Wonderful One-Man Band Steve Hill – Solo recordings Vol 3

Wonderful One-Man Band Steve Hill - Solo recordings Vol 3

Wonderful One-Man Band Steve Hill – Solo recordings Vol 3

 

 

Well, why have I not heard of Steve Hill? Why have I had to wait until Volume Three to discover Steve Hill as a Phenomenon? A One Man Band who is loud, bad and a little bit dangerous. His love of blues and rock spills out of every number he plays on the album Solo Recordings Vol 3. All the instruments are played to an incredibly high-standard live, vocals, guitar and kick drum creating a fluid and fluent sound that makes you want to drink and party. You can hear some amazing bass notes as well how? By feeding 3 strings through an octaver guitar pedal hooked up to a bass amp.  He is ready to amaze you on this album.

Steve is no longer one of Canada’s best-kept secrets. The cat is out of the bag, Steve has burst, with tone and attitude, onto the international stage an overnight sensation that’s 20 years in the making. He’s an ambitious and raucous force to be reckoned with on the Canadian blues-rock scene. Now, he’s ready to break out internationally

Steve Hill is a multi-instrumentalist with a shelf of awards including 2015 JUNO award winner for Blues Album of the Year. With Solo Recordings – Volume 3 more awards must be just following along…

The album has three distinct elements all portraying the depth of imagination of tone and power that defines Steve Hill One-Man band on Solo Recordings Volume 3. The first element is powered by rock, beats that are raw, raucous and exciting, there are six originals. Then we have a further two sets of three songs, stripped backed melodic acoustic and the re-imagined, mainstays of man tables band set list. There may be three styles and approaches but this is for certain they are equally exciting, colourful and brilliant.

Your first exclamation when Damned pours through your speakers. Is dam that must be a band who else is playing with Steve Hill?  The rock with influences that are mined deep in the heart of the blues is rich and multi-layered. How can one person make this sound as a one-man band?  This is an individual that wants to recreate the sound and energy of rock without bandmates.  He achieves that and as he proclaims on Rhythm all over. Joining guitar and his wonderful rich vocals is the harmonica as he is now a Smoking Hot Machine.

This is a one-band band that has a multitude of tonal facets that glisten and make your speakers purr with delight.  As he slots in through the album his solo renditions of blues with the deepest blue seas flowing through Still A Fool & A Rollin’ Stone. As he constructs the mood, it is deep, dark and there is a feeling that there is something lurking just out of eyesight. Is it the devil to see if Steve Hill should be down at his infamous crossroads? The guitar takes on new tonal cadence hard-hitting as we are Rollin and Tumblin with Hill’s solo experience he is sharing with us.  Lovers of music want to join Steve and be part of the moment he creates. The energy, authenticity and raw power make every track red hot. We definitely will not be Breaking Down in despair in front of the monstrous sound created by Hill.

Joining the blues to the rock and the rock to the blues are the trio of acoustic tracks Slowly Slipping Away, Troubled Times and Emily. The harmonica and the gentle punctuation of the guitar as the vocals become deep and personal singing the lyrics for you. One thing for certain no-one would be Slowly Slipping Away in Steve Hill’s company. Troubled Times a song with a gentle rendition of harsh and thoughtful lyrics with finger-picking showing another facet of his skills. The number flows into Emily and the beat picks up with a country vibe. The tone changes we are having fun.

Steve closes out the musical journey with a rocking original Walking Grave completing the circle of sound he began Damned. The album proving once again Steve Hill performs with his heart on his sleeve, using the textures and tones of all the instruments creating a mood. He plays with instinctive feel letting each part of his band have a voice. Throughout Steve Hill’s voice is in control commanding your attention.

