When: Thu., Dec. 9, 9:30 p.m. 2010
A five-piece rock band with an ear for hooks, Wylie Hunter & The Cazadores manage to deliver deeply personal songs while avoiding woe-is-me territory. Failed relationships and an uncertain future fuel reflections that transform into soaring declarations of perseverance and hope. Hunter embodies the youthful exhilaration of his music, having dropped out of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro at age 19 to pursue music after reading biographies of Springsteen, Dylan and Hendrix. "I realized most of the people that I admired had had this place where they basically stepped off the cliff," he says. With that in mind, Hunter moved to Atlanta as an acoustic singer-songwriter and even got signed to a major label, but things didn't pan out.
Disillusioned with his acoustic beginnings, Hunter relocated to Chapel Hill with a new mission: "I wanted to play those rock songs that really grab you—hooks." Piecing together a band through friendships and chance encounters at open-mic nights, The Cazadores were born. With Hunter at the helm, the crescendos and crashes of songs mirror the peaks and valleys of life. In those quiet moments, Hunter says, "People are almost in this fever because they just want to hear something rocking." Then keyboards grow, drums pick up, electric guitar rings out, and everything is right in an unsure world. Crowfield opens. —Andrew Ritchey