This is the site of Sperry Hunt, Texas-born Singer-Songwriter of Contemporary Folk Music
Author of story songs drawn from his personal life and the troubles of others, in the tradition of John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Justin Townes Earl, Lyle Lovett, Tracy Chapman, Robert Earl Keen, Gordon Lightfoot, Jason Isbell, and Jeffery Foucault
News Flash! Story Songs by Sperry Hunt has just had its release concert in Port Townsend, WA. Video and photos will be available very soon.
“The Last Light,” the song below is in the voice of a father whose son took his own life.
Santa Fe County
The opening song on the album is three of many letters written over several years by a young man to his younger girlfriend back home in Texas. He has left her to become “The Poet of Santa Fe County.” Though his ambition costs him a life of love, it is a hard price he feels he must pay. The audio is an early mix.
In this video, the tenth cut on the album, only one of my hands is visible so the camera could capture these two extraordinary players: John “Grayhound” Maxwell (left, on dobro) and Jon Perry (center-right, on fiddle). It was filmed in Rainshadow Studio in Port Washington, Washington on 2/8/2020. It’s a Stagger Lee-like blues , born of a dream. The audio you hear is not the final tracks, but an earlier unmastered mix. We were crowded around a single bi-directional mic for the instruments and a super-cardioid mic for my vocal. Rainshadow is an acoustic Nirvana. At the end of the take, Jon looks above and asks, “Do the notes ever die in here?” The audio is an early mix.
The second song on the album is an apology to someone I treated poorly as a boy. The video was shot on 1/4/2019 at my regular Friday night show at the Caffeina Roasting Company in Boise, ID.
Door in the Dark
The sixth song on Story Songs, “Door in the Dark,” is a young man’s memory of his father, a drug smuggling pilot who spent years in prison. The song is based on a friend’s recollection of his own dad. The video starts with five seconds of silence. The audio is an early mix.
A partial reading of my screenplay Texas Dick
The final video is not related to the album. In the 80’s and 90’s I wrote six film scripts which include Texas Dick, Stealing Apollo, and Hello in There. All were represented. Two were optioned. None were produced. That’s show biz. But as Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”
Below is the script and video of a cold read of a portion of my Texas Dick script. A cold read, for those who haven’t heard the term, is a reading by actors who have never seen the script below. This kind of performance lets you see the actors’ natural reactions as they first encounter the lined. In the scenario two itinerant actors in floppy hats and tights have been found unconscious in the darkness along a remote West Texas highway. The men awake in the rural hospital at 1:00 AM believing that they are the Shakespearean characters the villainous Richard III and the pompous clown Sir John Falstaff from Henry IV. Hilarity ensues.
To read and print the script pages click this link:
To watch the video click the image below:
Header photos by Jim Gilmore