James Hutchinson (musician)
January 24, 1953 |
|Origin||Cambridge, Massachusetts; New Orleans, Louisiana|
Country and Western
|Instruments||Bass guitar, Double Bass, uBass, Guitar|
|Years active||1960s - present|
|Associated acts||The Neville Brothers
James "Hutch" Hutchinson (born January 24, 1953) is an American bassist best known for his work with Bonnie Raitt.
Hutchinson attended some classes at Berklee College of Music in the late 1960s. He initially had played some mandolin and guitar in bluegrass bands, but focused on bass by age 12 after seeing Wilson Pickett's band in the mid 1960s. Before and during high school Hutchinson played electric and acoustic bass in several New England area bands.
After graduating high school, Hutchinson moved to San Francisco and played in some jam bands. He eventually met John Cipollina of Quicksilver Messenger Service and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead. He ended up playing at all types of sessions at Mickey's Ranch and joined Cipollina's band Copperhead, recording an album with them which was released in 1973 on Columbia Records. He later played in Link Wray's band with Copperhead drummer David Weber and at various shows with both Wray and Cipollina as well.
He later, while living in Guatemala, formed (along with violinist Sid Page) a Latin jazz fusion group called The Point, eventually bringing the band to Austin, Texas. (where in 1977 they won Jazz Group of the year at the Austin Music Awards). In Austin in 1975 he was introduced to The Meters by a mutual friend. He later got a call from Charles and Art Neville about playing with their new band. He then moved to New Orleans and joined The Neville Brothers Band. While playing with the Neville Brothers on the Rolling Stones 1981 Tattoo You tour he started a friendship with keyboardist Ian McLagan who introduced him to Bonnie Raitt in 1982. He moved to Los Angeles in 1983 and joined her band after her previous bassist left right before a tour. He has been playing and recording with her ever since, contributing to every recording of hers since Nine Lives.
Hutchinson has recorded and/or performed with Bonnie Raitt, Brian Wilson, Willie Nelson, Joe Cocker, BB King, Earl King, Al Green, Etta James, Boz Scaggs, Ringo Starr, Eric Burdon, Taj Mahal (musician), Delbert McClinton, Marc Cohn, Randy Newman, Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, Maria Muldaur, Pieta Brown, David Crosby, Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young), CPR (band), Rickie Lee Jones, Toots Hibbert, The Proclaimers, Terry Evans (musician), Arlo Guthrie, Ry Cooder, Neil Diamond, The Grouch & Eligh, Jerry Lee Lewis, Steve Cropper, Ivan Neville, Ryan Adams, Bryan Adams, Richie Sambora, Ziggy Marley, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jackson Browne, Charles Brown, Ruth Brown, Keb Mo, Lyle Lovett, The Neville Brothers, The Doobie Brothers, The Chieftains, Altan (band), Paul Brady, Paul Kelly (Australian musician), Johnny Hallyday and many other diverse and notable musicians.
In 2006 Hutchinson was featured along with drummer Jim Keltner on the Jerry Lee Lewis recording Last Man Standing. He later that year played shows with Bonnie Raitt opening for The Rolling Stones at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium and in Vancouver BC, Canada at The BC Dome.
In 2008, Hutchinson participated in the production of the album Psalngs, the debut release of Canadian musician John Lefebvre. He also in 2008 worked on Blues recordings by Mike Zito, Walter Trout and Maria Muldaur as well  as working with Slack Key guitarist Barry Flanagan of the Hawaiian band Hapa and touring in March of said year with Steve Kimock and Friends featuring Jerry Garcia Band keyboardist Melvin Seals.
On Monday Feb 2, 2009, Hutchinson performed as bassist and co-music director (along with Chuck Leavell) at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa with an all star band also featuring Rolling Stones keyboard player Chuck Leavell, Stones sax man Bobby Keys, drummer Kenny Aronoff and Buddy Holly/Bob Wills guitarist Tommy Allsup at The Rock and Roll hall Of Fame's "50 Winter's Later" concert in tribute to Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper 50 years later to the day of the of their last concert.
On Feb. 5th 2010, Hutchinson appeared with Doobie Brothers guitarist Pat Simmons, former Doobie Brothers vocalist/keyboardist Michael McDonald and Hawaiian guitarist, singer/songwriter John Cruz in Wailea, Maui at a CD release party for Maui singer Gail Swanson. Following that he completed a North American tour with the Hawaiian band Hapa, starting with them at Club Passim in Cambridge, Mass. on St. Partick's Day 2010 and finishing on 4/17/2010 at The Maui Arts and Cultural Center.
On April 10, 2011, Hutchinson along with Maui residents Willie Nelson, Mick Fleetwood, Michael McDonald and Doobie Brother Pat Simmons performed together, along with Hawaiian artists Jack Johnson, Jake Shimabukuro, Cecilio & Kapono and many others on The Great Lawn of the Hawaiian Gardens in Honolulu at the benefit, Kokua For Japan. The concert and telethon raised $1.6 million for The American Red Cross and the survivors of the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and resulting nuclear disaster in Japan.
Hutchinson was the featured artist in and graced the cover of the July 2012 issue of Bass Player.
On August 13, 2013 Hutchinson was featured along with drummer Steve Gadd and guitarist Joe Caro at the Paia Jam in Paia, Maui, Hi.
The following month Hutchinson once again returned to HI to perform on September 13 with guitarist Eric McFadden and drummer Paul Marchetti at Charley's in Paia.
In late October 2013, once again between legs of Bonnie Raitt's Slipstream tour, Hutchinson along with former Rutle, former Beach Boy and longtime Bonnie Raitt drummer Ricky Fataar returned to Hawaii for a pair of very successful Halloween Week shows with New Orleans own Allen Toussaint. The Oahu shows also featured Hawaiian musicians John Cruz and Imua Garza!
In mid July of 2014 after finishing Bonnie Raitt's summer tour Hutchinson appeared on a number of west and east coast dates with Pegi Young and her band The Survivors (featuring Muscle Shoals writer and keyboard man Spooner Oldham) culminating with an appearance at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival.
Some of Hutchinson's main influences are Paul Chambers, Charles Mingus, Richard Davis (bassist), Chuck Rainey, Carl Radle, Cachao, Tommy Cogbill, Rick Danko, Aston Barrett, George Porter, Jr., Jack Casady, John Entwistle and James Jamerson.
- James Hutchinson biography at Bonnie Raitt official website
- Roberts, Jim. James Hutch Hutchinson article, Bass Player, December 1993
- Copperhead at Bay Area Bands
- Bentley, Bill. Austin Sun article, August 1978
- Ian "Mac" Mclagan, All The Rage, 1998, Sidgewick & Jackson, p.323
- James "Hutch" Hutchinson at Allmusic
- "The Band", Psalngs Press & Media Buffet
- Woodhouse, John. "Rockin' at Stella's", Maui News, January 21, 2010
- Preston, Scott. "Interview with Bill Kreutzmann from The Grateful Dead and BK3", Cincy Groove, May 20, 2009
- "Bill Kreutzmann Announces BK3 Summer Dates", Glide Magazine
- Mauinews.com article by Jon Woodhouse 2/11/2010
- Harvard Arts Beat 3/19/2010 ofa.fas.harvard.edu/wordpress/?tag=Hutch-Hutchinson
- Maui News article by Jon Woodhouse 4/15/2010
- Maui News article by Jon Woodhouse 4/14/2011
- Pacific Business News Kokua for Japan nets $1.6 million 4/11/2011