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"Finger-Picking Good: Alexandria’s Steve Hung can’t sing, but his guitar can"

By Greg Wyshynski
January 17, 2007
http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/article.asp?article=76186&cat=115

Know your audience. That’s the mantra for Steve Hung, a guitar instrumentalist who lives in Alexandria, when he approaches a gig.
“At the beginning of the set, I might try a quiet, pretty folk finger-picking song. Then I might pick a blues song. I'll see how the audience reacts, and go in that direction,” he said.
It’s a mindset that allows him to tailor each of his live shows to a certain venue. For example, don’t expect to hear a carbon copy set list at his gig in St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub on Jan. 19 and his set at Austin Grill on Jan. 27.
Mainly because he doesn’t have a set list. “I just have a big list of songs I know.”
Hung first started playing guitar at 15 years old, growing up in the mid-1990s in Houston, Texas. “It's a typical story: I liked to listen to alternative music in high school, and there's plenty of heavy guitar rock in those songs. So I just wanted to take guitar to play my favorite Pearl Jam and Nirvana songs.”
He fell for the electric guitar, and played it on into college at the University of Texas in Austin. Eventually, as he bounced from band to band, he decided to go solo; since the electric axe demands a backing band, he decided to go acoustic.
“I'm an instrumentalist because I can't sing very well. I tried to do the singer/songwriter thing but I couldn't sing very well. To make up for my lack of singing, I tried to learn more intricate guitar parts.”

HUNG IS BILLED as a “Texas Fingerpicker,” a style of folk guitar work that he developed while plying his trade at open mic nights in Austin. Primarily, he used to star at The Cactus Café, a popular acoustic venue that also happened to be at the Texas student center.
Graduating in Dec. 2005, Hung began playing in coffee shops and other venues and began seeing results. "I knew my music had an effect on people, so when I moved up here I wanted to do my best in getting more people to hear it,” he said.
As his career evolves, so do his musical tastes. “I listen to stuff that motivates me to listen to music. It's a little bit of everything.”
That means exploring jazz and blues music to find new inspirations for his own work. Lately, that exploration has included hip-hop, which a friend turned him onto. "Hip-hop has sort of become the future of popular music. I think pop culture is revolving around hip-hop now,” said Hung.
Finally — someone to bridge the gap between Stevie Ray Vaughan and Ludacris. - Alexandria Gazette


"No Need for a Pick: Steve Hung Is Good With His Hands"

http://www.dcathome.com/Detail.aspx?dct=54&id=2846&mid=1718

By: Brian Campbell

His guitar playing is other-worldly, and his abilities are off the charts. Steve Hung is someone you should pay attention to if you like excellent guitar playing. I am enthralled by the fact that Steve doesn’t let something as trivial as vocals get in the way of his ultimate talent – playing textual, layered guitars. As he plays, it literally sounds like there is more then one guitar player playing, but it is only Steve, with his own two hands. It is really something you need to hear from yourself. It is also worth noting that Steve uses only his fingers and plucks the strings; he doesn’t opt to use a normal pick.

Ever stroll through the park and hear some really talented freeform guitarist just jamming away hoping for tips? Well, that really talented guy is probably Steve Hung, granted you live in the Washington, DC area, and Steve is playing for tips in a park. I’m not sure if he does, but it could be a good and quick way to make some quick cash. Regardless, Hung’s Giddy Up will work to free your mind of conventional guitar riffs and let you explore more deeply how guitar composition could be. While his Christmas Noel Silent Night is a well-played solo guitar version of the classic seasonal tune, his Rude Mood track will bring you back down to earth with its definite grassroots guitar approach. JBlues is the only offering he has that explores more than a simple guitar aesthetic; it contains light drum work with snares and hi-hats, and also some slight bass riffing.

His sound is universal I think, as it can be easily enjoyed by many different styles of fan and genres. It is very good, but still level headed and down to earth, and it is something to enjoy. He can play folk, blues, jazz, the works. You know, the more and more I listen to Hung, I can’t help but wonder what his voice sounds like. But, I guess that is neither here nor there and we need to take it for what it’s worth.

Steve’s playing is something to be both seen and heard, and you can feel free to do that over at his MySpace page. You can check out four tracks there, and there is even a video of Steve playing. Again, you should take some time to view what he can do with six strings and five fingers. - www.DCAtHome.com


"Guitar Grad Student digs Steve's Music"

“I dig your tunes. Nice mix of styles, techniques, with a real authentic flavor.” - James Fidlon, UT Guitar Grad Student


"Steve On T.V."

“It was really great having you here and really great guitar playing. You're a young gentleman but a music mature artist.” - Tamim Islam, Arlington Independent Media Channel 69


"Fellow Musician Comments on Steve's Music"

“Stephen has a lot of creative potential and he is a very enthusiastic musician.” - Anuj Timblo, Musician & Manager, Pieces of East. Two-time Austin Music Awards


Discography

Geetar (expected late July 2008)

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Steve Hung is the latest addition to the Washington D.C. music scene with his recent transition from Austin, TX, dubbed "The Live Music Capital of the World," to Washington D.C., the nation's capital. A native Texan, Steve grew up in Houston, TX picking up the guitar at age 15. By age 18, Steve moved to Austin, TX, where he fine-tuned his compositional skills and guitar licks while playing open mic at The Cactus Cafe, a nationally acclaimed acoustic venue. Steve quickly gained a reputation as "a killer guitar player" and "a Cactus favorite."

Like other Texas musicians such as Los Lonely Boys and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steve loves to fuse blues riffs and licks into his guitar playing. However, Steve has a broad musical vocabulary including a diverse spectrum of styles. Steve's unique approach to acoustic guitar utilizes classical/folk fingerstyle techniques, while being heavily rooted in the blues, and sprinkled with some rock and jazz inflections. The result is a repertoire of compositions ranging from soulful and soothing to gritty, groovy, and rocking.

Steve’s debut album, Geetar (late July 2008) showcases the Texas musical influences he grew up with. These 12 instrumental tracks feature everything from gritty groovy blues, wailing harmonica shuffles, ornamented folk finger-playing, to screeching slide guitars. The guitarwork is skillfully crafted and layered enough to please technical guitar enthusiasts, while at the same time maintaining a universal accessible sound which can be appreciated by anyone.