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UNKNOWN HINSON

and WAYNE THE TRAIN HANCOCK

May 18

8:00 pm

Stuart Daniel Baker, better known by his stage name, Unknown Hinson, is an American comedic country musician, songwriter, and voice actor. He is perhaps best known for his role as the voice of Early Cuyler on the Adult Swim animated series Squidbillies.OriginsStuart Daniel Baker, a music teacher and studio musician from Albemarle, North Carolina, created his alter-ego for The Wild¬†Wild South, a Charlotte area public-access program that featured comedy sketches and concert footage. Baker, along with co-star Don Swan, played the characters of Unknown Hinson and Rebel Helms. After Swan’s death in 1995, Baker created “The Unknown Hinson Show”, a direct spin-off of “The Wild Wild South”. The Unknown Hinson Show won Creative Loafing Charlotte’s “Best Of” poll for Best Public-Access Television Show four years in a row. After the series ended, Baker continued in his role as Unknown Hinson, performing live concerts and releasing several recordings.

 

WAYNE THE TRAIN HANCOCK:

Wayne has been called “The King of Juke Joint swing,” a “Roots Renaissance Man,” a “Country Singer’s Country Singer” and “Hank Williams meets Gershwin.” But the¬†phrase most frequently echoed throughout his career is “Wayne Hancock is the real deal.” Joe Ely said it, Hank Williams III said it, Bobby Koefer from the Texas Playboys said it, as have countless music fans and writers when referring to Hancock’s authentic and original blend of honky tonk, western swing, blues and big band that he calls “juke joint swing!”

Authenticity and sincerity have been the cornerstones of Hancock’s writing and music since the start of his career. His refusal to compromise his vision and sell out his music has earned him a fiercely loyal underground following.

Hancock’s vision, as he puts it, is “to bring people together and make them feel good about music. It’s a spiritual thing and without spirituality, you’ve got nothin’. There ain’t much on the radio that strikes me as being original or from the heart, most of it’s from the pocketbook and it shows.”

Wayne is proud of his rural roots and culture and has thoroughly absorbed the spirit of country music’s forefathers such as Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers. Never a mere imitator, the cutting-edge style that emerges is every bit his own. He breathes youth and driving energy into traditional country forms and adds a dash of big band horns, boogie woogie piano, scorching rockabilly beats, heavenly Hawaiian steel licks and some wigged-out hillbilly jazz guitar.

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