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Matt Hill was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, United States.[citation needed] Originally inspired by his uncle’s listening choice of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Hill had learned to play the guitar by his mid-teens. He met the drummer Chuck Cotton at a local blues gig, and impressed by the fact that Cotton had played alongside Bob Margolin, they jointly started a band, which ended up competing at the 2005 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.

Matt Hill’s 2010 debut album was entitled On the Floor, partly attributable to his stage antics. The collection, produced by Margolin and Dave Gross, contained eleven Hill originals amongst the 14 tracks. AllMusic noted that “Why the F*ck (Do You Think I Cuss),” written by Margolin, had “Hill’s screaming vocals and a thick twang-heavy bass solo make it the album’s stand-out track”. In May 2011, it garnered Hill the ‘Best New Artist Debut’ gong at the Blues Music Awards. Hill was later nominated in two categories at the Blues Blast Awards in Chicago, Illinois.

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