Long John Hunter and the Bad News Blues Band (#602)

Raw Texas blues from a regional favorite gone national.

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After playing in El Paso for 30 years as one of the Lone Star State’s best-kept secrets, Long John Hunter blasted onto the international blues world’s most-wanted list with his 1996 album, Border Town Legend. With critical acclaim showering that release 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 talent was “too big for just Texas.”

Playing with Jeff Masterson, Mike Blommer Jr., Alex Flores, Chip Ritter, and Mike Blommer Sr. of the Tucson, AZ-based Bad News Blues Band, Hunter brings his scorching Texas blues to the Jubilee stage with this performance taped at the 2000 W.C. Handy Blues Festival in Henderson, KY.

Hunter’s spirited Jubilee debut illustrates why, 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.” Added the Chicago Tribune, “Hunter embodies Texas blues in all its varied, roustabout glory like no one on the scene today.”