According to the great songwriter Van Morrison, James Hunter
with his extraordinary voice is one of the best-kept secrets of British rhythm ’n blues and soul. Although he is a true Britton, born in Colchester, the guitarist and singer sounds like an American. As a little boy Hunter was already attracted to American R&B. In a time that he and his family were forced to live in a mobile home, he mainly listened to 78 RPM classic albums from the fifties. Also his own style reverts to that period, just as to the early sixties. Hunter’s music has the same timeless character, one could say. His new album People Gonna Talk
, for which he wrote all the songs, was recorded in the old-fashioned analogue way. That is because Hunter doesn’t believe in perfectly polished music, for it simply sounds soulless.