Special Thanks To ……
Joe Satriani (First solo on Mojo Man), Erik Scott (Bass on Mojo Man) and Andy Stoller (Bass on Bodhi Tree)
Karen Hunter (Vocal on Bodhi Tree and Happy Trails)
Portrait Photographer - Mark Maryanovich / Other Photographs - Karen Hunter
Gretsch Guitars - Joe Carducci / Godin Guitars - Bob Borbonus / Mario Biferali
EMG Pickups - Rob Turner / MJ @ Seymour Duncan Custom Shop
Michael Molenda - Guitar Player Magazine / Publicity - Glass Onyon PR
Heart Valve Audio c/o Dr Vijay Swarup and Technician Sorin Nicula
Mastered using LANDR / Artwork Design By Karen Hunter
Joe Satriani appears courtesy of Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Erik Scott appears courtesy of Hened Music.
Happy Trails * Composed by Dale Evans - Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Photograph By Mark Maryanovich 2017
Before The Lights Go Out
The Deacon Of Rock Bites Back!
“Before The Lights Go Out” is long time Alice Cooper/Lou Reed Guitarist Steve Hunter's latest solo album. The cover art and title make a statement about his failing eyesight, but don't make the mistake of thinking this is a quiet wave goodbye. As soon as you put on the first track, you will know that this is more like a Blues Rock Declaration of Independence! There are sexy grooves, luscious guitar tones and melodies galore.
As with all Hunter's releases, there is some diversity and sound imagery, not least of which is Tienes Mi Corazón where alongside his nylon string improvisation comes the sound of his own heart. And listen out for Joe Satriani adding his fire to the heat of “Mojo Man.”
Also joining Steve on a couple of tracks are two great Bass players: Erik Scott can be heard on “Mojo Man,” Erik is also an Alice Cooper alumni. On “Under The Bodhi Tree” is Andy Stoller. Steve and Andy toured together with Tracy Chapman during the “Telling Stories” album period, most recently Andy has been touring with Ann Wilson of Heart.
Steve Hunter is his own man; he has been around the block with a forty-five year career.
From his 1973 solos on Alice Cooper's “Billion Dollar Babies” album, his legendary acoustic work on Peter Gabriel's “Solsbury Hill,” his “Intro” to Lou Reed's “Sweet Jane” and his searing opening solos on Aerosmith's version of “Train Kept A Rolling” Most recently he can be heard on Alice Cooper's 2017 album “Paranormal” making this his ninth Cooper album appearance. The Deacon is not done yet but his life is evolving! He has challenges playing live now but his honed skill, tone, power and soul, is dished up on this hot plate of guitar driven instrumental tastiness.
Main Photo By Mark Maryanovich
1. On The Edge Of Uncertainty
2. Mojo Man
3. Summer's Eve
5. Softtail Deuce
6. Tienes Mi Corazón (You Have My Heart)
7. Ice Storm
8. Under The Bodhi Tree
9. The Other Side Of The Coin
10. Happy Trails (vocal Karen Hunter)