What I Do

I’ve been performing as a singer, piano player and guitarist for 50 years. When this pandemic slows down I will do it some more. It’s what I do, and I love it. In the meantime, I’m showing students everything I know via Zoom lessons, making new music in my home studio, and doing overdubs and mixing for others. 

In normal times I play shows and record with my band, as a solo act, and with my songwritingaward-winning wife, Whit Hill. Some other stuff I've done: 

2018-2020 - Toured with country-rock royalty Carlene Carter. 

2017 - Winner of “Best Solo Act" & "Best Solo Guitarist" at the Blues Foundation's International Blues Competition in Memphis. 

2002-2018 - Music Director for multiple Grammy nominee Bettye Lavette. 

2005 - Voted “Outstanding Blues Artist” at Detroit’s Motor City Music Awards. 

2000-2003 - Band leader for Detroit blues legend Johnnie Bassett, also touring with Detroit’s Queen of the Blues, Alberta Adams. 

2000 - With my band the Love Butlers, won the “Best Unsigned Band” competition held at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago. 

1998 - Released my debut recording “Willie Mae”.

Interested in a lesson?

I’ve been a professional musician, touring nationally and internationally all my life. But there is another side to what I do. For over 30 years I’ve been teaching piano and guitar to hundreds of students, ages 5 to adult. Recently I’ve transitioned my students to Zoom and Skype lessons and it’s working well. My touring is on hold but the upside is I’m now able to add students to my schedule. 

I’m probably best known as blues/jazz/roots-rock guy but I enjoy teaching all styles (pop, TV/film music, video game themes) and can turn anything into a lesson. I’m patient with beginners, and have found I can help anyone improve on their instrument. I sometimes use lessons books, but often create personalized lessons for each student using a combination of notation, transcriptions, video and playing by ear. Students can also access my youtube video lessons. 

For references click here or the Lessons tab above.

Interested? Let’s chat. Email at al@alhillblues.com. 

 

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Date Event Location
Al Hill Trio Vanh Dy's, Columbia, TN 38401 Vanh Dy's, Columbia, TN 38401
 —  — Al Hill Trio Vanh Dy's, Columbia, TN 38401 Vanh Dy's, Columbia, TN 38401
 —  — Blues News Papa Turney's BBQ, Hermitage Papa Turney's BBQ, Hermitage
with Carlene Carter Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum, ID Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum, ID
with Carlene Carter CSI Fine Arts Auditorium, Twin Falls, ID CSI Fine Arts Auditorium, Twin Falls, ID
with Carlene Carter Colonial Theater, Idaho Falls, ID Colonial Theater, Idaho Falls, ID
with Carlene Carter The Meyer-McLean Performing Arts Theater, Ontario, OR The Meyer-McLean Performing Arts Theater, Ontario, OR
with Carlene Carter Port Angeles Performing Arts Center, Port Angeles, WA Port Angeles Performing Arts Center, Port Angeles, WA
with Carlene Carter Kent-Meridian High School Performing Arts Center, Kent, WA Kent-Meridian High School Performing Arts Center, Kent, WA
with Carlene Carter The Ross Ragland Theatre, Klamath Falls, OR The Ross Ragland Theatre, Klamath Falls, OR
with Carlene.Carter Longwood Gardens - Exhibition Hall, Kennett Square, PA Longwood Gardens - Exhibition Hall, Kennett Square, PA
with Carlene Carter The Guthrie Theatre, Grove City, PA The Guthrie Theatre, Grove City, PA
 —  — Trio Show Vanh Dy's, Columbia, TN 38401 Vanh Dy's, Columbia, TN 38401
 —  — Solo Show Vanh Dy's, Columbia, TN 38401 Vanh Dy's, Columbia, TN 38401
Whit & Al Hill Old Town Tavern, Ann Arbor, MI Old Town Tavern, Ann Arbor, MI
w/Dana Robbins Vanh Dy's, Columbia, TN 38401 Vanh Dy's, Columbia, TN 38401
Al Hill Trio w/Jack Bruno & Dave Francis Vanh Dy's, Columbia, TN 38401 Vanh Dy's, Columbia, TN 38401
w/Carlene Carter Private Event, Helsinki, Finland Private Event, Helsinki, Finland
w/Carlene Carter Private Event , Helsinki, Finland Private Event , Helsinki, Finland
w/Jan Cronin Douglas Corner, Nashville Douglas Corner, Nashville

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