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Posted: September 22, 2014
Not only did Hunter play on five Alice Cooper albums, but he also performed on Peter Gabriel’s debut solo album that included the classic “Solsbury Hill” and was featured on two of Lou Reed’s live albums (Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal and Lou Reed Live).
As one of the top session artists in the game, Hunter has also worked with David Lee Roth, Dr. John, Julian Lennon, Glenn Campbell and several other luminaries.
Last but certainly not least, Hunter, a.k.a. the Deacon, also boasts several solo albums, including 2013’s The Manhattan Blues Project, which featured cameos from Johnny Depp, Joe Perry, Joe Satriani and Marty Friedman.
Hunter’s latest initiative Tone Poems Live is a live CD/DVD that was recorded in the studio in Los Angeles. Interestingly enough, Hunter wasn’t even sure he wanted to move forward with Tone Poems Live.
“It wasn’t really my idea,” he explained. “One of the guys that had contacted us when I was doing the Kickstarter for The Manhattan Blues Project came to us later with the idea of doing a live video. When we first started talking about it, I wasn’t crazy about the idea. But it evolved into something where we could record it live, kind of like Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue.”
Hunter recruited a veteran list of musicians to help with the sessions in bassist Tony Levin, pianist Phil Aaberg and drummer Alvino Bennett.
“I’ve worked with these guys before, and they’re all brilliant artists,” said Hunter. “That made things move quickly once we rehearsed for a couple of days.”
Tone Poems Live was actually filmed in a single day, as the collective ran through each song twice, with the best version landing on the compilation.
“That’s the way they used to be done,” Hunter said. “I remember reading about groups like the Animals recording their entire album in a day for like $35. That’s the way things were done back then. As much fun as technology is to play with, sometimes it’s good just to get guys in the room and record it. It’s a different ballgame.”
For the session, Hunter used a trio of Gretsch Custom Shop CVTs built by longtime Gretsch Master Builder Stephen Stern.
“He’s a true master,” Hunter said of Stern. “They are absolutely superb guitars. His craftsmanship is a real art; it’s almost scary. You can inspect those guitars with a magnifying glass, and they’re perfect – all three of them.”
The trio of Custom Shop guitars have mahogany bodies and necks and rosewood fingerboards. One boasts a Black finish, one is in Lake Placid Blue and the other is in Sea Foam Green. Hunter said he is still making adjustments to some of the pickups, however, and he even asked Stern to put a Kahler tremolo on the Sea Foam Green CVT.
“I know there are Gretsch players out there who get all annoyed when you change something on a guitar, like you’ve committed the ultimate sin, but I’ve always personalized my guitars,” Hunter said with a laugh. “Brian Setzer did that, so have many others, whether it’s the pickups or knobs or whatever. That’s kind of what I did with the three that Steve made me. I’m still experimenting with pickups, but the ultimate piece of wood that Steve put together is just beyond words.”
Click here to preview or purchase Hunter’s latest offering, and check out a promo video below.
Posted: September 20, 2014
And of course, frontman Patrick Stump rocked his Gretsch Signature “Stump-O-Matic” Electromatic CVT in a striking white finish with gray stripes.
Check out Fall Out Boy’s appearance below.
Posted: September 18, 2014
The film has gained steam through an impressive Kickstarter campaign that fully backed the endeavor.
For those that don’t know why their fervent fan base has followed We Are Augustines throughout the years, RISE offers unprecedented access to the group and features their passion and incredible live experience.
“Augustines evoke an incredible sense of providence in their story, and in their music,” wrote director Todd Howe, who was the former guitarist for the Boxer Rebellion. “Like the others interviewed for this film, I immediately was drawn to the band’s passion and artistry. So many people over the past few years have come together, giving selflessly to the band for one reason. Their music needed to be heard. I feel incredibly lucky to be in the unique position to make this film. Along with producer, and Big Vulture co-founder, Josh Kincaid, it is our intention that RISE transcends both music and band to stand on it’s own as a truly compelling film.
“This is an independent film. It is neither commissioned nor funded by the band. However, we have the blessing of all involved in the Augustines camp to document their story, with unrestricted access.”
Check out the trailer below.
Posted: September 17, 2014
Check out Calico the Band in action below.
Posted: September 15, 2014
Premier Guitar recently caught up with the guys in Fall Out Boy during a tour stop just outside of Nashville, and frontman Patrick Stump walked them through all his gear, including his signature Stump-O-Matic guitar.
“When I had this designed, I really was going for something that was a Swiss Army knife,” Stump said. ”I wanted something that could accomplish everything. I have a big collection of vintage guitars, and it’s really fun to play around with them, but on stage, on a tour, I want something that is consistent and easy.”
Learn more about what Stump plays live in the video below.
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