CHESTERTON | Emotion and experience - along with a little toe tapping - fuel Gerry Hundt’s passion for playing music.
“There are two reasons I enjoy playing music. The first: playing music unifies emotion and experience for me. Anyone can play or smash an instrument and convey at least one emotion; it takes time both to experience the range of emotion and to learn how to convey that range in your music. The more I play and the older I get, the more beauty I find in nuance and subtlety,” he said. “The second: relieving people of their cares for a while is extraordinarily rewarding. Making folks groove, even just tapping a foot, is really what it’s all about.”
Hundt, who lives in Chesterton along with his wife and three children, grooves with his band, The Gerry Hundt Trio, and as a one-man-band.
“My band plays Chicago blues with some country, surf and Jazz thrown in whereas my one-man-band focuses more on acoustic Delta and finger-picking styles,” he said.
Hundt hits the stage from Madison, Wis., to Detroit, Mich., including regular appearances at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago. In the region, he can be heard at the Chesterton European Market, Leroy’s, Brando’s, Beer Geeks and Knuckleheads.
“I used to tour with a Chicago band, Nick Moss and The Flip-Tops, and we played all over the U.S. and Europe,” he said. “I’m actually headed over to Finland for a weekend in November to play some Helsinki blues.”
Hundt said Jimi Hendrix served as an inspiration for his musical career.
“I heard Jimi Hendrix’s ‘The Wind Cries Mary’ at a middle-school dance and was hooked. I was into The Cure and Guns & Roses - the stuff my friends liked (and I still do) - but Hendrix was the proverbial bolt of lightning,” he said. “I started playing the harmonica my junior year of high school after a sports injury left me sidelined, and it just snowballed on through the next decade. I started playing guitar, bass, drums, mandolin, keys, and, eventually, all of them together. Ha!”
Hundt is finalizing a new album of acoustic tunes with his band that will also feature duos with his friend, Ronnie Shellist.
“As far as the future, I intend to keep playing and growing as a musician. One of my instructors, a jazz cat named Fred Haas, once said, ‘Music defines time.’ I can think of few better ways to spend my time than playing the best music I can.”
To see Hundt’s complete schedule, visit www.steadygroove.com.