Instruments: All kind of guitars
Biography: Born in 1951 Stephen Housden is well known as guitarist with Little River Band for more than two decades and has also played and/or recorded with such music legends as Warren Zevon, Glenn Frey (The Eagles), Dr. John, Christopher Cross, John Entwhistle (The Who), Renee Geyer, P.F Sloan, Albert Lee, Steve Cropper, The Seekers, Noel Redding (The Jimi Hendrix Experience) and many others.
Born in U.K Stephen´s family immigrated to Australia in 1959. He started learning guitar at age ten and was inspired by Hank B. Marvin (The Shadows) and Chuck Berry. Later Hendrix and Jazz great Wes Montgomery became influences and Stephen worked hard on his technique while also striving to develop his own distinctive style. That style made Stephen highly sought after as a band member and session player. He has featured on Albums, jingles and soundtracks, including international blockbuster Crocodile Dundee. In August 1981 Stephen was asked to join one of the world’s most successful acts Little River Band as their lead guitarist. Since then he has toured the world many times with them and co-written many of their songs including their Top 5 hit Love Is A Bridge.
Over the years Stephen has conducted music theory and improvisation seminars for guitarists and written columns for music magazines. He has also toured schools with his highly successful one-man show The Evolution of Rock Guitar. In 2006 Stephen hosted Top Of The Fret, a DVD series now being released around the World. In 1999 Stephen and his family moved to Cork, Ireland. Stephen now enjoys the opportunity to play with some of Europe’s top musicians including JazzXChange.
Albums: Solo: New World Groove (The opening track Celtic Warrior has been featured on the TV series Baywatch). As a member of the Little River Band he is featured on Greatest Hits (1982), The Net (1983), Playing To Win (1984), No Reins (1986), Too Late To Load (1986), Monsoon (1988), Get Lucky (1990), Live Classics- The Greatest Hits Live (1992), 20th Anniversary Collection (1994), Greatest Hits- Millennium Edition (2000), Where We Started From (2000), One Night In Mississippi (2002), Test Of Time (2003), Re-Arranged (2006) and We Call It Christmas (2007). With Paddy Keenan Stephen recorded The Long Grazing Acre (2003). Stephen is currently recording a new solo album West of Everywhere. The songs are all original collaborations with writer / poet Frank Howson. The album is inspired by times spent in America and records the ruminations of the outsider adrift in that vast country.
Favorite albums: Extensions Of A Man (Donny Hathaway), Heavy Weather (Weather Report), Movin' Wes (Wes Montgomery) but why pick one when I love them all? Same goes for Beatles. Vaughan Williams -Fantasia On A Theme by Thomas Tallis (Acadamy of St Martins-in-the-Fields. Neville Mariner). Thrust (Herbie Hancock). Paradise And Lunch (Ry Cooder).