A couple of weeks ago, I was driving to a car show early one morning. Bored with the music playing on the radio, I started flipping through the dial. The radio landed on a CBC station, and it was playing this very funky reggae tune I had never heard. The song spoke to me immediately, and I had to find out what it was. I pulled over, grabbed my cell phone and found my “Shazam” app. I found out that the song was called “Corina” by the James Hunter Six. This was all new to me. Loved the lyrics, loved the groove of the song, and especially his voice.
Hours later, I was telling my wife about this song that I had heard, and I wanted to learn more about it. I started playing Corina quite loudly and the song brought her into the room to listen. After hearing this song, we were both intrigued and wanted to hear more.
We started listening to other songs by the group, and it seemed that every single song we were listening to was incredible. This was a new and wonderful discovery for both of us. We love their 1960’s R&B style of songs, all newly written by Hunter and brought to life by this tight band. Hunter’s raw and scratchy voice sounds like a combination of Sam Cooke, Joe Cocker, and Long John Baldry all wrapped together.
The band features a drummer, a keyboard player, a stand-up acoustic bass, two sax players, and Hunter on guitar and vocals. The group is from the UK, and have been together for 20 years, having recorded 6 albums worth of tunes. Jill and I were both confused on why we haven’t heard this group before this, although we are certainly glad we know them now.
Personal favs are “Corina”, of course, but we both are haunted by the song “I Don’t Wanna Be Without You “. Once you hear it, you can’t seem to get it out of your head, which is ok with me.
If you are already familiar with the James Hunter Six, you will know why we are excited. If you don’t know their music, check it out. I’m sure you will be a new fan too.
James Hunter Six in concert.
James Hunter Six on a visit to the STAX recording studio and museum in Memphis.