Looking somewhat like Dracula’s nasty little brother who spent some hard years drinking and working as a carnival barker for a second-rate freak show, Unknown Hinson translates that vibe to his style of country and western-tinged psychobilly. The band is now touring nationwide, wowing audiences with outrageous and campy, white-trash persona and freewheeling, sleazy tone.
Hinson’s most recent CD release, “Live and Undead”, melds weepy twang, searing guitar riffs and lyrics that speak of love-gone-bad. Recorded at a sold-out show, an enthusiastic honky tonk crowd sings along with the King on every song.Raucous, theatrical and over-the-top, Unknown Hinson isn’t just for the trailer park set anymore!
Unknown is gaining notoriety in the 18-34 demographic as the voice of lead character “Early Cuyler” in the popular show from Cartoon Network – “The Squidbillies”. The first four seasons were so well-received that an immediate green light was given to future seasons.
Unknown Hinson is a winner in Independent Music Awards for his entry alternative Country track “Torture Town” from the album “Target Practice”. http://www.musiciansatlas.com Unknown Hinson is a featured artist for Reverend Guitars, representing them in many Guitar Player Magazine features. A signature Unknown Hinson guitar is currently part of Reverend’s celebrity instrument lineup. http://www.reverendguitars.com Rockabilly Magazine named Unknown Hinson as their “Find of the Year” http:// www.rockabillymagazine.com Live interviews with Unknown Hinson along with his music are broadcast nationally on XM Radio’s National Lampoon channel. (XM 154 along with FM radio partners). http://www.nationallampoonradio.com/
Sirius XM – Outlaw Radio has Hinson’s tunes in regular rotation. He’s toured with Hank3, Rev. Horton Heat, the Boxmasters and Willie Nelson.Appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live and other syndicated programming round out the list.
Hinson seems to collect quite a few celebrity fans. Billy Bob Thornton names Unknown as “one of my favorite songwriters and a genius picker”. Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons) labels Unknown as a “guitar maniac (and funny as hell to boot!)” Hank3 has Unknown’s face tattooed on his bicep! Unknown was asked to join The Rolling Stones for sound check at their last show in Charlotte, NC. You must witness the encounter with Ed King (Lynyrd Skynyrd) in Nashville (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbFx0STLKqQ). You’ll find Unknown Hinson’s music everywhere from Snoop Dogg’s movie “LA Spectacular” to the newest version of the action-adventure open world video game “Saints Row 3”.
“Country music as it was meant to be played…”
– Jim Derogatis
…dynamite harmonies and honest storytelling. At the heart of the band’s formidable talent is the ability to write no-frills house-rockers.
– Jay Breitling – Splendid
…there’s a snappy, fierce, Jason & the Scorchers-like energy in their songs that really comes out live, with shards of punk flying off their hard-drinking honky-tonk.
– Monica Kendrick – Chicago Reader
…superb debut, “Ain’t Inventin’ the Wheel,” … received critical kudos and led to the band’s status as a popular live attraction
– Tim Shellberg – NWI Times
Chicago’s Siderunners fondly remember the early days of Bloodshot Records and the so-called “insurgent country” movement. The difference between Ain’t Inventin’ the Wheel and its forebears is that the Siderunners eschew any veneer of irony…
– Michael Toland – High Bias
This album isnt your glitzy and glamorous Tim McGraw or Faith Hill country, this is your grandpas country where the boys drink whiskey from dirty glasses and chase it down with an ice-cold beer in a smoky bar.
– Randle Stevens – Innocent Words
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JOHN BALLANTYNE’S CRAZY HEART
Although he’s the leader of a rowdy honky-tonk band, John Ballantyne is also becoming recognized as one of Chicago’s premier country songwriters. Ballantyne was born and raised in Scotland, though you’d never know it from his earthy vocal delivery and snarling lead guitar. Both resonate with the twang and raunch of classic country and Americana.
Besides being staples of the Chicago country music circuit, John and his band Crazy Heart (Gus Noble, Leslie Walle-Santos and Mike Fleming) regularly bring their high-energy honky-tonk sound back home for tours of Scotland, including main stage appearances at the prestigious, award-winning Tiree Music Festival.