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.
Download this free tune from Robert J. Hunter! I also like the traack, “Turning,” on the EP.
Buy Robert J. Hunter’s music here on Amazon.
From his bio:
Thriving on the cold winters and the melancholy breeze. Gruff but dulcet tones. Moving from island life in Guernsey to the big smoke of London, writing, performing and waiting for the dust to clear.
Snowfall, Whiskey, winter, blues, tea.
Record label: Spectra Records
“Rob has grown over the past year or so into a consummate performer, seemingly playing almost non-stop somewhere or other, and this had lead to him becoming the sort of person who, it seems, is incapable of putting on a bad show” – Tom Girard, BBC Introducing.
Special Bruise is a four piece bluesy-pop band from Sutton, London. Recently, they released their first self-titled EP.
Special Bruise recorded from a tiny room and let all of their influences, from R&B and Soul to singer-songwriters to seventies blues rock pour into their own music.
Buy their music here.
Bex Marshall’s latest album, House of Mercy, reflects both the songs on this record, and the actual name of her home-recording studio-record label-life. She is a noted slide guitar player, who also loves the resonator (dobro) and banjo, and manages to bring in those sounds to a cohesive, roots rock record. I am always interested when a British musician melds what we think of as American sounds into music that becomes its own, rather than being imitative. Marshall’s songs and production combine for a rollicking album, and her reflection on what led to it–heard in this week’s radio program–is worthwhile for anyone seeking a lifetime playing music, or fans who like it real.
- Bex Marshall House of Mercy House of Mercy is not just the title track and album, it’s also the name of the house where Bex and Barry live, their record label and recording studio, radio station and more. Marshall lives a life of music.
- I was not able to find a legal mp3 to purchase of Bex’s “Uncle David’s” band, The Marauders’ minor hit, “That’s What I Want.” I also was not able to confirm whether “Uncle David” is known as “Charlie Harper” of the UK Subs or not. If you have more information, please clarify! I think this is a video for the correct band. I did find a song on a garage rock compilation by a band of the same name, but I cannot confirm if it’s the same people or not. It’s a pretty cool tune, though, and a fantastic compilation. Storm in the Garage on Amazon
- Brigitte de Meyer Rose Of Jericho on Amazon
- Joan Armatrading Greatest Hits on Amazon One of the best British blues vocalists around. I used to listen to “Drop the Pilot” on WRAS Album 88 all the time.
- Hayseed Dixie Nicotine and Alcohol on Amazon Hayseed Dixie are not just the beloved bluegrass covers of AC/DC tunes or tributes to hillbilly love, they are also noted players and the sons of Don Reno, of Reno and Smiley.
- Stevie Ray Vaughn live The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble on Amazon doing “Superstition.” A great example of amazing blues working well with other styles of music.
- Israel Nash Gripka Barn Doors and Concrete Floors on Amazon