For Al Hill, winning Best Solo/Duo Award represents long-overdue recognition for the hard-working musician. The Michigan native racked up numerous blues awards in his home state before moving to Nashville in 2008. Nominated for the IBC by the Nashville Blues Society, Hill probably is best known for his role as music director for soul legend Bettye LaVette. Hill, whose gritty, soulful sound impressed the judges, was double IBC winner as he also was chosen Best Solo Guitarist in the Best Instrumentalists category. – The Blues Foundation
“I’m overwhelmed with gratitude, honored to have shared the stage with so many talented and deserving players and singers.
Big thanks to The Blues Foundation, The Nashville Blues Society, and supporters of good blues!”