Nashville Singer, Songwriter and Best Selling Author, Robert Hunter is will be performing and signing copies of his new novel Relapse: A Love Story at BookSmart!
The reclusive rocker with an alt-country vibe who gave us the songs “Wasted and Sober,” and “Outta My Mind”, appeared destined, at the time, to will his way into the music industry with a plan and a purpose. “Afterglow” was a record that seemed to defy all the latest trends. His sound is gritty and authentic. It’s unique in this day of computerized instruments. And yet, perhaps not surprisingly, he managed to find an audience. Robert then scored with his hits “Gone for Good” and "Ditto Baby". Both reached the FM bands and garnered over one hundred thousand music video views – all while he claimed not to have, or want, any major label representation. We were all waiting for the tour and what would come next.
Then months of silence.
When we reached out to Robert, he shared with us that his wife, Becky, had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, just before the “Afterglow” album was set for release. Robert said, it sent him sideways but also inspired him.
“She’s just the most loving, patient and kind girl I’ve ever known. Life is so unfair. But Becky doesn’t see it that way. She never did. She says we’ve been chosen by God to endure this. I didn’t believe her at first. I spent a lot of time questioning everything. Those were the darkest days of my life.”
“What brought you out of it?” We asked.
“She did!” he said. “It’s strange because I was supposed to be the one trying to save her. But she was, all along, saving me. She told me not to give up, to keep writing and publish this crazy story I’ve been working on – Relapse. And to make another record. Eventually, I had no choice but to listen. Becky was bald -and beautiful- and promising me that everything was going to be OK.”
Robert says that the only thing that mattered was the cure and the doctors worked miracles. It’s a heartfelt story you’d have to hear to believe.
While in recovery, Robert and Becky focused on the road ahead. They disappeared to the mountains several times, got lost on purpose, and gained a lot of perspective. There, Robert finished the novel he says is, “Absolutely the most ludicrous thing you will ever read. But Becky endorses it.”
He got a publisher, finished the new record in Nashville - and then started to plan a fifty states in fifty two week tour, as per Becky's request.
The nationwide “Relapse + Revival” tour is about much more than promoting a book and a record. It’s a chance for the dynamic pair to see the whole country and have a grand adventure – just like Becky hoped for, when she was in treatment.
Now Becky is in remission – and the future has never looked brighter! The couple have been on the road since March 31, 2018. Now more than nine months into their adventure with thirty nine states visited and over 75,000 miles on their RV, you can see Robert Hunter perform acoustically – live – here at Book Smart, in Morgan Hill, Sunday March 10 from 7PM-8:30PM. And meet Becky, the courageous and tenacious girl, who inspired Relapse, Revival and everything after. Admission is FREE and guests will receive a FREE copy of Robert’s album Revival with each Relapse book purchase. Questions, please call (408) 778-6467.
Follow Robert Hunter and Becky on Facebook and Instagram @roberthuntermusic, and at www.RelapseandRevival.com.