James Hunter was notably “discovered” by Van Morrison while performing in gritty pubs in England, but the songwriter and singer is more than a protege. The James Hunter Six perform across the world, primarily for blues audiences, although they have been embraced by Americana and rock clubs, as well. Their dynamic shows, fronted by the charismatic British-soul singer, highlight their rhythm and horn sections. The band often works up those parts separately before a whirlwind set of rehearsals when they are recording a new album, such as their latest on Dap Tone Records, Hold On.
Fresh off of a noted set at the Calgary Folk Festival, Samantha Martin reflects on life as an independent musician in Toronto, sharing many of the same challenges that DIY bands in the States experience. From club gigs where attendees complain about the $5 door charge to trouble crossing the border, to searching out record shops while on tour to find a last taste of local flavor in the music, Samantha Martin and The Haggard are forging their way in the wild frontier. With a debut album that samples their breadth, nearly every fan of roots music will find one song to like on this “roots and roll” record.
- Samantha Martin and the Haggard ON AMAZON or ON ITUNES
- Kensington Hillbillys ON AMAZON(sic) or ON ITUNES
- Alejandra Ribera ON AMAZON or ON ITUNES
- Los Zafiros Alejandra Ribera or ON ITUNES
- Meanwood ON AMAZON or ON ITUNES
- Ann Peebles ON AMAZON or ON ITUNES
- Rheostatics ON AMAZON or ON ITUNES
- Producer John Dinsmore has also worked with a great Canadian band, NQ Arbuckle ON AMAZON or ON ITUNES
- Janis Joplin ON AMAZON, Big Brother & The Holding Company or Janis Joplin on iTunes and Big Brother & The Holding Company on iTunes
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