With his last two albums, 2006’s Grammy-nominated People Gonna Talk and 2008’s The Hard Way, James Hunter delivered a classic yet perpetually modern brand of British rhythm and blues. His sound captivated listeners across generations and earned him two Billboard Blues #1?s, tours with Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, Etta James, and Willie Nelson, performances on Leno, Letterman, and Conan, and critical raves everywhere from the NY Times to USA Today.
In the early Nineties, Van Morrison caught James’ act at a gig in Wales and hired him as a backup singer. About Hunter, Morrison said, “He’s one of the best voices and best kept secrets in British R&B and soul.” With his affectionate echoes of Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson, the Los Angeles Times praised James Hunter’s “extraordinary soul voice”; Rolling Stone called his album “a treat not to miss.” Hunter’s latest album, The Hard Way earned even better accolades, with Rolling Stone calling it “unbelievably awesome” and the New York Times praising Hunter’s “tight, slithery groove” and “sweet growl.” The album featured a guest appearance by avowed Hunter fan Allen Toussaint, and like its predecessor reached #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart. Hunter toured extensively behind it, both as a headliner and supporting the likes of Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Willie Nelson, Van Morrison, Chris Isaac and Boz Scaggs. To create a true Louisiana Crossroads, this show will feature a group of Louisiana All Stars in guest performances throughout the evening.
Louisiana Crossroads, a series of the Acadiana Center for the Arts, is known for its trademark mix of music and conversation, which includes moderated artist and audience question and answer sessions. The program airs via 100,000-watt regional National Public Radio affiliate KRVS, simultaneously streaming audio worldwide via krvs.org.
Advance tickets can be purchased for $12 at the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana on the second floor of Central School, or on line at www.cityoflakecharles.com. Tickets at the door will be $15. For more information, please call (337) 439-2787. Repeat performances will be held in Lafayette April 10 and 11. For a complete line-up of season 14, including the Lafayette performances, go to www.acadianacenterforthearts.org.