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No "Idol" Time For Van Hunt

Of the Oakland Press

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Eclectic R&B singersongwriter Van Hunt is managed by “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson. But he says the two don’t send much time debating the merits of the TV show’s individual contestants.

“We don’t really talk about it at all,” says Hunt, 28, who released his second album, “On the Jungle Floor,” in April. “You can talk to Randy and it’ll take you 20 minutes to realize this guy has complete control over his life. He knows exactly what ‘American Idol’ is, juxtaposed against him being the one-time bass player for Bob Dylan and all he’s been involved in.

“And he realizes exactly what needs to happen for me in my career. He’s always said it’s going to take three or four albums for anyone to understand where I’m coming from. We’re halfway through that campaign. He looks at it as a revolution, and he says every revolution takes time.”

Ohio native Hunt, who now lives in Atlanta, indeed comes from an individual place, infl uenced as much by Dylan as Prince or Sly & the Family Stone. “On the Jungle Floor” nods to his broad influences with a version of “No Sense of Crime,” originally done by Michigan rockers the Stooges.

“I’m just a big, big Stooges fan,” says Hunt. “I love the fearlessness that Iggy Pop has. I heard this song and it was really melodic; you don’t usually hear something quite as soft from them. So I thought it might be cool to try it, and I really liked the way it came out.”

Van Hunt performs with Brand New Heavies on Tuesday (July 11th) at St. Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit

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