Second album success gives Dave the blues

Horncastle musician Dave Hunt EMN-150607-110916001
Horncastle musician Dave Hunt EMN-150607-110916001

A Horncastle blues musician has become an overnight sensation – after spending almost 50 years in the music business.

Dave Hunt has spent a lifetime travelling throughout Europe playing with a host of bands, but it was only when he retired back to Horncastle that he made a real name for himself.

At the age of 64, his second album Whiskey and Demons has taken the blues world by storm and is getting air play in the USA, Canada, Australia and many more countries.

And this week, the album – an exciting mix of delta blues, southern rock and harmonica driven rhythm and blues – has reached number 10 in the IBBA (Independent Blues Broadcasters Association) top 100.

It is also in the top five albums for July, which means all IBBA members are committed to give it air time.

“It’s just crazy at the moment,” said Dave, who has written all the tracks.

“The album has been really well-received and the studio has already said they want a third album.

“It’s like being an overnight success, but after 50 years.

“The daft thing is people listen to the music and download it, but they have no idea I am 64 years old.”

It was only last year that Dave released his first album, after music he had posted on YouTube was picked up by producer Andy Littlewood.

“I couldn’t believe it when Andy contacted me about making an album – I thought someone was joking,” said Dave, who was nominated for the British Blues Awards 2014.

Box Full of Blues went really well, so he asked me to do another album. I guess the big thing to get across is you are never too old.”

Both Whisky and Demons and Dave’s first album Box Full of Blues are now available from Horncastle Music Shop, as well as online.