James Hunter Six At The Dakota

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James Hunter was born October 2, 1962 into a working class family in Colchester, Essex. “It wasn’t quite like growing up with the blues in Alabama, but in my part of England, anywhere south of Watford would be considered Alabama.” Among James’ earliest musical influences were his grandmother’s collection of ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll and R&B records, and his older brother Perry, “the one responsible for me learning how to play a G chord.”

In the early ‘90s, Van Morrison caught James’s gig in Wales and hired him as a backup singer for several years of touring and recording. James sang on Morrison’s A Night in San Francisco (1994), and Days Like This (1995). But by 2003, Hunter was 41 and without a record deal or a gig. His dreams of a career in music were fading. “I was forced to do laboring jobs through an agency. It was terrible. I discovered that busking was better.” A chance encounter with an American vacationing in London led to a record deal, and 2006 saw the release of his US debut, People Gonna Talk. With its affectionate echoes of Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson, it became an airplay staple. LA Times praised his “extraordi­nary soul voice”; Rolling Stone called it “a treat not to miss.” It made the Top Ten Best Albums of 2006 on Mojo, USA Today and WFUV listeners’ poll, and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Tradi­tional Blues Album; James was nominated as Best New Artist at the Americana Music Awards.

His next album, The Hard Way, earned even more accolades. Rolling Stone called it “unbelievably awesome” and the New York Times praised Hunter’s “tight, slithery groove” and “sweet growl.” Featuring a guest appearance by avowed fan Allen Toussaint, like its predecessor it reached #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart. Hunter has toured extensively, both as headliner and in support of Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Willie Nelson, Van Morrison, Chris Isaak, Boz Scaggs and others.

Minute By Minute (2013) marks a pivotal moment in James’ career, not only because it arguably contains his best writing, singing, and playing to date, but because it signals his return to the studio following the loss of his wife Jacqueline, who died of cancer in October 2011.
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