Music Industry News Network [08-03-2018]

Hot New Country Duo Hunt & Bankey Reach The Top Of The Charts


Still basking in the glow of the success of her hit holiday tune, “Christmas Without You” (Patsy Cline’s Lost Christmas Song), Indie country star Luanne Hunt now has another smash single to add to her accomplishments - “Lightning In A Bottle.” The song, a duet with Sioux City, Iowa singer/songwriter Steven Bankey, reached No. 1 this week on the New Music Weekly chart.

“Luanne Hunt is a true, country star on the rise and ‘Lightning In A Bottle’ is yet another milestone in her amazing and fast-growing career,” said the Band Camp Diaries. “Along with her new ‘partner in crime’, Steven Bankey, Luanne has created a masterful piece of music.”

According to Hunt, who is signed to Star 1 Records, “‘Lightning In A Bottle” offers a fresh take on the traditional sounds of country music, adding in elements of contemporary country, blues and even surf rock. It will be included on her 14th studio CD, “Backroads, Bottles and Blues,” which is set for release on Star 1 Records in September.

“Luanne's music is a combination of traditional country, folk, and blues with a few surprises that creates her own unique musical stamp,” said Laura Patterson, owner of Star 1 Records. “Her production value is second to none, which will perk the ears of any listener that crosses her path.”

The story of “Lightning In A Bottle” began when Hunt met Bankey in 2016 when she hired him to back her up on guitar at the annual National Old Time Music Festival in Le Mars, Iowa. One thing led to another and they sat down for a co-writing session on “Lightning In A Bottle,” which Hunt’s husband Steve Hunt had already started to write days before.

“It is always exciting to collaborate with other musicians and songwriters,” said Bankey, who has been a mainstay on the Iowa music scene for over a decade, playing in clubs with numerous bands. “Working with Luanne, we dove deeper into traditional country music than I ever had before and I am pleased with the result.”

Along with its New Music Weekly success, “Lightning In A Bottle” became a No. 1 hit on the UK’s premier Airplay Express country chart earlier this year and also received an American Songwriting Award in the Country category in June. A line dance for the tune was recently created called, “The Lightning Shuffle.”

"When Steven and I got together for that first co-writing session, I don't think either one of us imagined the song would reach the level of success that it has," said Hunt, host of the exciting, new celebrity podcast, "Luanne's Land." "Life is full of surprises and this has been one of the biggest on my creative journey"

Throughout her illustrious career, Hunt has built an impressive list of accomplishments. She is best known for her chart-topping single, “Christmas Without You,” which was recently named by Sweden’s largest daily newspaper, Dagens Nyheter, one of the Top 25 Christmas Songs of All-Time.

The Apple Valley, CA resident, who was recently inducted into the Independent Superstars Country Music Hall of Fame in South Africa, also is a three-time American Songwriting Awards winner. In addition, two of her songs landed on the 2009 Grammy ballot.


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