Legacy
June 26 & 27, 7 pm, Maison symphonique de Montreal

Not only do two superb thesis concerts celebrate the Festival’s 35th birthday, They Also spotlight the 80th season of the OSM and the 90th anniversary of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue , the first work to bring jazz into the World’s Most prestigious concert halls. The event promises to be a memorable one, both, in Festival history and in pianist and composer Alain Lefèvre’s career, as he surrounds himself with old friends and musical Accomplices for the occasion derived, namely, two leading figures on the Montreal jazz scene, double bassist Michel Donato and drummer Paul Brochu.

Sold out concerts

All tickets for the Following concerts-have-been already sold:

♫  Alain Lefèvre (June 26, 8 pm, Maison symphonique de Montreal)

♫  Cecile McLorin Salvant (June 26 and 27, 9 pm, L’Astral)

♫  Jordan Officer (June 27, 28 and 29, 7 pm, Savoy)

♫  Rufus Wainwright (June 27, 28 and 29, 8 pm, Théâtre du Nouveau Monde)

♫  Beth Hart (June 28, 7 pm, Club Soda)

♫  Keith Jarrett (June 28, 8 pm, Maison symphonique de Montreal)

♫  Stacey Kent . Opening act: Emie R Roussel Trio (June 28, 8 pm, Théâtre Maisonneuve, PoA)

♫  Earth, Wind & Fire (June 30, 7:30 pm, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PoA)

♫  Bobby McFerrin (June 30, 8 pm, Maison symphonique de Montreal)

♫  Tigran and Brad Meldhau (July 2, 6 pm, Gesù – Centre for Creativity)

♫  Aretha Franklin (July 2, 7:30 pm, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PoA)

♫  Diana Ross (July 3, 7:30 pm, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PoA)

Indoor concerts pick up your tickets now

Altho Many concerts are sold out, tickets REMAIN available for the Following:

Daniel Lanois and very special guests Emmylou Harris and Trixie Whitley June 26, 7:30 pm, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier –

Finally back in Montreal, explore music, inspired renowned artist and producer Daniel Lanois takes hold of Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier Accompanied by His group, Including astonishing drummer Brian Blade, and two very notable guests: the sublime Trixie Whitley, Whose leaves us speechless stunning voice with every successive performance; and legendary singer and musician Emmylou Harris, back in Montreal for the first time since 2006, a 12-time Grammy winner Including the 1996 Best Contemporary Folk Album award for Wrecking Ball , produced by none other than … Daniel Lanois.

Cassandra Wilson Opening act: Andreas Varady – June 26, 8 pm, Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA –

Singer Cassandra Wilson Effective returns a four-year absence, When She shared the bill of the opening concert of the Festival with Lionel Richie. With only her voice, her blues sensibility and flair for the unexpected, the winner of the 1999 Miles Davis Award Brings us a milestone concert marking the 20th anniversary of her famed album Blue Light ‘Til Dawn .First goal, a good hand of applause for jazz guitar wunderkind and Quincy Jones Andreas Varady protected!

Angélique Kidjo . Opening act: Karim Diouf – June 26, 8:30 pm, Metropolis – It’s always an enormous pleasure to welcome the funkiest of African diva Angelique Kidjo, back at the Festival with her ​​13th album Eve , written and Recorded in tribute to African women . Dig into funk-soul piece steeped in African traditions, Reviews another chapter in the career of this renowned sincere, passionate and authentic big-hearted activist. Opening the evening, make way for forming Colocs member Karim Diouf, has Launched Have you solo career last year with a debut album of universal tweaked pop with reggae and African rhythms, Adouna .

Van Gogh Go – June 27, 11 pm, Club Soda – Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Their debut album, it’s the return of Montreal’s once and future coolest alt-pop duo, singer and guitarist Sandra Luciantonio-singer Daniel Tierney.They’ve returned to remind us of Reviews some of the great times of the ’90s, hot on the heels of Their moving and utterly convincing performance this past December in the Cabaret du Mile End … And along with Their hits, we can expect Some surprises , Including new songs!

