The James Hunter Six

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It’s been a winding road for English blue-eyed soulster James Hunter. The founder of defunct ‘80s trio Howlin’ Wilf & the Vee-Jays, Hunter toiled for years in London’s small clubs through the ‘90s and early 2000s, his dreams of worldwide success as a musician fading. Despite collaborating with Van Morrison during live performances and in-studio recordings, he hadn’t yet carved out his own firm footing as a solo performer. His gravelly, booming tone and ‘50s-inspired aesthetic remained unknown to audiences outside of the Swinging City.

Then Hunter had a chance meeting with an American on holiday, leading to a conversation with Rounder Records execs, who agreed to release Hunter’s newest collection of jams to a U.S. audience. The result was 2006’s People Gonna Talk, his first stateside solo release, which was showered with praise from major press, baited by Hunter’s bluesy riffs. After nearly giving up on his music career, Hunter found himself nominated for a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album. The Hard Way was his 2008 follow-up, another LP garnering rave reviews.

Today, Hunter is well established in R&B circles, carrying the torch of masters like Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson. He’s brought some old friends around for full-time support, rebranding his act as The James Hunter Six, who debuted with last year’s Minute By Minute. Catch Hunter and his cohorts swoon and croon tonight. // DANIEL GELB

7pm. $20-$33. With Paul Loren. World Cafe Life, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. philly.worldcafelive.com
 

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Saturday, April 19, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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- Price: Unknown

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3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 04/19/2014. .

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