After years of hitting the road and performing small town gigs and festivals, The Hunts look like they’re about to hit it big. The Chesapeake band consisting of 7 siblings (twin sisters – Jenni and Jessie, brothers – Josh, Jonathan, Jordan, Justin and Jamison) grew up in a very musical household learning the violin from their classically trained mother, who ran a music school, and guitar from their dad. They covered everything from Irish folk tunes to Disney classics before starting to write their own material which they have been crafting their harmonic Americana-folk sound for the last decade.
The best way for an independent artist to get noticed and heard is to hit the road and that’s exactly what The Hunts did. They packed up their van and hit every corner of the country performing over 100 shows a year. They eventually caught the ear of producer Mark Carman, who invited them down to his studio in Nashville. That session turned into their debut album in 2012 titled We Were Young. That record quickly spread throughout the music industry and landed them a record deal with Cherrytree/Interscope Records.
Last year, they released their first Cherrytree EP – Life Was Simple – that featured the hit single, ‘Make This Leap’. The song made the playlist of many radio stations across the country and was even featured in a Milk Bone commercial. They also performed it on The Hampton Roads Show back in 2013.
The Hunts are not slowing down anytime soon as they are releasing their new full-length record – Those Younger Days – on June 9th. The album will feature 10 songs including the three tunes that appeared on Life Was Simple. They will soon hit the road to perform the record live and will kick things off April 17 at the College of William and Mary. They’ll also be performing at this year’s Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE, which was voted one of the best music festivals by Rolling Stone Magazine. They will be there Friday, June 19 with headliner Paul McCartney. Not too shabby.