Hells Pleasures
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Hells Pleasures

Band Rock Blues


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'Zendrenaline' - single
'Tundra' - solo acoustic single
'Manhattan's Jam' - single, streamed on JVond's internet radio podcast out of Boulder.



Born January 13th, 1984, Steve Mignano was exposed to a wide palette of music from an early age through his upbringing, but was first moved to learn guitar by the hard rock and metal bands of his youth, and within a few years of getting his first guitar at age 12, he was writing music and playing in bands with friends.

The strong foundation of classical music in his family encouraged him to study guitar with a scholar's discipline, and in high school he practiced long hours and began tracing the roots of his favorite music, and through this process he discovered new horizons of influence.

The lineage of modern rock and heavy metal led him to classic rock, which in turn led him to a profound love and respect for the blues, stretching all the way back to the Delta legends like Son House, Honeyboy Edwards, Bukka White, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Leadbelly. To peak his interest, his father gave him a collection of vintage blues vinyls to mill through, among them East West by Paul Butterfield Blues Band, solo material by Michael Bloomfield, an anthology of Duane Allman's contributions to the southern R&B circuit, and a compilation by the late Roy Buchanan – some of Steve's all-time favorite records to this day.

After high school, Steve attended the Guitar Institute of Technology in Los Angeles, and under the tutelage of world-class guitarists like Scott Henderson and Keith Wyatt, he began to synthesize his rock and blues leanings with jazz, fusion, and world music.

Friends and musical connections he made in L.A. led him to subsequently travel throughout Europe, guitar in hand, and when he returned Stateside he began frequenting Toledo jam sessions. Prominent musicians in the area such as Jeff Williams, Calloway Ritch, and Ian Soper began to take notice of Steve's unique phrasing and approach, which can go from primitive to arcane; abstract and simplistic to blistering and complex, all within a few measures, and by giving him a generous shove into the spotlight, Steve soon found himself a candidate for the coveted role of Johnny Reed's sideman after Soper's departure from the Houserockers.

For three years Steve toured the Midwest and Canada with Toledo blues legends Johnny Reed and the Houserockers, opening for national blues acts such as Larry McCray, Lady Sunshine and the Detroit Women Of The Blues, before relocating to the Mile High City to piece together a veritable supergroup in support of his original material: enter Hells Pleasures!