steve hunter
 "I don't play for other guitar players, I play for women" steve hunter 

Steve Hunter was born in Decatur Ilinois in 1948, at age 19 he was drafted into the army and deployed to Okinawa where he worked as an x-ray tech in the air vac hospital. Having learned to play the lap steel from eight years old he had moved on to guitar and continued to play as much as he could whilst in the army.

Once back at home he began to forge a reputation as a gifted player and since the 70's he has been contributing his expertise, style and tone to other people’s albums. Starting with Mitch Ryder in 1971 and moving on to record and or tour with Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Alice Cooper, Julian Lennon, Bette Midler and Tracy Chapman to name a few.

He has had a longstanding working relationship and friendship with legendary record producer Bob Ezrin since those early albums, which continues today. From unforgettable tracks such as ‘Solsbury Hill (Peter Gabriel), the opening solos on ‘Train Kept A Rollin’ (Aerosmith) and ‘Intro to Sweet Jane’ (Lou Reed). Steve also composed the 'Intro'. 

He has dedicated his life to music despite dealing with the degenerative eye disease Pigmentary Glaucoma which has now made him legally blind.

Steve taught at The Musicians Institute in Hollywood for two years and enjoys doing guitar clinics where he is articulate and funny with recollections of his career along with easy to understand nuggets about how and why he plays like he does and what it is like to be a professional musician.

Steve has recorded five solo albums: ‘Swept Away’ ‘The Deacon’ ‘Short Stories’  Hymns For Guitar’ and 'The Manhattan Blues Project'. The latter three can be purchased on most major online stores including iTunes and

In 2011, he featured heavily on the new Alice Cooper album ‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare’, a successor to ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’ released in 1975 and completed a world tour with Alice in 2011. At the beginning of 2013 he was featured on a bonus track for The 2Cellos new album 'In2ition', playing the melody of Sting song 'Every Breath You Take'. 

Steve is married to British singer songwriter Karen Ann Hunter, he produced a CD for Karen in 2011 called 'Empty Spaces'. 

He released his fifth solo album to critical acclaim ('The Manhattan Blues Project') in April 2013. A Bluesy look at New York City with guests Joe Satriani, Joe Perry, Johnny Depp, Marty Friedman, Michael Lee Firkins, Tony Levin, Phil Aaberg, Tommy Henriksen and 2Cellos.

Most recently Steve was filmed for a DVD with friends Tony Levin (bass) Phil Aaberg (keyboard) and Alvino Bennett (drums), Project funded and Produced by Brian Brinkerhoff. 
DVD and CD now available on Amazon, 
iTunes and plus he is continuing to record on other artist's album sessions so watch this site for news.

Steve and Karen live in Phoenix, Arizona.

You can contact Steve Hunter here
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SESSIONS: If you would like to hire Steve for your project, contact Karen HERE

Steve worked alongside fellow guitarist Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper, Lou Reed) from 1973 to 1978. 
"The really strange thing about the two of us was that we had similar backgrounds and influences, and yet we always thought opposite of each other. For example, I would play in one position, and Dick would just automatically go to another position without us having to talk about it. That made it really easy to work together. With other guitar players, I’d always have to work those things out. But I never had to do that with Wagner". steve hunter 2014

Where have you heard Steve Hunter?

'Solsbury Hill' (Peter Gabriel ~ 'Peter Gabriel' 1977)

'Intro' To Sweet Jane opening solo (Lou Reed ~ Rock And Roll Animal 1974)

'Train Kept A Rollin' uncredited opening solos (Aerosmith ~ Get Your Wings 1974)

'Generation Landslide' solo (Alice Cooper Group ~ Billion Dollar Babies 1973)

Welcome To My Nightmare (Alice Cooper 1975)

'Every Breath You Take'
 (2Cellos ~ In2ition 2013) 

'I Am Made Of You' solo (Alice Cooper ~ Welcome 2 My Nightmare 2011

'Slowburn' solo (unfortunately this solo was mistakenly given an incorrect credit on the album)  (Peter Gabriel ~ 'Peter Gabriel' 1977)

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The Manhattan Blues Project

This is Steve's fifth solo album and is a culmination of his love of the Blues and New York City mixed with his love of melody and "Tone Poems".

