Tracie Hunter knows more than simply what it's like to be the offspring of a classic rocker. As daughter of legendary Mott the Hoople founder and frontman Ian Hunter, Tracie not only grew up on the majesty of the power chord and a killer backbeat she's also explored her own rock and roll chops, working with the likes of Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Bad Company. Hunter's latest album Vasilisa (out now) owes more to her dad that just the iconic shades and vocal rasp. Witness "Junkman" with Hunter and Def Leppard singer (and Hoople worshiper) Joe Elliott recreating the magic on the original '79 duet with Ian Hunter and Genya Ravan. With some able assistance from Def Lep guitarist Phil Collen, Quireboy Keith Weir on piano and even papa Ian on backing vocals, Hunter and Elliott get both the big power hooks and detailed intricacies of the song right. Another interesting cover is "Have You Ever Fallen In Love", a Top 15 hit 1978 from Pete Shelley and The Buzzcocks, reconstructed as a rough and ragged folk/rock hymn. More sentimental stroll than swaggering strut, Vasilisa evokes a nostalgic nod to the rock past when acoustics could ring from the Marshall stacks, melodies soared to the heavens and nary a punch was pulled.
Tracie Hunter featuring Joe Elliott, Phil Collen & Ian Hunter - “Junkman” (from Vasilisa)
Tracie Hunter - "Ever Fallen In Love" (from Vasilisa)