Matt Hill (musician)

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Matt Hill
Matt Hill.jpg
April 2015
Background information
Born (1985-06-17) June 17, 1985 (age 33)
Rocky Mount, North Carolina, United States
Genres Electric blues, rock and roll
Occupation(s) Singer, guitarist, songwriter
Instruments Electric guitar, bass guitar, lap steel guitar, vocals
Years active 2000s–present

Matt Hill (born June 17, 1985)[citation needed] is an American electric blues singer, guitarist and songwriter. To date, Hill has released two albums, and he has also gained a reputation for his energetic live performances.

Hill won a Blues Music Award in May 2011, in the category of 'Best New Artist Debut' for his first album, On the Floor.[1][2]

Life and musical career

Hill was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, United States.[citation needed] Originally inspired by his uncle's listening choice of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Hill had learned to play the guitar by his mid-teens.[3] He met the drummer Chuck Cotton at a local blues gig, and impressed by the fact that Cotton had played alongside Bob Margolin, they jointly started a band, which ended up competing at the 2005 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.[3]

After playing in another couple of bands, Hill joined Margolin on tour, which saw Hill meet fellow blues musicians including Carey Bell, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins and Nappy Brown. Along with his playing experience, Hill slowly nurtured a raucous on-stage presence, partly inspired by Howlin' Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis and Nappy Brown. Hill commented "I've been obsessed with Jerry Lee since I was a kid, and when I saw Nappy Brown crawlin' around, taking his clothes off, well I thought, this is for me!"[3]

Matt Hill's 2010 debut album was entitled On the Floor, partly attributable to his stage antics.[4] The collection, produced by Margolin and Dave Gross, contained eleven Hill originals amongst the 14 tracks. AllMusic noted that "Why the F*ck (Do You Think I Cuss)," written by Margolin, had "Hill's screaming vocals and a thick twang-heavy bass solo make it the album's stand-out track".[4] In May 2011, it garnered Hill the 'Best New Artist Debut' gong at the Blues Music Awards. Hill was later nominated in two categories at the Blues Blast Awards in Chicago, Illinois.[5]

In 2011, he married the singer Nikki Hill, and they relocated to St. Louis, Missouri.[6] His follow-up album, Tappin' That Thang, was issued on May 29, 2012.[5] Months after the release of Tappin' That Thang, Hill began playing alongside his wife and singer Nikki Hill.

In October 2014, Matt Hill and the Deep Fryed Two's last performance was at the Daytona Blues Festival.[7] In October and November that same year, Hill toured Western Europe with his wife.

Discography

Year Title Record label Accreditation
2010 On the Floor Deep Fryed Records / Vizztone Records Matt Hill
2012 Tappin' That Thang Deep Fryed Records / Vizztone Records Matt Hill and the Deep Fryed Two

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See also

References

  1. ^ "Blues Music Awards 2011 - A Delta Bohemian Perspective". Delta Bohemian. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  2. ^ Green, Jordan. "The YES! Weekly Blog: Greensboro native Matt Hill wins Blues Music Award". Yesweeklyblog.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Matt Hill". Vizztone label group. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  4. ^ a b "On the Floor - Matt Hill - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Matt Hill". ReverbNation. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Nikki Hill molds herself in own image". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  7. ^ "Matt Hill & the Deep Fryed Two". Daytonabluesfestival.com. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Matt Hill - Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 November 2014.

External links

  • Matt Hill and the Deep Fryed Two in concert in 2012 @ YouTube.com
  • Margolin and Hill playing "Hoochie Coochie Man"
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