Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

November 16, 2012

Local duo to open for Dean Dillon Saturday

Tim Preston
The Independent

CANNONSBURG — Steve and Carla Hunter have been making music together for many years and Saturday evening will again take the stage to welcome their longtime friend Dean Dillon.

“We started playing together 40 years ago in Florida,” Hunter said. “She said, “I learned to play a song on your guitar,” and when I got home that day she played ‘Heart of Gold’ for me. Within three months we started our duet act.”

Hunter said he and his wife had a set of “coffee house” songs and enjoyed touring for shows “from Colorado to Florida to Michigan to New York ... all around. We had a ball.”

These days, the Hunters only play on occasion, such as times when they have the opportunity to share a stage with friend and writing partner Dean Dillon.

“We claim each other as brothers,” he said, noting Dillon and wife, Susie, have often spent the night at their home in Boyd County. “We met in the early ’80s and stayed in touch ... camped and fished and worked a few shows together.”

The Hunters are scheduled to begin shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday at Callihan”s American Pub & Grill, followed by Nashville-based singer/songwriter Keith Murray and Dillon.

Dillon, who will be accompanied by guitarist Chris Kitchen and bassist Bob Shortridge, is perhaps best known for his songwriting, with early successes including George Jones” 1983 hit “Tennessee Whiskey.” Dillon has written several singles for George Strait, including “The Chair,” “Nobody in His Right Mind Would”ve Left Her,” “It Ain”t Cool to Be Crazy About You,” “Ocean Front Property,” “Famous Last Words of a Fool,” “I”ve Come to Expect It From You,” “If I Know Me,” “Easy Come, Easy Go,” “Lead On,” “The Best Day,” “She Let Herself Go” and “Living for the Night,” which Strait and his son, Bubba, co-wrote with Dillon.