1975 (age 42)
Trois-Rivières, Mauricie, Quebec, Canada
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.
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’’. On his second tour across Canada and Europe he shared the stage with Ray Charles, B.B. King, Jimmie Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Johnny Lang and many more. He won Electric act of the year at Toronto’s Maple Blues Awards and was nominated for a Juno award.
In 2001, he produced, played and co-wrote on Nanette Workman’s ‘’Blues and Roots’’ album. He completed a promotional tour for the album before joining Louisiana cajun legend Zachary Richard for yet another Canadian Tour.
The next year, Hill released his third album ‘’Domino’’ announcing a departure from his earlier work. ‘’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 Montreal’s rock icon 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’’.The guitar virtuoso had now become a powerful and stunning singer.On top of that, his music had evolved into a hard rocking wall of sound, powered by Gibson guitars(played without a pick)through a Marshall stack cranked to 11.
Devil at my Heels is definitely high-energy.Powered by relentless riffs,big hooks and more than a few wailing solos,it’s the sound of three guys playing their asses off. -The Montreal Gazette
During the tour that followed, Hill appeared alongside such artists as ZZ Top, The Tragically Hip Jeff Beck and Santana. He then collaborated with Quebecois best-selling male artist Eric Lapointe on his ‘’Ma peau’’ album and tour.
In 2009 came The Damage Done,with his band,The Majestiks,Rock Laroche on bass,Sam Harrisson on drums and Johnny Flash on guitar.Recorded live in the studio in 5 days,it showcases Steve’s killer playing,heart-felt vocals and a band as tight as you can get.
His new album "Whiplash Love" is expected to be released on May 31st 2011
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