Steve explains the inspiration behind 'The Manhattan Blues Project'.
Main Photo By Mark Maryanovich
SEPTEMBER 1st 2016
Steve talks about the recording of 'Steven' on Alice Cooper's 1975 album 'Welcome To My Nightmare' in his September article in Guitar Player Magazine which is now online.....
READ IT HERE
JULY 17th 2016
I need to say once again how utterly incredible the Peter Gabriel Sting concert was at the Hollywood Bowl. It was without doubt the best show I have ever seen in ALL ways. Great sound and lights, incredible musicians all those wonderful songs and of course the performances by Peter and Sting were the very best. It's so awesome to hear really good singers sing a really good song without feeling the need to go off on some ridiculous vocal gymnastics tangent or scream bloody murder. It was absolutely fabulous. And seeing my old boss Peter again after many years was wonderful. And hangin with my pal Tony Levin...and even saying a quick Howdy to Mr Sting. God Bless!...steve
Karen and I, after much deliberation and discussion, have decided to move ourselves to the south of Spain.
In preparation for the big move, which we hope will happen at the end of the year, I am selling a BUNCH o’ gear, including guitars, amps and pedals, to lighten our load.
I now have a gear shop on Reverb.com
Important for you to know...I will KEEP PLAYING AND MAKING MUSIC! That will not change unless something unforeseen happens. I will just be making music from the Mediterranean! steve Below is a link to the Reverb Store
The October Issue of Guitar Player Magazine is on it's way to the shelves! Steve's monthly article is about the recording of the
'Some Folks' solos on 'Welcome To My Nightmare'.
JUNE 1st 2017
Update on the recording of the new album.
Find Out More HERE
FEBRUARY 26th 2017
Billboard Give Steve A Shout Out On The 40th Anniversary Of Solsbury Hill:
"Part of the reason the song's unusual time signature works is because it's all in the guitars -- that gorgeous spider web of an acoustic riff (played by Lou Reed and Alice Cooper guitarist Steve Hunter) circling the song's perimeter and providing its pristine, immediately recognizable framework"
"No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar" Abraham Lincoln
NOVEMBER 17th 2016
Steve is very happy to announce that he will be playing on a song called 'Hold On' on the 2017 Jason Becker Album.
You can still support Jason's Indiegogo HERE
SEPTEMBER 20th 2016
A Lou Reed Remastered Box Set is due to be released on October 7th 2016. It includes two albums that Steve Hunter played on: 'Berlin' and 'Rock 'n' Roll Animal'
AUGUST 24th 2016
Guitar Player Magazine publish a piece about Steve and Karen's version of Jefferson Airplane's 'Today' .
READ IT HERE
OCTOBER 10th 2016: A Very Profound Day:
A couple of weeks ago I received a private message via my FB fan page from a guy named Richard. He told me he had a friend named Tony who was dying of inoperable liver cancer. He had asked Tony that if he could speak to any one of his guitar heroes, who would that be. Tony said Steve Hunter. So Richard asked me in the message if I would be willing to call and speak with Tony. I said, of course just pick a good time for Tony. That wasn’t easy. He was having lots of problems including kidney failure.
I didn’t hear from Richard for a few more days and then today (Monday) we got a call from Tony’s sister Juanita asking if we could speak with Tony today. Of course. I called Tony and we had a short but very special conversation. He told me how much he loved my version of Eight Miles High off my first solo album. And he also mentioned seeing me play with Davey Johnstone on Alice Cooper’s Mad House Rock tour. It wasn’t long though before he got so weak it made talking difficult. The call was a little over 5 minutes.
