Steve Hunter Biography, Age, Wife and Songs

Steve Hunter full name Stephen John Hunter, is an American guitarist. He has been often called “The Deacon”. He was born on June 14, 1948 in Decatur Illinois.

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Steve Hunter Biography

Steve Hunter full name Stephen John Hunter, is an American guitarist. He has been often called “The Deacon”. He was born on June 14, 1948 in Decatur Illinois.

Steve Hunter

At age 19 he was drafted into the US army and deployed to Okinawa, Japan, 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.

Since the 70’s he has been quietly contributing his expertise, style and tone to other people’s albums, including Peter Gabriel, Dr John, Jack Bruce, Lou Reed, Tracy Chapman and Alice Cooper.

Starting with Mitch Ryder in 1971, when he did an arrangement of Lou Reed’s ‘Rock and Roll’ for Ryder’s ‘Detroit’ album, which caught the attention of Reed who promptly sought out both Ezrin (Producer of Detroit) and Hunter for his follow up to Transformer, ‘Berlin’. Hunter’s reputation grew through Rock but his heart has always been in Blues. He fondly remembers seeking advice from one of his idols, BB King.

He taught at The Musicians Institute in Hollywood for two years as a private tutor. He credits the late great LA guitar teacher Ted Greene with renewing his interest in playing after a low period in the 80’s, he took lessons with Ted for about four years.

Steve Hunter

Steve has contributed to seven Alice Cooper albums, starting in 1973 with Billion Dollar Babies up to 2010 when​ he featured heavily on the new ‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare’. He completed a World tour with Alice in 2011 but left at the end of that year to write and record his new solo album ‘The Manhattan Blues Project’

his was Steve’s fifth self produced solo album, it was released in April 2013 and featured guests….. Joe Satriani, Joe Perry, Johnny Depp, Marty Friedman, Michael Lee Firkins, Tony Levin, Phil Aaberg, Tommy Henriksen, 2Cellos and Jason Becker.

In 2014 a live DVD/CD (Tone Poems Live) was released with Tony Levin (bass) Phil Aaberg (keyboard) and Alvino Bennett (drums) for a project funded and produced by Brian Brinkerhoff.

After the sad loss of his old boss Lou Reed in late 2013, Steve was featured in a documentary about Lou for a BBC4 Documentary by Chris Rodley called ‘Lou Reed Remembered’.
In 2015 after gathering the required evidence, Steve’s wife Karen managed to get some long overdue performance royalties for Steve established with the UK based Society PPL for some classic solos that he had never been given credit for, including the opening solos on Aerosmith’s ‘Train Kept A Rollin’ and six ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ tracks.

Hunter also works on music for licensing out to TV and Film as well as Chillout projects with Karen under the name ‘Rue la Mer’. He is currently writing and recording for next solo album called ‘Before The Lights Go Out’.
Steve Hunter is legally blind with Pigmentary Glaucoma, he finds live work more difficult but not impossible as the disease progresses but he continues to do sessions, compose, and produce new music.
He has a reputation for being somewhat reclusive, but is loved by his friends for his humble nature, his dedication to his art and his playful wit. Steve has requested that all text on this website be as easy to read as possible for sight impaired visitors.

Steve Hunter Age

He was born on June 14, 1948.

Steve Hunter Wife

Steve Hunter lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife, Cornish singer and songwriter, Karen Ann Hunter.

Steve Hunter Songs

  • Poison
  • Millie and Billie
  • Only Women
  • 222 W 23rd
  • Eight Miles High
  • Sail on Sailor
  • Twilight in Harlem
  • How You Gonna See Me Now
  • Of All Times to Leave
  • The Brooklyn Shuffle
  • House of Fire
  • The Idler
  • Hard Rock Summer
  • Sea Sonata
  • Vengeance Is Mine
  • Rubber Man
  • Eldorado Street
  • Solsbury Hill
  • Swept Away
  • Daydream by the Hudson
  • Glide Path
  • Sunset in Central Park
  • Flames at the Dakota
  • A Night at the Waldorf
  • Freeway Rider
  • Night Stomp
  • Can’t Sleep, Clowns Will Eat Me
  • Prelude to the Blues
  • Road To Jakarta
  • Inmates
  • I’m the Coolest
  • Flying Hippo

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