The Wall Street Journal: Still Belting Out Blue-Eyed Soul

Check out this feature on the new album at The Wall Street Journal! They say the album “offers rollicking horn-and-riff originals reminiscent of Ray Charles and the gritty sincerity of mid-’60s Stax artists.”

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, February 21, 2013

STILL BELTING OUT BLUE-EYED SOUL, by Marc Myers

James Hunter Six at The Rivoli Ball Room, London, December 2012

Funk-soul singer-songwriter James Hunter grew up in a trailer in an onion field and worked for the railroad. But the English guitarist, 50, credits his grandmother’s record collection—not his struggles and woes—for influencing his earthy rhythm-and-soul sound.

“I got my feeling from listening, not living,” he said. “My biography is in my lyrics rather than the execution. I’m not really an emotional singer. I’ve never been one for histrionics.”

Listen to James Hunter’s “Minute by Minute” here

“Minute by Minute,” due Monday, is Mr. Hunter’s first CD in five years and offers rollicking horn-and-riff originals reminiscent of Ray Charles and the gritty sincerity of mid-’60s Stax artists.

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