Richard Hunter’s Bio

Richard Hunter’s latest release is “The Lucky One,” the groundbreaking 21st century rock harmonica record. The 13 songs on this record, including ten originals plus covers of Morphine’s “Early to Bed,” Amon Tobin’s “Orphan Black,” and ? (Question Mark) and the Mysterians’s “96 Tears”, are full on rockers with a unique sound driven by layers of amped-up effected harmonicas. This record establishes entirely new roles for the harmonica in a rock band, and the result is a big new sound and new life for the instrument.

Richard Hunter wrote the world’s best-selling method for jazz and rock harmonica players, Jazz Harp (Oak Publications, NYC), now in continuous print for over 35 years. In the 1980s he was the first-call studio harmonica for Boston-based producers and studios that included Soundtrack’s John Kiehl, Birdsong’s of the Mesozoic’s Erik Lindgren (with whom he recorded two rock singles under his own name), and film and TV composer Mason Daring.

In the 1990s Hunter recorded two CDs of compositions and arrangements for solo acoustic harmonica, The Act of Being Free in One Act and The Second Act of Free Being. The critically praised music on those records has been featured in NPR’s “All Songs Considered,” supported original choreography, and appeared in stage and TV productions. Hunter’s harmonica resume includes performances for major and independent recording artists, feature films, documentaries, TV series, and advertising jingles aplenty in addition to his own releases.

As of this writing, Hunter is number 28 on harmonica.com’s list of “the top 100 harmonica players to ever walk the planet” (https://www.harmonica.com/musicians/richard-hunter). “The Lucky One” includes Hunter’s lyrics and vocals on ten tracks, a big step forward for an artist whose recordings to date have been almost entirely instrumental.

Hunter’s performing career was cut short in 2002 when his wife was seriously injured by a physician’s error. Since then, between recording sessions for a range of clients, he has focused on developing a new, unique palette of electric sounds for the harmonica, and incorporating those sounds into new roles for the harmonica in rock. “I orchestrate with harmonicas, electric and acoustic, the way Jimmy Page said he orchestrated with guitars,” Hunter says. “You can’t imagine the sound, because it’s never been done before. You need to hear it.”

“The Lucky One” was produced by Ed Abbiati, leader of the Pavia, Italy-based band Lowlands (http://lowlandsband.com/) The Philadelphia-based band for “The Lucky One” consists of Mike “SloMo” Brenner, who also co-produced, on lap steel, bassist John Cunningham, drummer Mark Schreiber, singers Jess McDowell and Meaghan Kyle of No Good Sister, and engineer Peter Rydberg.

“The Lucky One” is available worldwide as a digital download or CD from CDBaby.com, Amazon, and iTunes. For more information on Richard Hunter’s “The Lucky One,” contact Turtle Hill Productions (turtlehill@earthlink.net), visit hunterharp.com, tweet to @lightninrick, or search Facebook for @RichardHuntersTheLuckyOne.