STEVE HUNTER - Alice Cooper Great Goes Quiet!
by Martin Popoff
In the hard rock world, STEVE HUNTER is known for his work on the ALICE COOPER albums Welcome To My Nightmare, Goes To Hell, The Alice Cooper Show and Welcome 2 My Nightmare, not to mention ripping along with buddy DICK WAGNER on 'Train Kept A-Rollin" from AEROSMITH'S Get Your Wings. But Hunter has been a sought-after axeman by the likes of LOU REED and PETER GABRIEL as well, blessed with a sweet sound that wells up from the blues and other '60s influences.
The quiet and peaceful essence of why he's asked for him time and again can be heard on his new The Manhattan Blues Project album, available AUTOGRAPHED from his official site, stevehunter.com.
"Either that, or I can't make up my mind," laughs Hunter, asked why this sort of solo record, when his others go so many wildly different places. "I'll tell you how these things happen. You don't necessarily plan them. They just kind of come out of the woodwork and you go with it. I had written 'Sunset In Central Park' before I actually toured with Alice in 2011, and the version that I had written, I liked, but it needed some work. I kept thinking about it the whole time I was on tour, and I'd also worked out an arrangement of 'What's Going On', and I had those two songs in the works. When I finished the tour with Alice I thought, I really should look at these songs. And I started thinking about this, how I felt about New York City. I mean, I spent a lot of my career over the last 35, 40 years, in and out of New York City. And yeah, when you first go there, you know that place is just a really high energy intensive city. I mean, I think everybody in the world knows that, even if they haven't been there. But after being there so many times. I started seeing other parts of New York that I thought were really kind and caring and kind of cool, and softer and more bluesy and more soulful. And the album just sort of evolved out of that. Then I started thinking, well yeah, that's what I ought to do. I know it's an old school way of thinking about an album, but it developed into a concept album. And the more I thought about it, the more I worked on it, the more excited I got, and more and more the songs started coming out of me. I would think about a certain part of New York and the song would come out. So I really enjoyed it; it's one of those things where it's kind of sad to me when it's done. I was having such a great time doing it."
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