I’m honnord to be awarded the AMA U.K. “Multi Instrumentalist Of The Year” 2019 ! I was awarded this in 2017 too and appreciate everyone voting for me for a second time.
Playing Pedal Steel Guitar with Robert Vincent on the “Old Grey Whistle Test (For One Night Only)” on BBC4, hosted by Bob Harris.
As a side note i realised i’m the last person to play Pedal Steel Guitar on the show! Enjoy!
“UK Instrumentalist of the Year” 2017 – CJ Hillman
Voted for by fellow musicians and AMA members, its an honour to receive the AMA UK 2017 instrumentalist of the year award! Thank you to all that voted -CJ
Due to domain name problems! my website has been down for a couple of week but, now its back.
Since my last Post i’ve been to California to work with Joe Purdy on his latest album, back to the UK to work with Billy Bragg, Emily Barker’s Band (consisting of The Dreaming Spires & Ethan Johns) at the AMAUK Awards show. And recently a small tour with Lauren Housley that ends later this week!
I will throw back to some of this stuff here but, I also want to share a little recording i made with my old Akai reel to reel player. I’m trying to get some ideas for a Steel Guitar album, any comments welcome!
So the other day I flew out to Los Angeles to work with my good friend Joe Purdy on a new record. It’s a very exciting project and I’ll be sure to post more about it as we progress.
Right now, I’ll just leave you with this picture…
Happy New Year!
I have been a bit absent on here over the past few month due to keeping busy (which any musician can be thankful for). I’ve been fortunate enough to play two brilliant shows at London’s Union Chapel with Billy Bragg and then head to Scotland for an amazing pre-xmas tour… I will re-cap on this in a later post.
I have also started a new Blog for my Photography. Over the last few months i’ve been getting back into film Photography to cut down on the amount of pictures I take and to get some better shots.
you can check them out right here: https://the35mmlife.wordpress.com
Stay tuned as I also have some great news coming soon…
Yesterday I thought I should practice some of my Steel Guitar instrumental arrangements … Here’s The Smiths “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want ” . More to come…
so I thought I’d share a video with you. I’m working on some Pedal Steel Guitar instrumentals and this is a quick video of one of them… the Beatles – Blackbird
i know I haven’t posted anything in a few weeks but it’s been mainly because of the run up and tour with Lauren and the band. Tonight is the last night of the tour in Sheffield. It’s been great fun and I’ve been using the Sho~Bud on this tour. Maybe if anyone’s around tonight I’ll see you there!
Woke up this morning and made the long drive back from Brighton to Manchester. The reason why was to play the last show of the summer with Billy Bragg at the Together The People festival.
We had a great show with a great audience. It’s always a pleasure to play a gig like that and a nice end to a great summer of shows. It was also great to catch up with Billy and hear about the shows he’s been playing with Joe Henry in Denmark and to talk about the next run of shows starting at the Union Chapel, London and heading up to Scottland for a short tour.
I also took the opertunity to head to London on the way down to pick a peice of Pedal Steel Guitar history… Let’s just say Sneeky Pete would be proud.
Stay tuned to hear more about this and shows. Don’t forget to check my out Instagram, Facebook and Twitter too!
Today I’ve been working on a little mod for my Strymon Lex. An amazing guitar pedal and perfect for the Pedal Steel Guitar! I wanted to make a switch to change the speed of the rotary effect and after a few tries and burnt fingers, got it right!
A big thanks to Pedal Steel master Jon Graboff for helping me out with this one. I noticed he had made one in an interview back in 2011. He kindly gave me a lot of advice on this project.
Here’s a raw example of what it does. Feel free to comment or message me about it.