Long John Hunter

After playing in El Paso for 30 years as the Lone Star State’s best-kept secret, Long John Hunter blasted onto the international blues world’s most-wanted list with the release of his 1996 album, Border Town Legend. With critical acclaim showering Border Town and Hunter’s 1997 follow-up, Swinging from the Rafters, one fact was clear: Long John Hunter had arrived—and, as the Chicago Tribune attested, his “ability [was] too big for just Texas.”

From one end of the country to the other, his raw talent and keen showmanship have taken the blues world by storm. The Los Angeles Times called him a “top-notch singer, guitarist and unbridled wildman performer ... a raw feral talent bursting with energy.” Said the Chicago Tribune: “Hunter embodies Texas blues in all its varied, roustabout glory like no one on the scene today.”

With the reissue of Ride with Me, Hunter’s debut album, his many new fans and friends can experience firsthand the up-tempo West Texas grooves and guitar-drenched border-town blues that helped make Hunter one of the most in-demand blues performers on the club and festival circuit today.

Video clip from Long John Hunter’s Jubilee performance

This artist appears in Jubilee #602: Long John Hunter and the Bad News Blues Band.