Songs for the Weary

by Robert J. Hunter

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”Kicking off with a down and dirty blues riff, the tone is set before Rob’s bandmates, Gregg Sheffield (drums) and James Le Huray (bass), come in and give the whole thing a real thumping power trio vibe.. all topped off with Rob’s soulful howl that has been likened at times to Tom Waits, amongst others.” - Tom Girard, BBC Introducing

”This isn’t some copycat here this is a truly gifted original who just wears his influences on his sleeve. If only there were more like Hunter, as he brings back a lost art form for blues lovers and easy listening jazz lovers alike to really sink their ears into. This is one of those special talents that you don’t come across every day because they aren’t of the dime a dozen variety because they’re a rare breed and he is of their ilk.” - BandBlurb

”The sheer level of talent on this album is spectacular. From the pulsing, rustic, wild bluesy thud of overdriven guitars, to the primitive and electrified blues harp lines, “Songs for the Weary” will take you back to the smoke filled Chicago underground, laden with howling and desperate passion tempered through the essence of true agony and lived-in hardship. The songwriting is stark, stripped down, and rips through themes of melancholy, anger, and sadness with a unique brand of savage blues driven brutality that works through this album’s searing highs and tender lows.” - Vents Magazine

“The first thing that comes to mind when I hear this voice, is where has he been all my life? Yes, I’m a fan of the Tom Waits vocal sound(if you like him you will not be able to deny this), and that isn’t to say he’s otherwise anything like his, as he sticks to traditional and even contemporary blues to his credit. The gruff crooner in him is just the icing on the cake, as these are all fantastic songs which go the distance in establishing his capability to shine in a brighter light. The only band I’ve heard in years that sound like this are The Black Tongued Bells, from L.A., but this is on another level.” - Skope Magazine

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released 10 February 2015

All songs written by Robert J. Hunter

Recorded at Tardis, Guernsey, April 18th-21st, June 30th, August 25th, September 28th

Produced, Engineered, and Mixed by James Le Huray on The Babylon Soundsystem

Robert J. Hunter – Vocals, Guitar
Greg Sheffield – Drums & Percussion, Bass (4, 6, 9) Piano (11)
James Le Huray – Bass (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10) Keys (2, 3, 4, 6, 9)

Additional vocals - Gemma Honey (2, 8)
Harmonica - Shaun Shackleton (2, 9)

Gang vocals on Demons – Robert J. Hunter, Greg Sheffield, James Le Huray, Gemma Honey, Mark Le Gallez, Robert Battle

Cover Illustration – Robert J. Hunter
Design – James Gray

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Robert J. Hunter delivers a high energy, gruff, performance of dirty blues.

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