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James Hunter 13

1010 Nicollet Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 332-1010


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.” 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. Hunter is back with his fourth album, Hold On! marking his debut on Daptone Records, America’s premier soul imprint and Hunter’s second collaboration with famed producer Gabriel Roth aka Bosco Mann. Hunter feels he has finally found his home for making music. From the driving stompers to the bubbling rumbas, the record drips with the rawness and feeling that Daptone fans have become accustomed to, and cuts straight to the soul of the man who James Hunter fans have come to love. It is truly an artist’s vision come to fruition.