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AUSTIN TEXAS---He's back!
Long John Hunter, the bordertown bluesman
whose wild and crazy onstage antics during
a decade of performing in Juarez made him
a Texas-sized legend, has released his first
studio recording in five years, "One Foot in Texas".
The legendary Long John Hunter, joined by
his blues brother Tom Hunter and backed by
the Double Trouble rhythm section, made his
overdue return to the recording studio one
to remember, delivering a dozen first-class
examples of veteran blues virtuosity.
Brother Tom, an excellent singer/guitarist
in his own right, provides some sibling rivalry
that elevates Long John's efforts while perfectly
recapturing their shared East Texas roots.
Longtime Hunter recording collaborator Mark
"Kaz" Kazanoff, leading the Texas Horns, adeptly
embellished the brothers' efforts on several
tunes and harp hero Gary Primich is featured
The songs are a democratic mix of enlightened
updates of early Long John classics, including
"Midnight Stroll" and "Hey Mrs. Jones", and
Tom's autobiographical tunes, such as the
energetic "One Foot in Texas" title track
and the downhome delight "Talkin' Country".
In addition, the brothers Hunter, relying
on nothing more than their guitars and memories,
dismiss the band for the extended bonus track
"Riffing and Reminiscing", a casual, and often
humorous eleven-minute exercise in blues story-telling.
"One Foot in Texas", recorded in Austin last
year, is more than the welcome return of Long
John Hunter and an international introduction
to Tom Hunter's talents: it's the first blues
classic of 2003.
The true-to-the-tradition feel, underscored
by the hard-earned musical integrity of the
Hunter brothers, and the excitement of its
inherent entertainment, expressed in sizzling
solos, soulful singing and blazing band backing,
lift "One Foot in Texas" to a level of blues
brilliance no fan can afford to miss.