Charlie Hunter has been playing the guitar and performing for over 20 years, leaving his mark on American music, but no specific genre necessarily. He even plays custom made 7 and 8 string guitars, creating his own unique sound. Hunter will be playing alongside drummer Scott Mendola at their duo show at Eddie’s Attic on April 18th. After two critically acclaimed albums together, Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead and Pucker, the dynamic duo will be back on the road. “After 20 years of constant writing I figured it was time to take a break and explore the guitar again,” Hunter says. “I told Scott, if you’ve got enough music together we could make a record of your tunes. What I like is that it really fits right into what we’ve been doing all along, simple music with a lot of space. Scott’s not burdened by trying to be jazzy. He’s a drummer who’s really listening to everything with big ears. He was already driving the bus.” AMG chatted with Charlie Hunter briefly to learn more about his music and upcoming show at Eddie’s Attic.
How did you come to play your own hybrid bass/guitar instrument?
I just figured it wasn’t hard enough playing regular guitar for a living, so I had to make it a little harder on myself and do something different. I’ve been playing it for over 20 years now.
How would you describe your sound to someone you has never heard your music before?
Youtube. You’ll see what you need to figure out there.
What artists have inspired you the most throughout your career?
Too many to name
How do you connect with the crowd during your set?
The whole show is an interaction between us, so if I’m not I’m doing something wrong.
What would be your dream collaboration?
I don’t know. I’ve been pretty lucky in that department. You just work really hard and hope something cool comes around.
What is the most memorable show you’ve ever played?
I don’t have anything like that. It’s a daily operation. You just try to get better every day and hopefully you’re consistent.
What’s your take on the comeback of Vinyl records?
I like it. I love the way vinyl sounds, and I love listening to it. It’s great to have available to people, but it’s a hassle to travel with because it’s so big!
What can we look forward to at your Eddie’s Attic show coming up?
Hopefully that we play well!
Don’t miss Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola at Eddie’s Attic Friday, April 18th!
Doors at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: GA $20 in advance, $26 at the door. Table seats are $25 in advance and must be purchased in multiples of 4. Online and phone sales close at 6 p.m. day of show.