Saturday 29th April 2017
Hip Route are a 3 piece roots band from Wiltshire UK and part of The UK Roots Movement.
Jim Blair: Weissenborn, acoustic and electric guitars and vocals
Jon Millard: Bass and vocals
Steve Lodge: Drums, percussion and vocals
‘Hip Route have a universal sound that appeals to all lovers of real music’ – Blues Matters Magazine
‘Sicker than Seasick Steve’ – Independent
Using the old working ethic of playing live as much as possible, Hip Route make full use of Weissenborn, lap slide, acoustic and electric guitars, drums and bass to create a bigger sound than you’d think….
The band have recorded and independently released 3 albums so far which are available in CD format at gigs and also digitally at online outlets –
Working On Hope – 2007
Sing It Out – 2010
Hands Together – 2013
Recording and mixing is well underway on a 4th album for release in 2017, and this will be preceded by a new single ‘Shout Out’, featuring vocals from Reef’s Gary Stringer.
So far Hip Route have shared a stage with Jason Mraz, Ben Howard, Newton Faulkner, The Hoosiers, Alabama 3, Them Is Me (ex-Reef and Basemant Jaxx), StringerBessant, Ben Ottewell (Gomez),Toploader, James Morrison, Watermelon Slim, Martin Harley Band and Rurrari Joseph among others.
‘ The word cool is often bandied about carelessly these days and doesn’t sound that, well, cool anymore but if there was ever a band that could put the cool back into cool then it would be have to be Hip Route. These guys are effortlessly cool, hip and funky- the moment Jim Blair strikes up the old slide guitar , the heads turn, the feet tap and then the rest of the band storm headfirst into groove.’ – Cleverhead Promotions, Bristol