 

Steve Hill – Solo Recordings: Volume 3 – No Label Records

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Track Listing

    1. Damned
    2. Dangerous
    3. Still A Fool & A Rollin Stone
    4. Slowly Slipping Away
    5. Rhythm All Over
    6. Smoking Hot Machine
    7. Troubled Times
    8. Emily
    9. Can’t Take It With You
    10. Rollin Tumblin / Stop Breaking Down
    11. Walking Grave

Wonderful One-Man Band Steve Hill - Solo recordings Vol 3

 

Steve Hill on Tour and New Solo Recordings Album

Steve Hill on Tour and New Solo Recordings Album

Steve Hill on Tour and New Solo Recordings Album

2015 JUNO AWARD WINNER FOR “BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR”

2016 MAPLE BLUES AWARD WINNER FOR “ELECTRIC ACT OF THE YEAR”,
“GUITARIST OF THE YEAR” & “ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR”

Steve Hill whose New album has new Album Solo recordings Volume 3 released in the UK 6th October 2017.

Check out the video, from  Canadian One-man band playing at the top of the Canadian Blues Scene.

FEATURING THE EXPLOSIVE NEW SINGLE 
“DANGEROUS”

 

 

Steve Hill on Tour and New Solo Recordings Album

 

Steve Hill, the one-man band blues rock machine, will release his new album “Solo Recordings: Volume 3” on No Label Records in the UK on Friday 6th October 2017. To support the release, Steve will support Wishbone Ash on their 27-date October UK tour.

“The one-man band style has made him the top star in the
Canadian blues scene right now.” 
– Bob Mersereau, CBC

 

 

When it comes to one-man bands, guitarist and singer extraordinaire Steve Hill there are no limits! Anything goes. He is the true exponent of a one-man band. Steve performs standing up while singing and playing the guitar, his feet playing the bass drum, snare drum, hi-hats and with a drum stick fused to the head of his trusty guitar, any other percussion within reach.

Steve Hill on Tour and New Solo Recordings Album

 

Following the success of his JUNO nominated Solo Recordings Volume 1, which also won “Album of The Year” at the International Blues Challenge in 2013, and JUNO Award winner Solo Recordings Volume 2, Steve Hill first released his brand new album Solo Recordings Volume 3 in Canada on March 4, 2016. Now, a year later, the album will finally be released domestically in the UK on Friday 6th October 2017.

Solo Recordings Volume 3

Steve Hill on Tour and New Solo Recordings Album

Steve’s reputation as an exciting performer has provided him with the opportunity to showcase his talents at some of Canada’s biggest music festivals including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Ottawa Bluesfest, Jazz Winnipeg Festival, Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, Kitchener Blues Festival and more. Steve Hill is clearly in his element as a solo artist and one-man band, inviting listeners into a world of musical madness in the form of blues and rock ‘n’ roll. Now we can experience the energy when he is Special Guest of Wishbone Ash UK tout throughout the U.K.

WISHBONE ASH – OCTOBER 2017 UK TOUR
WITH SPECIAL GUEST STEVE HILL

Wednesday 18th October 2017 – Dorking Halls, Dorking

Thursday 19th October 2017 – O2 Academy Islington, London

Friday 20th October 2017 – The Coliseum Theatre, Aberdare

Saturday 21st October 2017 – Cheese & Grain, Frome

Sunday 22nd October 2017 – The Arts Centre, Swindon

Tuesday 24th October 2017 – Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-By-Sea

Wednesday 25th October 2017 – The Brook, Southampton

Thursday 26th October 2017 – Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne

Friday 27th October 2017 – The Hub, Plymouth

Saturday 28th October 2017 – The Railway, Ipswich

Sunday 29th October 2017 – King Edward VII Memorial Hall, Newmarket

Tuesday 31st October 2017 – Princess Theatre, Hunstanton

Thursday 2nd November 2017 – Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, Wirral

