Guitarist Steve Booke from Lynbrook, New York is planning to release his first CD in 1998, consisting of dark, heavy, progressive instrumental guitar pieces. To that end, his advance cassette contained three songs from that upcoming CD. The first tune, "Last Breath," features many different aspects of Booke's playing, including airy, vaguely haunted slide, acoustic passages, and crisp, blazingly fast electric soloing. The other two cuts, "Dysfunction" and "Ground Zero" showcase the metal/shred side of Booke's style and feature brutal rhythm playing with bone-cutting tones and snarling guitar lines. Booke anticipates completing the recording of his CD within the next few months.
Steve was born in 1969 in Long Island, New York. Beginning on the guitar at age 16, Steve quickly increased his practice regimen to 6-8 hours a day. At that point, he had decided that music was what he wanted to do with his life. Later, Steve earned a Bachelors Degree in Professional Music with an emphasis on performance from the Berklee College of Music. He currently makes his living as a guitar instructor and session guitarist in the New York area, as well as serving as music director for Myriad Entertainment. Steve also plays in three different bands--a progressive/industrial band called Gateway, a blues/classic rock cover band and an acoustic blues duo. He currently endorses Samick/Valley Arts guitars, Dunlop, Mesa/Boogie amplification and Seymour Duncan pickups.
In addition to his upcoming CD, Booke's main goal remains to try to make a living at music for as long as he can and create music that is from his heart.
29 Olive Place
Lynbrook, NY 11563