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EDITORS’ NOTES

With Hold On!, James Hunter proves that vintage-sounding soul can still be utterly vital and vibrant. The Brit sings—and writes—like Sam Cooke’s natural-born heir, but he brings his own tricks to the table too, whether delivering a sharp retort to spiritual dogma atop the funky feel of “Free Your Mind (While You Still Got Time),” slipping in a subtle ska undercurrent on the easy-rolling “This Is Where We Came In,” or unleashing his bluesy guitar skills on the instrumental “Satchelfoot.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

With Hold On!, James Hunter proves that vintage-sounding soul can still be utterly vital and vibrant. The Brit sings—and writes—like Sam Cooke’s natural-born heir, but he brings his own tricks to the table too, whether delivering a sharp retort to spiritual dogma atop the funky feel of “Free Your Mind (While You Still Got Time),” slipping in a subtle ska undercurrent on the easy-rolling “This Is Where We Came In,” or unleashing his bluesy guitar skills on the instrumental “Satchelfoot.”

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

16 Ratings

Funky Good

no bad music,

James Hunter stays true to what he knows and thats great beats, horns and vocals

Music for your heart and soul!!

Iiwaly,

The James hunter six sound is timeless. Since the moment I first Heard James sing a single note I was hooked! That joyous feeling I get when I listen to Billy Stewart, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Motown and countless blues greats, I get all over again when listening to James. I recently saw James preform in SC, and in an opera house that can seat 520, there was only maybe 60-100 people!?!? I was so disappointed for James and the six but they still put on a great show. I truly hope that with this new record (under Daptones) they get the recognition and exposure they so deserve. I think he's a great essential part to the Daptones family and I want more!!!! When is the documentary coming out? Where did this Brit get the soul? Thank you James and the six for the music!!! We love you!
Marisol O.

About The James Hunter Six

The James Hunter Six are a soul-blues band from Essex, England, who've been touring and recording together for more than a decade. Their immediate, gritty sound provides the backing for their songwriter/guitar slinger namesake, whose weathered yet buttery smooth voice has made the group a critical favorite and a touring sensation. Given their intensity and virtuosity, no less than Allen Toussaint, Sharon Jones, and Van Morrison have been counted as fans and shared stages with them.

The rest of the lineup is made up of drummer Jonathan Lee, keyboardist/percussionist Andrew Kingslow, baritone saxophonist Lee Badau, tenor saxophonist Damian Hand, and bassist Jason Wilson. Though most of this unit has been together for nearly two decades and played stages all over the globe, they've been billed as the James Hunter Six on recordings since 2013's Gabriel Roth-produced Minute by Minute -- Hunter extended the name to reflect the band's concert billing. The band signed on to the producer's Daptone label in 2013 and recorded 2016's Hold On! direct to eight-track tape at Penrose Recorders in Riverside, California. ~ Thom Jurek

  • ORIGIN
    England
  • FORMED
    1993

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