James Hunter, an accomplished rhythm and blues singer and songwriter from England, along with his band, returns to the historic Thrasher Opera House in downtown Green Lake for a highly anticipated, Wisconsin-exclusive concert on Friday, April 26 at 7:30 P.M.
Over the span of 30 years, Hunter’s worked on the railway, busked in the streets of London, provided backup vocals and guitar for Van Morrison, played clubs and theatres all over the world, written scores of original songs, and recorded some of the most original and honest rhythm & soul albums of the last two decades.
At age 16, Hunter left school in Colchester, Essex and began working for the railway, while honing his blues guitar and singing skills. Six years later, he played his first paid gig at the Colchester Labour club (as “Howlin’ Wilf and the Vee-Jays”).
In the decades since, James Hunter has gone from singer/songwriter to laborer and back again. After releasing one album in 1986, Hunter and his band became a popular fixture on the UK club circuit and radio waves. His gritty, soulful voice has matured well along with his musicianship and song writing.
In the early 90’s, Van Morrison recruited Hunter to sing backup on the road touring and on two albums, “A Night in San Francisco” and “Days Like This.” In the years to follow, Hunter opened shows for Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Willie Nelson, and Tom Petty, and headlined clubs and theatres in England, Europe, Australia and the United States.
Hunter’s latest album, “Whatever It Takes,” was inspired in part by his new wife, Jessie. Originally from New Jersey, Jessie met James when – after hearing him on the radio – she turned up at a show in New York City. A year later, they were married in New Orleans and now live in Brighton on the south coast of England.
Tickets are $37 and available at the Thrasher office, Horicon Bank (Green Lake); Webster’s Marketplace or Ripon Drug, (Ripon); Twister (Princeton), or by calling the Thrasher office at (920) 294-4279. Online tickets available at www.thrasheroperahouse.com.
photo by Jessie Perez Huntsman courtesy of the Thrasher and James Hunter