Long John Hunter

Swinging From The Rafters

Swinging From The Rafters
14 shots of hard-driving, guitar-powered energy from the boss of West Texas blues, with a charging horn section. "This is the blues your parents warned you about...the ability to start a party with a single riff"--CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

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Long John Hunter, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar and Vocals

The Walking Catfish:

Mark Hamm, Keyboards*
Kevin Brown, Saxophones#<...
Long John Hunter, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar and Vocals

The Walking Catfish:

Mark Hamm, Keyboards*
Kevin Brown, Saxophones#
Dave Keown, Bass
Kevin Taylor, Drums
with
Derek O'Brien, Rhythm Guitar, Guitar Solos on I Don't Care and V-8 Ford
Mark 'Kaz' Kazanoff, Tenor Sax on Time And Time Again, I Don't Care, Both Ends Of The Road, Bugs On My Window, Trouble On The Line, V-8 Ford, I'm Broke and Love Prevails; Harmonica on Locksmith Man
Martin Banks, Trumpet on Time And Time Again
Gary Slechta, Trumpet on I Don't Care, Both Ends Of The Road, Bugs On My Window, V-8 Ford, I'm Broke and Love Prevails
Les Iz Moore, Baritone Sax on Time And Time Again, I Don't Care, Bugs On My Window, Trouble On The Line, V-8 Ford, I'm Broke and Walking Catfish
James Polk, Keyboards on Bugs On My Window and Love Prevails
Kevin Taylor, Vocal backgrounds on I'm Broke
#Kevin Brown plays Tenor, Alto and Baritone Sax on Stop What You're Doing, Take It Home With You and 39 Days; Tenor Sax solo on Trouble On The Line, Tenor Sax on V-8 Ford and I'm Broke; Baritone Sax on Walking Catfish and Love Prevails

Produced by Tary Owens and Jon Foose
Executive Producers: Steve and Deborah Jeter
Willy Owens, Associate Producer
Recorded and mixed by Jim Watts
Recorded at GM Lone Star Studios, Austin, TX and Mark Hamm Studios, Abilene, TX
Remixes supervised by Mark Kazanoff
Engineering assistance (Abilene) by Mark Hamm
Arrangements by Mark 'Kaz' Kazanoff and Derek O'Brien (Austin)
Arrangements by The Walking Catfish (Abilene)
Photos by Jonny Cates
Band photo by John Dyer
Cover design by Matt Minde
Mastered by Bruce Iglauer and Jason Rau at Monster Disc, Chicago, IL

*Since the recording of this album, "Ruff" Rufner has replaced Mark Hamm
as keyboardist for The Walking Catfish. Special thanks to The Alligator Staff, Ed Solley, Jonny Cates, Keith Weeks, Andrew Halbreich, wives and families of The Walking Catfish, James Polk, Greg Jacklewicz, Pam and Malcolm Nichols, Jim Richmond and all the folks at United Bank and Trust of Abilene.


Liner Notes

"Hunter's one of those typically unknown-everywhere-but-Texas legends which seem to enter our World from some parallel Lone Star universe, fully formed and with supernova brilliance" --PULSE "Hunter's ability is too big just for Texas" --CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"Texas has produced many a great blues guitarist, from T-Bone Walker, Johnny "Guitar" Watson and Gatemouth Brown to Freddie King, Johnny Winter and of course Stevie Ray Vaughan. The latest addition to that prestigious list is Long John Hunter" --BEAT

"A raw, feral talent bursting with energy" -- LOS ANGELES TIMES

"Just listen to this guy play! --BILLY GIBBONS

THESE are just a few of the comments that you can hear when you enter Long John Hunter's "Lone Star Universe." "Overnight success" is another one. And with all the press, all the national and international touring and all the radio play that he's earned in the last two years, that's sure what he seems to be. Of course, if you stay in Long John's Universe for a couple of hours, you would hear about the Lobby Bar in Juarez, Mexico, where he was an 'overnight sensation' from nine at night "till the rooster crowed" for more than a decade. It was there that he earned his Texas-wide reputation, as he literally swung from the rafters (and sometimes even walked around on them) playing his guitar with one hand.

Talk about knowing how to swing....
With his debut on Alligator, Border Town Legend , thankfully, he has finally been able to share his talents with audiences from New York to Hawaii, from coast to coast, and from border to border. But no matter how far he's gotten from Texas, he's never gotten very far from his roots. Even on his first trip to Europe, three fans came up to him and said, "Hey Long John... remember me from the Lobby?"

Stay in his world just a little bit longer, when the press and fans have left, and you are sure to hear the phrase, "...with all this attention, when I get down from up there on stage, I'm still just John."

It was with this humility that his first two releases, Ride With Me (soon to be re-released on Alligator) and Border Town Legend, were recorded. He wanted the music to be center stage, with brassy horns for joy, good rhythm and piano grooves for the foundation. For Swinging From The Rafters , his producers asked him to come front and center and record an album that had all of that, but this time, could he really cut loose on his guitar like he used to...when he was swinging from the rafters in Juarez? "Why sure! I'll try," he replied. And with a little secret laugh behind his big Texas grin, as he stepped into the studio, he said, halfway to himself, "If you think that's what the people want."

Oh, yeah, Johnny. That's what we want. -- Steve Jeter

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"A top notch singer, guitarist and unbridled wildman performer...a raw, feral talent bursting with energy"
- AUSTIN CHRONICLE



    Track Name Duration  
Play Preview 1 Time And Time Again
Author/Publisher:  Hunter, Owens & Foose, Texas Tiger Publ./ Red Drum Music, BMI
4:23
Play Preview 2 I Don't Care
Author/Publisher:  D. Roberts & Hunter, Texas Tiger Publ., BMI
3:20
Play Preview 3 Stop What You're Doing
Author/Publisher:  Hunter, Foose, Owens & Jeter, Texas Tiger Publ./ Red Drum Music, BMI
3:25
Play Preview 4 Both Ends Of The Road
Author/Publisher:  Hunter, Owens, Foose & Jeter, Texas Tiger Publ./ Red Drum Music, BMI
5:01
Play Preview 5 Bugs On My Window
Author/Publisher:  Hunter, Owens & Foose, Texas Tiger Publ./Red Drum Music, BMI
3:23
Play Preview 6 Take It Home With You
Author/Publisher:  Hunter, Foose & Owens, Texas Tiger Publ./Red Drum Music, BMI
3:58
Play Preview 7 Trouble On The Line
Author/Publisher:  Foose & Bentley, Red Drum Music, Eurastis Music, BMI
4:58
Play Preview 8 In The Country
Author/Publisher:  Hunter, Owens, Foose & Jeter, Texas Tiger Publ./ Red Drum Music, BMI
4:47
Play Preview 9 V-8 Ford
Author/Publisher:  Love, Globe Music, BMI
3:38
Play Preview 10 39 Days
Author/Publisher:  David Keown, Jaded Bum Music., Bmi
3:09
Play Preview 11 I'm Broke
Author/Publisher:  Taylor, Hunter & Jeter, Texas Tiger Publ., BMI
5:00
Play Preview 12 Walking Catfish
Author/Publisher:  Hunter, Owens & Foose, Texas Tiger Publ./Red Drum Music, BMI
4:02
Play Preview 13 Locksmith Man
Author/Publisher:  Hunter, Owens, Foose & Jeter, Texas Tiger Publ./ Red Drum Music, BMI
2:56
Play Preview 14 Love Prevails
Author/Publisher:  Owens, Red Drum Music, BMI
4:48
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