Jesse Hunter

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Jesse Hunter
Birth nameBilly Ray Dungy II[1]
Born (1959-01-14) January 14, 1959 (age 63)[2]
Shelby County, Tennessee, U.S.
GenresCountry
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1994-present
LabelsBNA

Billy Ray Dungy II (born January 14, 1959), known professionally as Jesse Hunter, is an American country music artist.

Hunter signed to BNA Records in 1994, the same year that he released his Barry Beckett-produced debut album A Man Like Me.[3] The album produced three chart singles in "Born Ready," "The Way She's Lookin'" and "Long Legged Hannah (From Butte, Montana)," his highest-charting single at No. 42 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.[2] "Born Ready" and "Long Legged Hannah" also charted on the RPM country charts in Canada. Michael Hight of New Country magazine gave Hunter's debut album a three-and-a-half star rating out of five, comparing his voice to Johnny Cash's and saying "the renegade nature[…]positions him as a folk hero who has lived and learned and is ready to talk about it."[4]

Dungy has not recorded professionally since. As of 2021, he resides in Watertown, Tennessee, and has written local theatre productions.[5]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
A Man Like Me

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country
[2]
CAN Country
[6]
1994 "Born Ready" 56 77 A Man Like Me
"By the Way She's Lookin'" 65
"Long Legged Hannah (From Butte, Montana)" 42 56
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1994 "Born Ready"[7] Jon Small
"By the Way She's Lookin'"[8] Dick Buckley
"Long Legged Hannah (From Butte, Montana)"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Results for Dungy, Billy Ray". Broadcast Music Incorporated. Retrieved June 25, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 198. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  3. ^ Corcoran, Michael (1994-02-17). "The Class of '94". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2008-09-03.
  4. ^ Hight, Michael (May 1994). "Album reviews — Jesse Hunter, A Man Like Me". New Country. 1 (3): 59–60. ISSN 1074-536X.
  5. ^ "Musician Billy Dungy writes play for Watertown High theatre group". Wilson Post. Retrieved June 25, 2022.
  6. ^ "RPM - Library and Archives Canada - Country Singles". RPM. Archived from the original on May 19, 2011. Retrieved July 31, 2011.
  7. ^ ""Born Ready" by Jesse Hunter". VH1. Retrieved June 25, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ ""By The Way She's Lookin'" by Jesse Hunter". VH1. Retrieved June 25, 2016.[permanent dead link]