James Hunter

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Tags: soul rhythm and blues blues blue-eyed soul jazz seen live Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Colchester, Essex, England. As a youngster in Essex, Hunter was interested in 50s rock ‘n’ roll, leading to a later appreciation of Chicago blues, particularly the music of Little Walter. He received his first electric guitar in 1977 when he was around 15 years of age, while his first band, the DMFs, played at Colchester Labour Club in 1983. He initially recorded with a rockabilly band for a compilation issued by Lost Moment Records in 1984. Two years later he moved to London, and began performing as Howlin’ Wilf. With his band the Vee-Jays he quickly established himself as one of the mainstays of the capital’s blues scene, and was touted as one of England’s best young blues singers. In 1989, he disbanded the Vee-Jays and took his music in more of an R&B direction, assembling a band including Jonathan Lee (drums), Dave Lagnado (double bass), Nick Lunt (baritone saxophone) and Damian Hand (tenor saxophone). His biggest break came when he...

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