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Alice Cooper Guitarist Steve Hunter Releases New Album

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Guitarist Steve Hunter is the stuff of legend. He’s worked with many artists since the 1970s, including Peter Gabriel, Aerosmith and David Lee Roth.

But he’s best known for his stints with Alice Cooper and  Lou Reed, both of whom he worked with extensively, playing on classic albums like ‘Billion Dollar Babies,’ ‘Berlin’ and ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal.’ Hunter recently released a new solo album, ‘The Manhattan Blues Project,’ which features an impressive guest list, including Joe Perry, Joe Satriani, bassist Tony Levin, and actor/musician/pirate Johnny Depp.

‘The Manhattan Blues Project’ finds Hunter returning to the music that inspired him as a young guitarist: the blues. “Most albums I hear in regards to New York generally [are] jazzy, which is cool, but I wanted to do something different,” Hunter explains in a press release. “I wanted to do something in a bluesy way, because I kind of saw the more soulful part of Manhattan.”

Among the album’s dozen songs are Hunter’s take on Gabriel’s ‘Solsbury Hill,’ a song that’s close to his heart, since he played on the original 1977 version. Marvin Gaye’s classic “What’s Going On” is the album’s only other cover.

The remaining tracks are Hunter originals, like ‘The Brooklyn Shuffle,’ which features two of the album’s biggest guests. “I have Johnny Depp and Joe Perry on a 12-bar blues,” Hunter exclaimed. “I was thrilled when that happened! I told them both, ‘Plug the guitars in and have a blast.’ And it sounds like to me they did.”

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