Gordy Hunt is a folk-blues-almost retro-pop-rock artist based in Michigan who just released his 14 track CD entitled “Seniority” in 2014. Many tracks feature some wonderful musicianship and warm, inviting feel. All in all it’s a solid effort that encourages repeat listens.The songwriting here aims to promote more positive messages than what we hear on the radio these days.
The overall vibe I get is this artist is holding nothing back, thus steering clear of reducing songs to sanitized versions of themselves. The first few songs (Looking Forward to Your Love), (Mary Lynn) and (Love Circus) hit the deck running as this bursts to life via well-appointed movements, soulful-rock vibe and a warm vocal presence up front. Also present are tight harmonies and consistent groove-ridden rhythm guitar and rhythm section. In my opinion this project features 2 main ingredients: Hunt on vocals and the guitar. To me these 2 personify the core sound of retro pop. This may sound stupid – but it’s amazing to me how valuable these 2 instruments have been over the last 50 years, however it’s what you do with those 2 instruments that matters. Having said that Hunt’s songwriting that is the key ingredient that makes all of this work oh so well. All 3: voice, guitar, writing are finely balanced within the mix. The vocal range of Hunt is especially appealing to the higher registry are artfully defined while still layered quite nicely within the pocket. He has much to offer insofar as passion, grit and power without falling into the vocalist-with-supporting-arrangement trap. With standout tracks like (Lady Behind the Lenz), (Love Circus) and (Only with You). All 14 movements stimulate the senses. One can’t help but admire how all the instruments (4 piece core) and musical styles are distributed masterfully within this 14 track record. My favorite track is probably “Mr. and Mrs. Greene”
by David White