STEVE HUNTER – “The Deacon Speaks”

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(Deacon Records) 2024.
Blues / blues rock – USA

The veteran of many music “wars” are back with new solo album, called “The Deacon Speaks”. This more than well-experienced guitarist and musician is best known for his contributions to Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed and Alice Cooper. And that also was only a part of his career. This established studio performer  has also released with actual one 8 solo albums.


“The Deacon Speaks” with 10 tracks in, also contains 2 instrumentals, 5 original tracks and 5 covers. All things about the album is Mr. Hunter practically did it himself, and all the time listening to the prepared material, it becomes clear how all things  are placed in the right place here, with the addition of an unobtrusively very pleasant atmosphere and refined musicianship. His blues and blues rock is sometimes more direct and “wild”, occasionally more moderate, and often a very typical laid back atmosphere, colors the songs on the release. I would specially mention Mr. Hunter’s versions of opening track “Back Door Man” ( Willie Dixon ), and another cover “Sweet Jane”, penned by Lou Reed.



“The Deacon Speaks” is very harmonic and a musically refined album, which is worth listening to more than once. A great mix of original songs and covers in one place, a great atmosphere and a great production, also confirms that Steve Hunter understands the present time very well.