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Lukather, Steve

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Born: October 21, 1957    Primary Instrument: Guitar

Versatile musician, guitarist, vocalist, composer, producer and arranger Steve Lukather was born in Los Angeles on October 21 in 1957. Before his father bought him a guitar (a simple Kay acoustic) and a copy of Meet the Beatles at the age of seven, Luke started to play drums and keyboards. “I love keyboards, I write all my songs on keyboards except for the real obvious 'burn' tunes. I find it much easier, you have all these great synth sounds and you play a C chord and it's sounds like God, and you start thinking melodies as opposed to chops.” (Lukather, 1986).

The guitar and the Beatles album changed the life of the young boy. “Just the sound of it overcame my whole soul, if you want to call it that. I knew that's what I wanted to do. I remember George Harrison played a solo in I saw her standing there and just the sound of the guitar bending and the reverb struck a nerve inside of me.” (Lukather, 1993)....
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Awards:

Grammy Awards: * 1982, Best R&B song: Steve Lukather, Jay Graydon, Bill Champlin (for George Benson) - Turn your love around. * 1982, Producer of the year: Toto - Toto IV. * 1982, Album of the year: Toto - Toto IV. * 1982, Record of the year: Toto - Rosanna. * 2001, Best pop instrumental album: Larry Carlton & Steve Lukather - No substitutions, live in Osaka. Musicians Hall of Fame: * 2009 - Toto induction Musicians Hall of Fame, Nashville, USA. Eddie Christiani Award: * 2010, Lifetime achievement guitar award, Holland. Guitar Player's Gallery of the Greats: * Guitar Player Magazine winning Best Studio Player 5 years in a row in the readers poll.
About the 2010 album All's Well That Ends Well:

- David Randall (GetReadyToRock.com): This is easily the best guitar album of its kind this year, or in recent years for that matter, and its strength lies in the songs and production as much as the guitar playing. An inspired triumph.

- Jason Sidwell (Total Guitar): The album is broad and Luke's playing always serves the songs, even when he's shredding in odd time signatures. In five words: AOR for intelligent guitar fans!

- SonicShocks.com: When in our position, you meet and talk to an army of disposable uninteresting monkeys, but occasionally you meet an artist, and that's when the line between the man and the musician fades and you end up learning more than a few guitar tricks and producers names.

After meeting Steve 'Luke' Lukather, his upcoming album 'All's Well That Ends Well' seems to have earned even more layers and texture to my ears, and I'm now looking forward to see him live, sure he'll wear his heart on his sleeve and share his soul with us through his timeless music.

Steve Lukather - Lukather, 1989 Steve Lukather - Candyman, 1994 Steve Lukather - Luke, 1996 Steve Lukather & Larry Carlton - No Substitutions, 2001 Steve Lukather - Santamental, 2003 Steve Lukather - Ever Changing Times, 2008 Steve Lukather - All's Well That Ends Well, 2010

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Guitars: MusicMan "Luke" electric guitar Ovation-Adamas 1597-4G acoustic guitar. Strings electric guitar: Ernie Ball RPS Super Slinky 2239. Amplifiers: the VHT classic power amp for the dry clean through the mid channel and the VHT stereo effects amp for the stereo effects through the left and right channels. Pre-amp: Custom Audio Electronics 3+ (CAE 3+, Bob Bradshaw) with three sound switches: clean, dirty and very dirty. CAE rack gear: guitar volume controller GVCA-2, dual stereo mini mixer, black cat vibe, super tremolo, two 4x4 audio controller, hush guitar silencer, Furman power conditioner. Effects: 2x Lexicon PCM-70 delays, T.C. G-Force for the left and right wet channels (mid channel dry clean amp sound), Jim Dunlop rackmount wahwah, Line6 mod pro studio modeller.

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