Katie Melua, The Acoustic Tour – June 27, 7:30 pm, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA  – At just 19, she has Launched debut album That soared to phenomenal success in the UK. Her sophomore release made ​​her international star year.Talented young Katie Melua Wherever she goes charms audiences with her ​​elegant simplicity, remarkable voice, blues-tinged jazz and an understated, intense presence, perfectly Embodying a fresh authenticity. The songstress Have you Delivered the opening concert in Festival 2008 Effective returns a 5-year failure to offer us her latest bestseller, Ketevan . Presented Exclusively for the Festival’s 35th anniversary, this is her only concert in America.Absolutely ir-re-sis-ti-ble!

Dianne Reeves. Opening act: Nico Sarbanes – June 27, 8 pm Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA – Les Grands concerts Rio Tinto Alcan series – Recipient of the 2002 Ella Fitzgerald Award and four Grammys Besides, Dianne Reeves HAS long since won her spot in the pantheon of jazz singers. A flamboyant onstage performer, loved by critics and audiences alike, she’s here to present her new album, Beautiful Life , a lovely marriage of R & B, Latin music, pop and jazz in Both new compositions and covers of Bob Marley, Fleetwood Mac and Marvin Gaye . Terri Lyne Carrington produced by, the album features the talents of aussi Esperanza Spalding, Gregory Porter and the late George Duke. The evening begins with young trumpet player and singer Montreal Nico Sarbanes.  

. Nikki Yanofsky Opening act: Jon Batiste and Stay Human – June 27, 8:30 pm, Metropolis – She Was Discovered at the Festival in 2006 When she was just 12; now, the darling of Montreal jazz HAS Become a singer of international caliber. She’s been hailed at the Olympia in Paris, the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York, and falling on her last stop Festival, a three-night run in TNM; now, the young artist is under the artistic wing of legendary producer Quincy Jones and returns to present a new album, Little Secret , that ‘utterly lives up to expectations The Highest! Opening the evening, welcome sensational young New Orleans jazzman Jon Batiste backed by Stay Human.

Rudresh Mahanthappa – June 27, 10:30 pm Gesù – Centre for Creativity –Named a Rising Star in the Downbeat International Critics Poll in 2010, saxman Mahanthappa now Has the profile of an old pro. An inspired gifted instrumentalist and composer, Rudresh Mahanthappa never lacks for progressive projects projects fusing Indian music, classical, avant-jazz, etc..The alto saxophonist Brings us His revolutionary artistic perspective and his Most recent project, Gamak , Accompanied by musicians Rez Abbasi (guitar), François Moutin (bass) and Dan Weiss (drums). Huge.

Hercules & Love Affair + Andy Butler (DJ set) – June 27, 11 pm, Club Soda – Captained by New York DJ Andy Butler, Hercules & Love Affair the project is an odyssey into primal disco-house territory. Filled out by John Grant, Mary Rouge, Krystle Warren and Gustaph, the group Recently released The Feast of the Broken Heart , Conceived with nighthawks in mind. With a touch of techno and pop to make things hyper-available and totally danceable, the result is at once retro and futurist, melodic and rocking.

Changes to the program

Psychology Will open for Snoop Dogg in Metropolis on July 4, 11 pm ( Les Rythmes series).

Kumbia Gypsy Orchestra ‘s performance on July 4 in the festive Love is canceled. Roma Carnivale Will replace em.

The Farruquito concert ( Improvisao ), scheduled on July 2, 6 pm in Théâtre Maisonneuve (MoU) is canceled.

 

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What’s Happening on Rick Keene Music Scene?

What are you doing this week?

Mending the piece of  fence where the cattle escaped through? Cooking up a pot of grits to feed the outlaws who are coming to town to soak up the Jazz Festival?

Whatever it is – fear not …

Visit Rick Keene Music Scene all week to hear some great interviews along with some great tunes. The Jazz festival is starting on Thursday – so for the following ten days; a bevy of show reviews coming your way.

