On the cover of his latest recording, there’s British R&B singer James Hunter standing an urban rooftop with one heck of a grin. And with good reason. He just delivered the goods.
Look No further
Hold On! the new 4th album by the James Hunter 6 is destined to be classic. Now signed to Daptone Records, this is the exhilarating breakthrough Hunter’s been looking for. IF he isn’t currently the UK’s greatest soul singer, I don’t know who is. Look no further.
A one time bricklayer who became a background singer for Van Morrison in the 90’’s Hunter fell on hard times put his music career on hold, Hunter’s been slogging away for the last ten years, writing four album’s worth of original material and touring non stop trying to make his voice heard above the pretenders. Now on a new label and with Daptone Records producer Bosco Mann of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings at the helm who recorded it live on 8 track tape totally in mono. This new set up has paid off well because Hunter and his longtime band sound totally recharged in the style of Ray Charles and Arthur Alexander right from the get go with “If That Don’t Tell You”.
Possessing a masterful voice, Hunter also wears his heart on his sleeve and he pours it out to a new love on “Satchel Foot” and the title song.
Hold On! by the James Hunter 6 is solid dynamite soul and the singers best album yet. You’ll have to hold on just listening to it. –Eric Berg