Personalities | Michael Hill | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues

(Guitar, vocals, b. 1952)

Michael Hill’s Blues Mob earned an international cult following with a gritty, aggressive, expansive style well-tailored to Hill’s lyrics, which often focus on urban social issues. Born in the south Bronx into a family with roots in North Carolina and Georgia, Hill began playing blues after hearing Jimi Hendrix and Cream. He worked in cover bands and as a sideman before he started making original music in 1987. In 1993 he formed Blues Mob and recorded Bloodlines, the first of five strong albums that fuse his rock-fuelled instincts with pop, African and Caribbean flourishes.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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