James Hunter (singer)
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Hunter and his band at La Zona Rosa 7, February 2009, Austin, Texas
|Birth name||Neil James Huntsman|
2 October 1962|
Colchester, Essex, England
|Genres||Rhythm and blues, blue-eyed soul|
|Labels||Go Records, Hear, Big Beat, Ace, Rounder, Ruf|
Hunter's career began with a band called Howlin' Wilf and the Vee-Jays, who released their first album in 1986 entitled Cry Wilf. Later he released three more with his own band. He spent much of the 1990s playing small clubs in London, such as the Weavers Pub in Islington (North London), and the 100 Club on Oxford Street in London. Hunter's soulful style drew the attention of Van Morrison, who appeared on Hunter's first album released on Ace, Believe What I Say, in 1996. (Morrison sang backing vocals on "Turn On Your Love Light" and "Ain't Nothing You Can Do".) Hunter's relationship with Morrison led to a tour with the latter in the early nineties; he sang backing vocals on Morrison's 1994 live album, A Night in San Francisco, and his 1995 studio recording Days Like This. Hunter's first solo release in the United States, his 2006 breakthrough album People Gonna Talk, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album at the 49th Grammy Awards ceremony. He parted ways with Rounder Records in 2008 and issued the album The Hard Way via Hear Music/Concord.
In popular culture
- The song "This Is Where We Came In" was featured in the Superstore (season 3) episode "Christmas Eve".
Solo and as leader
Howlin' Wilf & The Veejays:
- Howlin Wilf & the Vee-Jays, Cry Wilf! (1986) re-issued by Big Beat (2002)
- Blue Men Sing The Whites (mini LP) Waterfront WF 036 (1987)
- Howlin' Wilf & The Vee-Jays, Unamerican Activities BRAVE 8 (1988/89)
- 6 By Six (six song mini album) Hound Dog BUT 004 (1990)
- ...Believe What I Say (1996) Ace Records, appearances by Van Morrison and Doris Troy
- Kick it Around (1999) Ruf Records, produced by Boz Boorer
- People Gonna Talk (2006) Rounder Records
- The Hard Way (2008) Hear Music
The James Hunter Six:
- Minute By Minute (2013) Universal
- Hold On! (2016), Daptone Records
- Whatever It Takes (2018), Daptone Records
- A Night in San Francisco (1994) with Van Morrison
- Days Like This (1995) with Van Morrison
- Live at KEXP Volume 5 Track 13: Hunter's "Don't Do Me No Favours" (Various Artists) (2009)
- "James Hunter and the Return of Analog Soul". NPR.org.
- "49th Annual Grammy Awards Winners List". GRAMMY.com. Archived from the original on 10 July 2009.
- "The James Hunter Six Keep Time on 'Minute by Minute' Song Premiere | Music News". Rolling Stone. 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2013-03-04.
- Perusse, Bernard (2013-02-23). "New music review: Minute by Minute, The James Hunter Six (Universal) | Montreal Gazette". Blogs.montrealgazette.com. Retrieved 2013-03-04.