It’s been nearly a decade since Englishman James Hunter burst onto the scene with the U.S. debut, People Gonna Talk (2006), an album that earned him Grammy nominations and the affections of critics and fans including Van Morrison, Sharon Jones, and Allen Toussaint. The man delivers heavy hitting, tight, taut rhythm and blues like few can do, with every bit of fire as the greats Sam Cooke, Smokey Robinson, and Jackie Wilson… this Brit can belt.
The James Hunter Six are back with a fourth album Hold On!, their debut record with American label Daptone Records and an instant classic that was recorded on an 8-track console. Amidst the touring, promoting, and live performances, the sextet found themselves in Austin for the week, with slots on both weekends for ACL Music Festival. To boot, Mr. Hunter himself celebrated a birthday and a wedding- what a week it has been! We caught up with the group in Studio 1A for a conversation and live performance. Check out our conversation below, as well as a live performance by the band of (Baby) Hold On.
If you missed The James Hunter Six at ACL, you can catch them at an official ACL Late Night Show at the Continental Club this Saturday, Ocotber 8th. Tickets here.
– Sam Harrell