UK singer/songwriter JAMES HUNTER is one of soul's best kept secrets. He enjoys a devoted coterie of fans who embrace his quirky take on classic soul and R&B (à la Sam Cooke and Ray Charles) but despite a slew of great recordings behind him, collaborations with Van Morrison not to mention a GRAMMY nomination, James is still largely unknown in the mainstream. Maybe that's all set to change withy the February release of his fourth album – 'Hold On!'. The ten tracker's a collaboration with the Daptone team and has been produced by Daptone head man Gabe Roth. Musically the soundscape is what James Hunter does best.... an infectious blend of retro soul and R&B , delivered by his band mates .... The James Hunter Six.
With the release of 'Hold On!' imminent, we thought the time was right to speak to James and learn more about 'Hold On!', but maybe the best place to start, we thought, was to get James to introduce himself and his music....
Well, there's six of us, Damian Hand (tenor saxophone) Lee Badau (baritone saxophone) Jonathan Lee (drums) Jason Wilson (bass) and Andy Kingslow (keyboards, percussion, spoons) and we make a racket a little reminiscent of early soul music but with the attitude of punk and none of the musicality.
Last Updated on Sunday, 24 January 2016 14:22