Friday 3rd November 2017 – The Tivoli, Buckley

Saturday 4th November 2017 – Whitby Pavilion Theatre, Whitby

Sunday 5th November 2017 – The Lowry, Manchester

Tuesday 7th November 2017 – The Flowerpot, Derby

Wednesday 8th November 2017 – The Irish Centre, Leeds

Thursday 9th November 2017 – Bootleggers, Kendal

Friday 10th November 2017 – The Jam House, Edinburgh

Saturday 11th November 2017 – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

Sunday 12th November 2017 – The Ferry, Glasgow

Tuesday 14th November 2017 – Riverside Lodge, Morpeth

Wednesday 15th November 2017 – ARC, Stockton-on-Tees

Thursday 16th November 2017 – The Layton, Blackpool

Friday 17th November 2017 – The Picturedrome, Holmfirth

Saturday 18th November 2017 – ASHCON, Clitheroe

Steve Hill on Tour and New Solo Recordings Album

One Man Band re-invented Gwyn Ashton Solo Elektro

One Man Band re-invented Gwyn Ashton Solo Elektro

One Man Band re-invented Gwyn Ashton plays Solo Elektro

 

Think of one-man band. Kick away the stereotype vision. Replace with Solo Elektro, Gwyn Ashton replete with attitude, fuzz, distortion and psychedelic attack. The electric guitar twists up the foundation of the blues with rock and his special application of slide and raw energy that explodes out of the speakers to the left and right of you.

The eleven tracks taking you on a journey as we step aboard with a Metaphysical Journey that opens and closes the album. The song has hooks that capture the power of the Beatles, infused into Gwyn’s eclectic and very personal approach to the music he plays. The energy is raw and edged with a hint of danger and if we continue on the path it will be too late to turn around.  The guitar work is complex, full of licks, sonic distortions and the power of effects as the award-winning Australian squeezes every ounce of blues and rock juice out of the instrument. He begs the six strings to deliver just that little bit more.

There is nothing subtle about Gwyn’s approach it has a raucous appeal as metal grinds with an originality turning the blues almost black. The energy is ground out of the riffs, licks and rhythmic beats until nothing is left hanging in the air.  Recorded not in a traditional studio, nor capturing a live show; the inspiration came to Gwyn amidst a tour, so setting up a mobile studio, scattering the microphones around the room. The outcome is not orderly but a chaotic den of creativity captured in a Czech Republic hotel room.  The raw tapes were mixed by Mick Wordley at Mixmasters Studio in South Australia. He shaped the album so it is modern and at times brutal in its honesty. This is solo musicianship redefined. One-man band has gone electric-powered playing rock-blues with the sharp edge of metal. Grunge colliding with the back porch slide guitar as Dawn of Tomorrow demonstrates. The vocals are never lost the individual shades of the instruments are never blurred as the crisp in your face music is laid before you.

With a huge kick drum beat, sonic distortion and turbo charged vocals Shine Lover Shine has kerb appeal as does the whole album that never slows or loses energy.  Ballads and simple melodic riffs have also stepped aboard Gwyn Ashton’s latest album Solo Elektro. Closing out with a reprise of the opening track we have completed the journey through Gwyn’s inventive mind sweep of one man band music aboard an interesting psychedelic magic carpet ride.

The journey is full of complexities, sonics that challenges your ear deftly combined with Gwyn Ashton’s sharp musical wit and timing. One thing for sure this Marmite album from a one man band has a broad range of in your face rocking blues with complex sonic sounds that never makes the mistake of falling into the pit of self-indulgence.

 

Gwyn Ashton – Solo Elektro – FabTone Records

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Track Listing

  1. Metaphysical Journey
  2. Freedom
  3. She Won’t Tell Me
  4. Dawn of Tomorrow
  5. In Your Blood
  6. Please Allow Me
  7. Late Night
  8. I Guess That’s What They Call Love
  9. Kind To Be Cruel
  10. Shine Lover Shine
  11. Metaphysical Journey (reprise)

 

One Man Band re-invented Gwyn Ashton Solo Elektro