Hunter Gill is a brand new figure to the country rock and americana scene, but upon your first listen you’ll feel like he’s been ever present in the country world. With an undefined and understated style of confidence, The Florida born singer-songwriter has a whirlwind back story, and attracted the attention of acclaimed producer Tim Mitchell (Shakira) with an original idea. This conspired into the events of Hunter’s life as he has a story to tell unlike no other, resulting in a debut album being born and created in Tim’s studio. The two instantly clicked and Hunter began getting vocal lessons alongside recording, which has unleashed an instantly recognisable vocal that will strike a chord with any avid country listener.
The first installment of Gill’s work is ‘Glide’, a powerful country rock anthem. The song begins with what sounds like Hunter himself in conversation, talking about the experience of getting aboard an airboat for the first time. Hunter’s scintillating vocal then enters, with the ever present acoustic guitar playing switching between G and C, bringing that positive and uplifting atmosphere. A song about keeping on and whenever you feel like the world is against you, take a trip to the Everglades to refresh your mind and soul.
The constant sense of being uplifted is amplified in the chorus of ‘Glide’, with a female gospel choir formatting a very fitting backing vocal. The production perfectly compliments the whole track, subtly blending together the genres of country and soft rock with ease. And with the enchanting male vocal throughout, the whole premise of the track will stick in your mind on repeat. ‘When everything falls through the cracks, and all your dreams are under attack’ bellows as the chorus builds and builds with each one, with added synths and strings giving it that sprinkling modern touch. Hunter’s vocal then really comes to the fore in the middle eight, showcasing his range and ability, before the song draws to a soft, melancholic close.
With this being Hunter Gill’s debut single, it is more than clear that there is plenty more to come from him this year. With an album set in stone and on the horizon, there is no doubt that he fits the mould of the modern troubadour country singers of today.
Hunter Gill explains the meaning behind ‘Glide’:
“Glide is about going through life with it’s ups and downs and getting back up when you fall or something goes wrong and always knowing it’s going to be OK”.