While procuring a brown-bagged beverage from my local depot last Friday, I overheard a fellow dressed like a hipster parody enthusing to his friend, “Peter and the Wolf is coming to Columbus!” It is unclear whether the friend knew why to be excited, but that’s to be expected given well-traveled Austin musician Red Hunter’s under-the-radar approach. Frankly, before this month I had never heard of the guy either. But a few hours with Hunter’s Bandcamp page (he also records as Traffique and Gender Infiniti) revealed a songwriter capable of wringing precious humanity from barely a strum and a whisper. His “US Tour of Ohio” hits Cleveland, Toledo and Oberlin this weekend before concluding Sunday at the Garden Theater with Saintseneca and Andrew Graham and Swarming Branch.
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