One-man band Steve Hill sticks out

Montreal guitarist, one-man band Steve Hill makes a stop at Lorenzo's Café in Ashton Creek, North Okanagan, on his Canadian tour.

  • Nov. 5, 2014 6:00 p.m.

Montreal guitarist Steve Hill is heading  west on his first one-man band Canadian tour. He makes a stop at Lorenzo’s Cafe in Ashton Creek Saturday.

The tour is in support of his new release, Solo Recordings Volume 2.

When it comes to one-man bands,  Hill has no limits.

Throughout his lengthy and intense shows, he performs standing up while singing and playing guitar, with his feet playing bass drum, snare drum, and hi-hats, and any other percussion within reach with a drum stick fused to the head of his trusty guitar.

With his roots in blues, rock and a little bit of country, Hill performs his original songs, blues classics and quite often raucous renditions of Jimi Hendrix tunes.

For the past 20 years, Hill has been touring and recording and has shared the stage with many of his heroes such as Ray Charles, BB King, ZZ Top, Jimmie Vaughan, Hubert Sumlin, Jeff Beck and many others. Over the course of eight albums he’s explored everything from hard-rock, country, and stoner rock to folk music, while always incorporating the essence of his first love, the blues.

Hill’s reputation as an exciting performer has provided him the opportunity to showcase his talents at some of Canada’s biggest music festivals, including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Mont Tremblant International Blues Festival, Thunder Bay Blues Festival, Kitchener Blues Festival and more.

Hill is clearly at home on the stage, inviting audiences to catch a glimpse of musical madness in the form of blues and rock ‘n’ roll.

“Montreal’s Steve Hill is hands-down the meanest guitar player in Canada,” said Richard Burnett, with The Montreal Gazette.

Hill takes the stage at Lorenzo’s, 901 Mabel Lake Rd., eight kilometres east of Enderby, Saturday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. Cover is $15 and reservations can be made by calling 250-838-6700.