Anyone who knows me also knows that I do very little without the accompaniment of music. I wake up, and it’s on. I hop in the car, and the first thing I do is plug in that auxiliary cord. I never exercise, get ready for the day, or work without some kind of musical companionship, whether it be that of Phoenix or Sinatra or New Order.
So, the opportunity to finally see The Hunts play live after having heard so much about them since arriving at Southern Virginia was one that I could not pass up. The Hunts are a charismatic (and stylish: seriously, look at them) family of seven musicians from the Chesapeake, Va., area. Now on their most expansive tour yet, they returned to Southern Virginia, where they’ve played multiple times in years past and where they were welcomed back as old friends.
One of the most obvious charms of The Hunts is the familial way they… exist. They all sing, they all play, they give shout-outs to their parents and tease each other on stage. They’re irresistibly homegrown — they “play” a dining room chair, for Pete’s sake. Call me old-fashioned, but I would find it impossible to dislike such down-to-earth and charming people.
Throw in the fact that their music is so enjoyable that I’ve listened to it every day since, and their appeal is even greater. Reminiscent of the folk feel of The Lumineers or The Head and the Heart but with an incredible classical violin influence, The Hunts have created a sound that can induce excited clapping and stomping while making you want to just lean back and close your eyes and feel.
And, of course, the appreciation they obviously have for Southern Virginia endears them to the university community even more. Sharing stories about beloved Southern Virginia “Green Machine” shirts and fond memories of our campus, The Hunts made it quite clear to us that though we were all there to see them, they were happy to see us again, too.
If you haven’t listened to their music, do. If you haven’t seen this video, do. And if you ever have the chance to see them live, take it. You’ll be amazed by their talent and stunned by their charm, and I can almost guarantee that you’ll wish you could be their best friend. Such is the nature of this special family.
For more information, head to www.thehuntsmusic.com
(Post by Madeleine Gail Rex ’16. Photos by Jordan Wunderlich ’15.)