January was an exciting month for Steve Hill. On January 18, Steve attended the Maple Blues Awards in Toronto and won the same three awards as last year – ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR, ELECTRIC ACT OF THE YEAR, and GUITARIST OF THE YEAR. We spoke with Steve the day after receiving these awards to ask him about his accomplishments and his music career and here’s what he had to say:
Where do you get your inspiration for your songs and lyrics?
I base my songs around my life and what I see around me. I spend a lot of time touring, I’m on tour for about 150 shows a year; so I spend a lot of time away and on the highway crossing the country and that really influences me. A lot of what I write is personal – not always completely personal – but is based on something personal.
Just before Christmas we spoke with Canadian singer, songwriter, Frazey Ford and delved into her life as a musician to find out what music means to her, how it defines her, and where she gets her influence from.
Frazey Ford describes her music as something between Bob Dylan folk and Otis Redding soul. Growing up in a free-spirited home with lots of music and creativity, it’s no surprise that Frazey is as inventive and passionate as she is. “My mom sang all the time. She was always playing the accordion and piano and singing and my dad wrote a lot of poetry and did a lot of visual art. The record player or the stereo was always on with all kinds of music. I think if you have that backdrop around you, you’re liable to absorb some of it” says Frazey.
Two amazing Canadian shows will be joining the OnStage line-up in 2016. Frazey Ford will perform with her band on February 16, followed by the performance of Steve Hill and Paul Reddick on March 9. These two Canadian shows possess their own distinct sound and style that is sure to add new dimensions to the OnStage line-up.
Canadian singer-songwriter Frazey Ford made her solo debut with Obadiah in July 2010 after being a founding member of The Be Good Tanyas. After filmmaker Robert Gordon (who was working on a documentary on Memphis soul at the time) heard Ford’s Obadiah song, “If You Gonna Go,” he invited her to record at Royal Studios in Memphis. That journey sparked a collaboration that eventually became the album Indian Ocean which has since reached #6 in the Sunday Times UK’s top 100 albums of the year. You can feel the power and spirit of the Memphis soul and folk-blues in Ford’s latest album Indian Ocean, which incorporates the skills of at least 16 musicians, including Al Green’s band, The Hi Rhythm Section.
Experience your favourite musicians up close and personal, OnStage beginning with the multi-platinum recording artist Joan Osborne (What if God Was One of Us).