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The indeed very extraordinary and very British James Hunter, who possesses a "tight, slithery soul groove" and a "sweet growl" (NY Times), made his Hear Music label debut on June 10th, 2008 with the release of THE HARD WAY. This new collection finds Hunter delving even further into the limitless realm of deepest soul with another expertly crafted set of all-original material. In their second collaboration together, THE HARD WAY was produced by Liam Watson (also producer of The White Stripes ELEPHANT) at famed analogue haven Toe Rag Studios in London.
The instrumental palette is exquisite, and the arrangements sharpened for THE HARD WAY. New Orleans National Living Treasure (and R&B Maestro) Allen Toussaint joins Hunter on the rhumba "Believe Me Baby," and also the title track. Gorgeous Echo Strings buoy opener "The Hard Way" as well as the dreamy "Carina" with accompanying pedal steel. The jumping "Don't Do Me No Favours" is a solid design for the dance floor. The album resolves with the delightful, romantic ballad "Strange But True," the first Hunter recording stripped down to just bare vocals and guitar. This collection showcases further evidence of Hunter's amazing guitar prowess, his manic solos recalling the fretwork of Ike Turner.
James and his very merry and equally talented band (with whom James has collaborated nearly two decades--imagine the pints served!) have extensively road-tested the new album while criss-crossing North America and Europe after his 2006 GRAMMY-nominated album PEOPLE GONNA TALK put him on the World map. That album took him from