Guitar legend Steve Hunter, best known for his work with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, David Lee Roth, Jack Bruce and AEROSMITH, has released a new CD, “The Manhattan Blues Project”, featuring an all-star guest lineup. 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, Steve 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”.
“This album has been inside me trying to get out for a long time, I wanted to show the other side of New York, the soulful side plus it also says a lot of what I have always wanted to say on guitar,” says Hunter.
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.
“I am honored to play alongside legendary guitarist Steve Hunter on his stunning new album,” says Satriani.
On “The Manhattan Blues Project”, Steve goes 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”.
“Steve really knows how to play a guitar,” says Dennis Dunaway. “His silky delivery and smooth golden tones make you feel like you’ve just leaned back into your living room sofa after a rocky trip. His notes have a direct connection to your heart. He stirs the feelings that we all long for from a guitar. And like all masters, he makes perfection seem so easy.”