Al Hill is a Nashville-based singer, piano/organ player, guitarist and writer. Winner of First Place awards for Best Solo Act and Best Solo Guitarist at the 2017 Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge, his music blends blues, jazz, rock and country, or what he calls "roots-rock-rhythm & jazz".
Since 2018 Al has been playing keyboards,, guitars, harmonica, mandolin and singing with country royalty Carlene Carter.
From 2002 until 2018 Al was music director for three-time Grammy nominee Bettye LaVette, performing throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, Japan and Australia. Bettye and Al appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and Austin City Limits.
Al's most recent release is "Big Valley Girl", a collaboration with his long-time pal and partner Brophy Dale. The disc dips into the R&B sounds they made while tearing up the Michigan scene in the '80s, and is dedicated to a good friend they recently lost.
Al’s debut recording “Willie Mae” blended roots-rock and soul and was voted “Best CD” at the Motor Cities Blues Awards in 1999. Al and his band won the “Best Unsigned Band” competition, held at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago in 2000, and Al was voted “Outstanding Blues Artist” at the Motor City Music Awards in 2005. In 2008 Al was inspired to move south, and now calls Nashville home.
Al often performs with his wife, singer-songwriter and author Whit Hill, releasing four records and placing songs in TV and film.
Other artists Al has worked with include Carlene Carter, Charles "Wigg" Walker, Johnny Johnson, Detroit blues luminaries Johnnie Bassett, Alberta Adams and Sir Mack Rice, Delbert McClinton, T. Graham Brown, Wanda Jackson, Mike Farris, Lazy Lester, Marva Wright, Kermit Ruffins and Sleepy LaBeef.