Hi all, I’ve started working on Patreon Lessons focusing on my influences as a Pedal Steel Guitarist, Electric Guitarist and as a Slide/ Lap Steel player. I understand not everyone plays all these instruments so I’ve set a realistic Tier system so people don’t feel like they are missing out. Here are a couple of example videos below and if you like what you see, head to http://www.Patreon.com.CJHillman to subscribe. Full videos include a step by step description of the part.
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
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.
Here are some dates i’ll be playing for the rest of the year. Hope to see some people out there.
7th Nov – Lauren Housley (Blues Festival London)
15th Nov-Jo Rose( Gullivers – Manchester)
Billy Bragg Tour 23 Nov Union Chapel, London, UK 24 Nov Union Chapel, London, UK 27 Nov Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, UK 28 Nov Universal Hall, Forres, UK Dec 01 Queens Hall Edinburgh, UK Dec 02 Perth Concert Hall Perth, UK Dec 03 O2 ABC Glasgow, UK Dec 04 Great British Folk Festival, Skegness, UK
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.
Last week i had the chance to play with Lauren Housley at the Live Nation office in London. We set up the same as the radio station (see previous BBC Radio post) and played three tracks for the office workers. More exciting news from this in the future!! but, for now heres a little photo of the session… Also nice to take a small amp out for once, my cream Fender Pro Junior and Strymon Flint for a splash of Reverb.
Inbetween Billy Bragg shows, I managed to play a live session for BBC Radio London with my friend Lauren Housley. She has a great new album, deffinetly one to watch. Check out the session on the link bellow . Were on at 2hr 43mins..
I should have started a News Blog a while ago. I’ve been very fortunate to tour a lot of places over the last few years and i’ve never really attached it in any way to my website! So, on this day off in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. I thought i’d take a break from look out at sea and make a start.
The last couple of months have been busy. Lately i’ve been doing Solo shows with Billy Bragg, hitting up the UK festivals and theatre shows. Before that i was touring with Joel Raffael and his guitarist Terry Ware, playing U.K. shows and a great gig in Paris. With both of these artists (and the Jason Serious Band) I ended up playing 6 shows at Maverick festival, Suffolk, again! That was such a great festival and if your into Americana/Country music… make sure you go next year. In between tours I was asked to play Guitar for Nugent and Belle for two Robert Plant supports and lately working with my friend Lauren Housley, playing shows and Radio sessions…
(with Joel Raffael, June 2015)
(Nugent & Belle, July 2015)
(Kendal Calling, Billy Bragg, August 2015)
As for the immediate future, I’ll be finishing of shows with Billy Bragg and then into the studio to record a some Steel guitar tracks, amongst other things for other projects. Follow me here or, on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook to see updates.