Tony passed away a little over 5 hours later. That all had a profound effect on me. It seemed as if every single note I had ever played on guitar was meant for that phone call. I suddenly realized that he had given me a most profound and beautiful gift. He knew he was dying but gave me 5 minutes of what life he had left. Our conversation was all about music but it was beautiful and spiritual like nothing I had experienced before. I knew nothing at all about Tony but for 5 minutes we had connected through music...complete strangers. I will never forget that call...another part of the gift from Tony. In the name of God Tony, please rest in peace, and thank you, man…steve
JUNE 22nd 2017
DECEMBER 8th 2016
You can now get yourself a pre release download of Steve's next solo album due out late Summer 2017 as well as other reward items.
This CD could well be Steve's last (self recorded) solo album. He is going blind with Pigmentary Glaucoma, which means he will not be able to use the complex music program he currently uses to record. He will have to retire from making his own music but will still be able to play guitar and do sessions.
There is a new update on the recording of Steve's next album.
You can be part of this project by supporting it HERE
SEPTEMBER 24th 2016
In celebration of Lou Reed's remastered box set, MOJO MAGAZINE include a free CD of Lou songs that include 'How Do You Think It Feels' and 'White Light/White Heat'.
NOVEMBER 11th 2016
Most of you guys know I served in the US Army from 1968 to 1970 during the Viet Nam War. I served as an x-ray tech in the US Army hospital on Okinawa. Most of our patients were, of course, wounded from that war. One day I was sitting at a table across from the chow line in the hospital cafeteria about to have my lunch. In the chow line were about 15 or so ambulatory patients who had come down from the wards to have their lunch. Some were on crutches...some were missing an arm...and some of the others looked like they were doing pretty well, all things considered, with no obvious signs of trauma. Suddenly, one of the kitchen staff dropped a tray, which made a pretty loud bang. Almost all of those patients hit the floor...some screamed. When they realized where they were, they helped each other back onto their feet and went back to the business of getting their lunch. I saw the face of one of the guys right after he got back to his feet. All color had gone from his face and the look of sheer terror in his eyes for that fleeting moment, I will never forget. He was probably 20 years old, as was I at the time. I realized, for these guys and all the others who were in combat during that horrible war, they would never be the same. And neither would I for that matter. I heard not long ago, someone say that our Vets with PTSD were “weak” or “they couldn’t take it”. Obviously, that person has never been anywhere near a combat zone or been in a war. Maybe putting this person in a set of desert camo fatigues, handing him a fully loaded AR15 and dropping him in the deserts of Iraq or Afghanistan, let’s see how long before that look of terror hits his eyes.
NONE of our Veterans are weak. They are, every single one, heroes who know the real and personal meaning of courage. To that 20 year old in the chow line and to all our Vets from all wars, men and women, YOU are the meaning of courage, bravery and sacrifice and we all owe you gratitude beyond words.
Please hug a Vet today and thank him or her for their sacrifice...steve.
AUGUST 17th 2016
OCTOBER 26th 2016
STEVE HUNTER VIDEO INTERVIEW!
You can now watch Steve Hunter talk about his music, his life and his career. We would like to thank 'Down The Highway' for giving us all the chance to have this ringside seat to Steve's extraordinary story! At the end Steve and Ian Harrower play some Blues, it's informal, intimate and inspiring.
With special thanks to Joe Carducci and Gretsch Guitars
FEBRUARY 1st 2017
Steve has done his second video album update!
You can check out the campaign HERE
JUNE 30th 2017
New update on the recording of Steve's next album.
Find Out More HERE
MAY 17th 2017
DECEMBER 4th 2016
Steve was reunited with a few old friends on a session in LA at the Henson Studios. The project was with Brett Tuggle (guitar/vocal), Rick Springfield (guitar/vocal), Gregg Bissonette (drums) and Bob Glaub (bass). It was for Bretts new solo album and it was filmed by an awesome film/video production team called Fiery Lakes http://www.thefierylakes.com. Steve and Brett first met on the Mitch Ryder recordings in 1970 but the last time they worked together was on the David Lee Roth album 'A Little Ain't Enough' 1991) Check out Brett's discography. http://www.bretttuggle.com/credits/
photo credits Christina Belle