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Tracie Hunter & Joe Elliott


CD single

Well if you’re after rock pedigree, I would venture that embracing the hard-rockin’ vocalist daughter of Mott The Hoople mainman Ian Hunter plus the singer from Def Leppard AND that outfit’s ace guitarist Phil Collen ticks all the boxes !  Add to that Quireboys keys man Keith Weir and from the ingredients, this cut ought to rock.

The song ‘Junkman’ was originally recorded by dad Ian Hunter and the fiery US singer Genya Ravan. Her history takes in punchy pop in Goldie & the Gingerbreads and then time with soul-psych lost legends Ten Wheel Drive and it’s easy to see that Ravan might be an influence on Ms Hunter. I saw Tracie play an enjoyable own gig a few years back – she gave me a current single that I still have – and she does command the stage, no doubt about that. She has power without shouting, her main gift in my opinion.

An ebow’d guitar floats over a stately acoustic strum intro and Hunter’s slightly husky vocal spins the tale, answered @ 1:20 by Joe Elliott’s best Rod-meets-Dylan singing. If radio played ‘Up Where We Belong’ the Joe Cocker /Jennifer Warnes duet, then there’s no real reason they shouldn’t play this. Both singers sound top notch and soulful, the guitar solo is appropriate in a kind of mid-term Whitesnake fashion and the rhythm restful and listenable.  Tracie Hunter is easily as good as most female rock singers and better than most, so let’s have this promised third album from her please…

Pete Sargeant

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