Steve Hunter was born in Decatur Illinois 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 ‘first half’ solo on ‘Train Kept A Rollin’ (Aerosmith) and ‘Intro to Sweet Jane’ (Lou Reed). Steve has dedicated his life to music despite dealing with the degenerative eye disease Pigmentary Glaucoma, which has now made him legally blind.
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 2Cellos new album 'In2ition', playing the melody of Sting song 'Every Breath You Take'.
Steve has recorded six solo albums: ‘Swept Away’ ‘The Deacon’ ‘Short Stories’ ‘Hymns For Guitar’ ‘The Manhattan Blues Project’ and most recently the CD soundtrack to his first ever solo live DVD ‘Tone Poems Live’. This is a film of Steve playing live in a studio with Tony Levin (bass) Phil Aaberg (keyboard) and Alvino Bennett (drums). There is a selection of Steve’s own material covering some of his solo albums plus a few covers, including the SRV tune ‘Riviera Paradise’ and a never released new composition. With no overdubs this will be a treat for those who like their music real and a rare chance to watch Steve play with some of the worlds finest musicians.