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Birth name John Thurman Hunter Jr.
Born (1931-07-13) July 13, 1931 (age 81)
Ringgold, Louisiana, United States
Genres Texas blues, electric blues
Occupations Guitarist, singer, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1950s–present
Labels Alligator, various
Long John Hunter (born July 13, 1931) is an American Texas blues and electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He has released seven albums in his own name, and in his later years found critical acknowledgement outside of his homeland. Hunter's best known tracks are "El Paso Rock" and "Alligators Around My Door", the latter of which Hunter co-wrote with Bruce Iglauer.
1 Life and career
3 See also
Life and career John Thurman Hunter Jr. was born in Ringgold, Louisiana, United States. He was raised on a farm in Magnolia, Arkansas, but by his early twenties was working in a box factory in Beaumont, Texas. He bought his first guitar after attending a B. B. King concert, and then adopted the stage name of Long John Hunter in 1953. Hunter saw his first single, "She Used to Be My Woman" b/w "Crazy Girl", released by Duke Records in 1955. By 1957 he had relocated to El Paso, Texas, and found employment playing at the Lobby Club in Juárez, Mexico. He remained there for over thirteen years, seeing the release of several singles in the early 1960s on local record labels. These tracks included one of his most notable numbers, "El Paso Rock".
In 1988, his album, Texas Border Town Blues was released. In 1992, Ride with Me preceded a couple more albums for Alligator Records, Border Town Legend (1996) and Swinging from the Rafters (1997). In 1999, Hunter teamed up with Lonnie Brooks and Phillip Walker to release Lone Star Shootout.
Hunter appeared at the Long Beach Blues Festival in both 1996 and 2000. His most recent album release was Looking for a Party (2009).
Discography Year Title Record label
1988 Texas Border Town Blues Double Trouble
1992 Ride with Me Alligator
1994 Smooth Magic Double Trouble
1996 Border Town Legend Alligator
1997 Swinging from the Rafters Alligator
2003 One Foot in Texas Doc Blues
2009 Looking for a Party Blues Express
See also List of Texas blues musicians
List of electric blues musicians
References 1.^ a b c d e Govenar, Alan B. (2008). Texas blues: the rise of a contemporary sound (1st ed.). Texas: Texas A&M University Press. pp. 380–5. ISBN 978-1-58544-605-6.
2.^ a b c d Bill Dahl. "Long John Hunter". Allmusic. Retrieved September 13, 2011.
3.^ a b "Allmusic ((( Lone Star Shootout > Review )))".
4.^ a b c "Long John Hunter". Centrohd.com. Retrieved September 13, 2011.
5.^ "Allmusic ((( Long John Hunter > Discography > Main Albums )))".http://www.allmusic.com/artist/long-john-hunter-mn0000826917 biography[-]by Bill Dahl For much too long, the legend of Long John Hunter was largely a local one, limited to the bordertown region between El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico. That's where the guitarist reigned for 13 years (beginning in 1957) at Juarez's infamous Lobby Bar. Its riotous, often brawling clientele included locals, cowboys, soldiers from nearby Fort Bliss, frat boys, and every sort of troublemaking tourist in between. Hunter kept 'em all entertained with his outrageous showmanship and slashing guitar riffs.
The Louisiana native got a late start on his musical career. When he was 22 and toiling away in a Beaumont, Texas box factory, he attended a B.B. King show and was instantly transfixed. The next day, he bought a guitar. A year later, he was starring at the same bar that B.B. had headlined. Hunter's 1954 debut single for Don Robey's Houston-based Duke label, "She Used to Be My Woman"/"Crazy Baby," preceded his move to El Paso in 1957. Along the way, Phillip Walker and Lonnie Brooks both picked up on his licks. But Hunter's recording output was slim -- a few hot but obscure singles waxed from 1961 to 1963 for the tiny Yucca logo out of Alamogordo, New Mexico (standouts include "El Paso Rock," "Midnight Stroll," and "Border Town Blues"). Perhaps he was just too busy -- he held court at the Lobby seven nights a week from sundown to sunup.
Fortunately, Hunter's reputation eventually outgrew the Lone Star State. His 1992 set for the Spindletop imprint, Ride With Me, got the ball rolling. A pair of albums released later in the decade for Alligator, Border Town Legend (1996) and Swinging from the Rafters (1997), exposed the Texas blues great to a wider (if not wilder) audience than before. The following decade, Hunter didn't record quite as often, but 2003's One Foot in Texas (made with his brother Tom) and 2009's Looking for a Party (issued on Blues Express) were both notable additions to his discography.