IF YOU GO

What: The Hunts concert


When: 7 p.m. Friday


Where: Henderson Fine Arts Center Performance Hall at San Juan College


Cost: Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors


More info: 505-566-3430.

FARMINGTON — When Jessi Hunt was 5 years old, her parents introduced her to the violin and guitar.

And she has been creating music with her family ever since.

The Hunts will come to Farmington on Friday. The nine members of the Hunt family -- seven children and their parents -- have been crowding into an RV and touring the country to perform since 2007. Jessi Hunt, the oldest of the Hunt children, said it's fun to be able to travel with her family.

"We're all best friends," she said.

And those travels still provide a lot of memories.

"A lot of the hardships that we go through on the road turn out to be some of the best memories," said Josh Hunt, Jessi Hunt's brother.

Jessi Hunt said the family describes their music as indie-folk.

"We love to write songs about childhood memories," she said.

However, she said they also sing about conquering fears and about journeys.

The process of writing songs usually starts with a jam session until the siblings get a chord pattern or melody they like. Then they will add lyrics. Josh and Jenni Hunt will leave the group to work on the lyrics while the others work on the instrumentation.

"I think we're the most productive then," Josh Hunt said.

However, individual members will also write songs.

For instance, Jessi Hunt described one of her favorite songs, "Beloved," which she wrote while going through a hard time.

"Those are the best songs, too, when your heart just needs to release something," she said.

Jessi Hunt said she picked up the banjo for the first time one night and wrote the song, which she said is "a prayer to the Lord."

"I was kind of in a desperate place and needed help from God," she said.

Josh Hunt also has favorite songs, such as "Morning Light."

"That one's just a really tender soft, beautiful song," Josh Hunt said.

He said it's hard for him to describe his attraction to music.

"It's kind of like its own music, and there are so many mysteries about it," he said.

While the Hunts are getting more well-known -- even attracting fan girls who travel three hours to see their shows -- Josh Hunt said writing music for him has always been about fulfilling his creative side and having a good time.

"We're writing music not to get rich or famous," he said.

While he has fun touring and performing, Josh Hunt said he looks forward to spending time at his home in Chesapeake, Va., where he isn't viewed as a celebrity.

"I'm a normal person there," Josh Hunt said.

Hannah Grover covers news, arts and religion for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and hgrover@daily-times.com. Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.