Producing volumes of critically acclaimed recordings, the New York-based songwriter’s output represents milestones in contemporary guitar-driven, forward music spanning nearly fifteen years.
Mining the catalogs of Basho, Bull, Chapman, and Sharrock, among other titans of stringed-things and record-session royalty, Steve has steadily processed these inspirations into a singular, virtuosic stream. Friendships and collaborations with Kurt Vile, John Truscinski, Jack Rose, Tom Carter, Meg Baird, Mike Cooper, Michael Chapman colored the disciplined evolution of the discursive, deconstructed blues sound, at once transcendent and methodical, that is now Gunn’s signature. Close listening reveals the influence of Delta and Piedmont country blues, ecstatic free jazz, and psych, as well as Gnawa and Carnatic music, on the continually unfolding compositions.
Gunn’s vicious schedule of international performances has cultivated a fervent fanbase for his music throughout the world. These days you can find him playing with his band as well as sometimes serving as guitarist in fellow Philadelphia-bred troubadour Kurt Vile’s band the Violators.