After recording and touring with Alice Cooper in 2011, he decided to get off the road to write and record. 

He thought it would be cool to have some guest players join him and was overjoyed and humbled at the willingness of those he asked to contribute to this project.


Many of the guests he had not worked with before and most had a very different style of playing to himself.

There are two cover tunes but this album is mainly new material written, played and produced by Steve. 

He was very happy to also include a short composition by his friend Jason Becker, called 'Daydream By The Hudson'.

Guest players on The Manhattan Blues Project:
  Joe Satriani  ~  Tony Levin  ~  Johnny  Depp ~  Joe Perry ~  Marty Friedman  ~  Michael Lee Firkins     Phil Aaberg ~ 2Cellos ~ Tommy Henriksen

On this album you will hear Steve go back to his blues roots in his own unique way.
You will hear string arrangements, vocal arrangements, a burst of guitar shredding by the best in the world and echoes of The Beatles.
The two cover tunes include Steve's instrumental version of Peter Gabriel's 'Solsbury Hill', a song he had played the guitars on for the original album version in 1977. The second cover is from one of his favorite artists Marvin Gaye, 'What's Going On'. 

The Manhattan Blues Project is a rich, uplifting musical experience with lashings of soul, passion and outstanding performances from everybody involved.


Track Titles

1. Prelude To The Blues
2. 222 W 23rd - featuring Michael Lee Firkins and Tommy Henriksen
3. Gramercy Park - featuring The Karen Hunter Singers From Cloud 9
4. A Night At The Waldorf - featuring Phil Aaberg
5. Solsbury Hill - featuring Tony Levin
6. Daydream By The Hudson - composed by Jason Becker
7. Flames At The Dakota 
8. The Brooklyn Shuffle - featuring 2nd solo Johnny Depp, 3rd solo Joe Perry
9. What's Going On
10. Ground Zero
11. Twilight In Harlem - featuring 1st solo Joe Satriani, 2nd solo Marty Friedman
12. Sunset In Central Park - featuring Tony Levin and 2Cellos



The Guests on 'The Manhattan Blues Project'

There are a couple of awesome shredders in Joe Satriani and Marty Friedman, who gave it their all in a spectacular way.

The 2Cellos, (Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser), two young music prodigies from Croatia added sensitivity beyond their years. Steve recently played on a bonus track of their new album ‘In2ition’.

There is Hollywood icon and musician Johnny Depp, who was asked by Steve to have fun and that is exactly what he did.  

Tony Levin
 is a giant in the world of Bass Players, being an integral part of Peter Gabriel's touring band. 

Michael Lee Firkins is a master of Slide Guitar, Phil Aaberg is a Grammy nominated piano player and Tommy Henriksen is a rising star producer, songwriter and a current guitar player with Alice Cooper's touring band.

Then there is rock icon Joe Perry, who, as a young player in a band called Aerosmith back in the early 70’s, was in the studio recording an album called ‘Get Your Wings’, when they were joined by seasoned session player Steve Hunter. Steve was brought in to play all the 'first half' guitar solos on a track called ‘Train Kept A Rollin’. He ran through the track, found the chord changes then went through it again to test out what he might play.

Starting directly after the opening 'train sound' and ending when the track moved into the mock 'live' section.
At the end of that second run through the producer said, “That’s it, thanks Steve”.

‘Train Kept A Rollin’ has gone down in music history as having one of the most exciting opening solos of all time. 
Aerosmith continue to maintain their top position in rock music to this day. Steve has watched Joe Perry grow as an artist and holds him in the highest esteem as a person and a player.  What an unexpected treat that they are now to be heard together on this project.

The music on this album is Blues based but in a very unique way, there is a blend of genres but it is all glued together by the touch, tone and outstanding talent of Mr Steve Hunter. 

Joe Satriani                                     

Tony Levin

Johnny Depp               

Joe Perry


Marty Friedman

Michael Lee Firkins          

Phil Aaberg

Tommy Henriksen   

Jason Becker:   


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