Hutch Hutchinson (Bonnie Raitt Band)

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When he first heard the Wilson Pickett Band on stage in a small New England town when he was 12, James Hutchinson knew exactly what he wanted to do in life!

A versatile multi-instrumentalist who doubles on upright, and extended range, Hutch plies his craft with an extensive array of tones and techniques to serve the singer and their songs – which is why he is among the elite session players of his generation.

Hutch was hatched in Lynn, Massachusetts, and as a young lad, he soaked up the sounds of the 60s folk boom in Cambridge and Sommerville. He honed his craft working in jam bands throughout the Bay Area, and Latin ensembles San Francisco’s Mission District wherein local legends Micky Hart (Grateful Dead) and John Cipollina (Quicksilver Messenger Service) took him under their respective wings. Cipollina tabbed John for his Copperhead debut slab and ensemble in 1970.

Dig Hutch live with Copperhead “Kamakaze” https://youtu.be/w3bXsDtTlcA

Spending significant time in Central America recording and doing live dates, Hutch landed in Austin with the fusion collective The Point – where they garnered the Top Jazz Group honors at the inaugural Austin Music Awards in 1977. There he met the Neville Brothers, who brought him to New Orleans wherein Hutch anchored the Nevilles along with such local acts as The Lastie Brothers, Professor Longhair, James Booker, Jesse Hill, Huey Smith, and The Wild Tchoupitoulas, among others. Hutchinson met Bonnie when the Neville Brothers opened for the Stones on their ‘82 tour, and the rest as they say, is Hutch history….

 A first call session cat / sideman with Bonnie Raitt – he’s anchored her touring ensemble since 1983 or thereabouts. Hutch’s credits on stage and on record include the aforementioned Neville Brothers and their ‘Nawlins neighbors along with Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Jerry Lee Lewis, Stevie Nicks, CSN&Y, Al Green, Alejandro Escovedo, Jackson Browne, Joe Cocker, BB King, Merle Haggard, Eric Burdon, and Boz Scaggs, to cite a very, very, very few.

Among Hutch’s extensive bass collection is his beloved Signature Kala Electric U Bass.

Dig Hutch on the Kala with Abraham Laboriel, Steve Baily, and Bathiki Kumalo https://youtu.be/xXKMo0cAujo

Hutch talks U Bass https://youtu.be/doKO0XdqjHM

Courtesy Kala Bass Com Courtesy Kala Bass Com

Courtesy Kala Bass Com

Dig Hutch with Bonnie:

“Love Sneakin’ Up Behind You” https://youtu.be/74JyGKvfAp0

“Burning Down the House” https://youtu.be/eqJcCmxZYdM

“Right Down the Line” https://youtu.be/-T_aMNbXVdA

With Eric Burdon “Soul of a Man” https://youtu.be/yGBmDUU4NFM

With Boz Scaggs “Some Change” https://youtu.be/EaQ8H729kBE

With Roy Orbison “You’re The One” https://youtu.be/2u6lNOgZgJY

With Ringo “Weight of the World” https://youtu.be/k_S77XSXDe8

Courtesy Bonnie Raitt Com Courtesy Bonnie Raitt Com

Courtesy Bonnie Raitt Com