Solo artist extraordinaire, James Hunnicutt, embraced the terms craftsmanship and humility upon creating his latest release “99 Lives”.The album is laced with melancholy chords and lyrics that cut to the core of a personal angst, letting each song tell a story with an intimate meaning. One almost feels intrusive by the honesty displayed, but easily becomes entranced by the raw voice inviting you to listen. Sounding from another era, and impacted by genres across the board, Hunnicutt’s voice is Morrissey meets Johnny Cash accompanied only by an acoustic guitar.The title track, “99 Lives”, unveils his unrefined voice etched with pain, and every strum of the strings tugs at the heart.“Black Until Dawn” has a sweet delicacy in its tune, with a more technical guitar exposing inventive artistry. Roots and Rockabilly collide in the passionate cry of “My Pain”.“A Lonely Road”,“Past the Yard”, and “All or None” are other exceptional examples from the very real, no barriers allowed song writer.
- Kris Melton - Rockfist Reviews