So you really liked Solo Recordings: Volume 1. You were really looking forward to Volume 2. You heard it was going to be released in the fall of 2013. And then…that didn’t happen. And you’re rightfully disappointed. Steve Hill feels for you. Really, he does.
That’s why he released a 4 song stop gap EP last month, aptly titled Solo Recordings: Volume 1½. The full Volume 2 disc is slated for release in early March of 2014, and 9 songs are already completed. Hill’s 168 shows in support of Volume 1 are now behind him, and he is taking the next couple of months to finalize Volume 2.
Steve Hill has taken his one man band experience a couple of steps farther this time out. If you’ve seen him live (and you really need to so you can appreciate just how insane the talent is), you know he has added a snare drum and a harmonica to the mix to complement the bass drum, hi-hat, beer can coin shaker taped to his boot, singing, and of course, lest we forget, guitar playing. The result is a fuller sound. If you closed your eyes, you could be excused for thinking a band was on stage playing.
Steve Hill has chosen one cover and three original songs for Volume1½. He opens with a cover of ‘Money’ and puts his own twist on to the John Lee Hooker version that he listened to repeatedly when recording Volume 1. He describes it as a “boogie chillin'” version. Hard to disagree. It starts off with a slow, swampy sound, and then drives forward with bass and snare drum
accentuating the guitar work. The fuller sound Hill was aiming for