REALLY looking forward to rocking the Edinburgh Jazz Festival! This is the fatherland for Matt Hill. He’s pumped. See you soon, SCOTLAND!!
“Why oh why haven’t we presented Nikki Hill before? She’s a charismatic powerhouse who blends all the flavors of American roots music, from country blues , gospel and rockabilly to hard rock. Her gritty and raw voice with Stax soul dynamics ranges from smooth and dreamy to floor-buckling intensity. A great band to close the Festival at Spiegeltent”
See http://www.edinburghjazzfestival.com/ for tickets and details!
From the Juneau Empire
“Hill and her band had audience members of all ages abandoning their seats in droves within the first five minutes; once the dance floor was full, they spilled over into the aisles and along the edges of the concession tables, happily encouraged by Hill from the stage.
Hill, whose petite frame belies a powerful voice, moved easily between a tough, bluesy growl and a sweet, soulful soprano during two sets that featured classic covers such as Little Richard’s “The Girl Can’t Help It” and original songs from her debut album “Here’s Nikki Hill,” released in April 2013.
Originally from North Carolina, the 29-year-old rising star began singing in gospel choirs in church as a kid, adding more styles to her repertoire — roots rock, rockabilly, R&B and even punk — while living in Chapel Hill. Though billed as a blues band, this range and versatility was clearly apparent in Hill’s performance Friday. Band members include her husband, Matt Hill, on guitar, Ed Strohsahl on bass and Joe Meyer on drums. All three provided backing vocals, keeping pace with the high energy level set by Hill, who danced around the stage whenever she wasn’t singing.
The Nikki Hill Band also played at Saturday’s Blues Cruise, which was sold out as of press time.”
Photo by Jim Jacob at Byron Bay Bluesfest