James Hunter: 'People Gonna Talk'

James Hunter discovered his earliest musical influences in a stack of his grandmother's 78s. Jackie Wilson and other pre-Beatles R&B "got me off to a good start," he says. And it shows in the British singer-songwriter's new CD. People Gonna Talk sounds as if it could have been recorded in the 1950s, but it feels much fresher than that.

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Photo by Harry Benson
James Hunter
Photo by Harry Benson

"All the best music isn't stuck in one timeframe," Hunter says. "It carries on. Nobody says, ''I've Got a Woman' by Ray Charles — that's 30 years old.' So the good stuff keeps..."

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James Hunter
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2006

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