Matt Hill

Matt Hill

 Greensboro, North Carolina, USA

2011 BMA Nominee and one of the most talked about and electric performers on the blues circuit today. Onstage he is uninhibited driving audiences wild with his “whatever it takes” boundless stage antics. His voice, guitar playing, and his magnetic energy surely will take him straight to the top.


Matt Hill lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, but he was born a little east of there, in the land of pigmeat and tall tobacco. He didn't like music as a child, because his parents listened to Michael Bolton and Beach Music. (The Shag/Lindy Hop wasn't his scene, even though it came from Jimmy Reed.) Mostly the young Mr. Hill was more into adventure movies than music, more Indiana Jones than Illinois Jacquette.

At the age of about 8 or 9, Matt's Uncle Pat turned him onto Creedence Clearwater Revival. Ironically Matt wound up looking like he could have been Jon Fogerty's bastard child. He began turning to the oldies station and started listening to Blues, 50's Rock 'n' Roll, Otis Redding and Stax, while his parents were listening to Soft Rock.

Matt started playing guitar when he was 12, and thanks again to Uncle Pat, picked up some Creedence, Dick Dale, and early Surf Music. "Walk Don't Run" was his first song. Matt soon started digging deeper into Blues and Rock 'n' Roll, beginning to mix it all together into his own thing. While his high school buddies were listening to Korn and Limp Bizkit, Matt started going to blues jams, where he met drummer Chuck Cotton. He knew Chuck had played with (Muddy Waters Band alumnus) Bob Margolin, and he'd been wanting to see him for a while. Matt started a blues band with Chuck, and they won the local competition that would send them to the 2005 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. And competing in Memphis would have been a great experience, if it hadn't been for the food poisoning...

Back in Greensboro, Matt started playing with a couple different bands, playing with local blues icon Max Drake and the Buzzkillz, and sitting in with Bob Margolin. Soon Matt was joining Bob Margolin on tour, playing with the likes of Blues heroes Carey Bell, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins, and Nappy Brown. He was also touring with Gina Sicilia, and playing locally with kindred spirit Matt Walsh.

Somewhere along the line, Matt developed a totally uninhibited, ferociously raving stage presence that harkens back to the heydays of Howlin' Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis and Nappy Brown. Matt explains, "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! There's a million guitar players can whup my ass, a shitload of singers that can outsing me... there's so many people doing this you gotta do something different so they'll remember you. Crawlin' around, jumpin' around like a madman... you're gonna freak some people out, scare some people off, but they'll remember you!!! You gotta piss off somebody to do something right!! I mean, you gotta do something to get them interested... people nowadays would rather be watching Bret Michaels date 15 strippers all night, so you gotta do something different."


On The Floor 2010 (Vizztone / Deep Fryed)