April 04, 2008

Chai-rista's Weekend

It tells you what kind of week it's been when I can't get around to describing last weekend until Friday. Yes - the blood-dimmed tide is loosed in academe this time of year and it's a hell of a thing keeping the corpses off the beach. But I digress.

Last weekend I went out with my brothers to see Unknown Hinson play in Greensboro, North Carolina. Unknown is from North Carolina - if you grew up there you'd recognize his exaggerated Piedmont accent at once. His weird country / vampire stage-gimmick was described by a friend of mine as "Eddie Munster plays the axe." He calls himself "the king of country-western troubadours," and sings the most hilarious, bizarre and bent country lyrics ever.

The Unknown Hinson character is played by studio musician and voice actor Danny Baker - according to Wikipedia - and he does it with absolute genius. If you like underground / cult / country music you've got to check out his MySpace page where you can hear him interviewed by clicking "Love on Command."

"I want your love on command
It's communism if you don't obey
I want your love on command
It's unAmerican for you to act this way."

His web site describes him as "wowing audiences with his outrageous and campy, white-trash persona and freewheeling, sleazy tone."

But - awesome as this is - this is far from the best thing about him. Hinson absolutely blisters a guitar. He serenaded with his own country/western tunes and then segued brilliantly into scorching versions of Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles. My brothers and I had a blast at the Unknown Hinson show.

Click here to take a look at the four smokin' video clips Brother Snackpack made while we were there. (Scroll down a bit to see the other three.)

Good times!

Posted by Chai-Rista at April 4, 2008 10:19 AM | TrackBack

Peace, Love and Hard Liquor baby!! Woooo!!!

Posted by: The Groceries at April 4, 2008 11:17 AM

Sorry I couldn't have been with you and the bros, etc., looks like a great time had by all!

Many thanks to brother snackpack for the fab videos, too!

Posted by: keysunset at April 4, 2008 11:20 AM