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Steve Hill’s Second Volume; Almost perfect …

Blues guitarist extraordinaire Steve Hill, finally finished his Solo Recordings Volume Two.

The disc took two years to make. It was worth the wait!

Please listen below as Steve talks about the new album, the old (er) album and the state of the Blues in Quebec. Steve is currently on tour with Matt Anderson and Kim Churchill. Check out Steve’s site for all the info.

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Steve Hill Solo Recordings Volume One is available on his website. A can’t miss for fans of the ‘real’ blues …

Steve Hill; Back Where he Started

When Steve Hill was a lad, he discovered the blues much the same way many people do.

Through the music and words of others…

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“Everytime I would hear guys like Jimmy Page talk about music, they would always be talking about people like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Robert Johnson. This is how I learned the blues, by listening to my heroes’ heroes.”

For Steve Hill – that was eighteen years ago and a lot has happened in between. A lot has happened yet Steve finds himself back where he started with his new cd – Steve Hill Solo Recordings Volume One.

Sorta, kinda …

“I had written some songs years ago that were acoustic – stripped down stuff. I was meeting a record guy in Toronto to sign a deal with that type of music. Well … the deal did not go through and the songs stayed hidden.”

Hill explains further.

“It was not the right time anyways for me. I was into electric guitar and hard rocking music. Now – I feel after all these years, I deserve and have earned to do what I want. In this case, a solo show.”

This is a big change for Steve after recently playing a recent Montreal Jazz Festival gig at Place des Arts with another guitarist, Paul Deslauriers. It was billed as a ‘ Guitar Duel ‘ and Hill enjoyed the experience immensely.

” I actually replaced Paul years ago in a band. He was one of the guys I looked up to  growing up in the business. It was cool to play with him and the fans loved it.They kept coming back for more.”

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Guitar duels are not heard on Steve’s new project. It is a one man show which features mostly original tunes with a couple of covers tossed into the mix – most notably ‘ Honey Bee’ by Muddy Waters. Hill explains how the album came to be.

” I was visiting a buddy and he had an old Gibson lying around. Its the type of guitar that is made for the old time blues music. He was trying to sell it and although I could not afford it at the time, it gave me the idea to do an album with just me.”

Hill’s ‘Solo Recordings’ are exactly that. It’ s a good thing the album is not called Steve Hill and One Thousand Maniacs – there is simply no room in the studio nor in Steve’s mind.

“There are two songs which I wrote on the record which I like a tiny bit more than the others (which I love)! Laughs Hill”.

‘Ever Changing World’ and ‘About Phase’ are the pair of tunes which stand out in Steve’s mind. About Phase is a definite standout, as nice a ballad you will find with a very sweet sounding riff carrying the tune …

“Musically and lyrically I am proud of the way these songs turned out. As a songwriter, if I do not think of writing and a song comes natural – the song is usually good. I have an antennae and the songs come to me through the air …”

The album, Solo Recordings Volume 1, has been online and in stores as of May. In its first week of sales, the release reached No. 10 on the Quebec SoundScan Anglophone charts.

Steve Hill is used to success. In his career spanning almost two decades, the Trois Rivieres artist has shared the stage with legends of blues and rock.

Ray Charles, B.B. King, Jimmie Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Santana, ZZ Top, Jeff Beck and Metallica. Not bad for a French Canadian boy …

This “Guitar Hero” as appointed by Voir Magazine and “Montreal blues-rock guitar god” by the Gazette, was floored when he performed with Hubert Sumlin – one of the greats of the ‘old blues guys’..

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“I learned so much from him. It was funny though, I helped him to adjust his amps and stuff. He had no idea how to do it ….” Chuckles Steve.

Closer to home, Hill has accompanied some legendary Quebec artists as well. Nanette Workman, Zachary Richard, Michel Pagliaro, Éric Lapointe and Jeanm Leloup have all benefited from Hill’s lightning fast fingers and a tremendous understanding of the blues.