With his last two albums, 2006's Grammy-nominated People Gonna Talk and 2008's The Hard Way, James Hunter delivered a classic yet perpetually modern brand of rhythm and blues that captivated listeners across generations and earned him two Billboard Blues #1's, tours with Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, Etta James, and Willie Nelson, performances on Leno, Letterman, and Conan, and critical raves everywhere from the NY Times to USA Today.
Minute By Minute, due out February 26, 2013 on GO Records/Fantasy, marks a pivotal movement in this unique artist's career not only because it arguably contains his best writing, singing, and playing to date, but because it signals James' return to the studio following the loss of his wife Jacqueline, who died of cancer in October 2011.
The Story So Far
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," he notes. "In the States, you've got the Mason Dixon Line and in England, we've got the Watford Gap."
Among James' earliest musical influences was a collection of 78 r.p.m. records of Fifties rock 'n' roll and rhythm & blues given to him by his grandmother; and his older brother Perry Hunstman (James' real surname), "the one responsible for me learning how to play a G chord." (Perry later became an accomplished acoustic guitarist; he performs regularly on the Midlands folk club circuit, playing in a traditional fingerpicking style.)