The campy psychobilly persona that is Unknown Hinson was a sensation Saturday night at the Greene Street Club in Greensboro. With a look that makes you wonder if he's Eddie Monster's long lost brother, Unknown Hinson is as authentic and unique as they come, aside from his painted on eyebrows and ghoulishly styled pompadour that is. If you've never seen an Unknown Hinson show then you have obviously come for the curiosity factor which is embellished by his distant gaze and gloved outstretched arms as he leans forward and gives the audience a big virtual hug before picking up his beautifully crafted guitar (complete with bats on the frets and his logo and signature as decoration). But once he has plugged in and throws down the first licks on the strings you realize you are about to witness a masterful performance that is as intoxicating as it is mesmerizing.
Hinson's vocals are a blend of natural rockabilly and blues/rock depending on the song. His original tunes are farcical and full of whimsey, yet each has the feel of a true life story behind it.
With a good balance of hard-core rock-and-roll and slower paced whimsical songs, Hinson beguiles an audience that hugs the platform stage as his fingers subdue his instrument and forces it to lovingly emit beautiful noise.
Rounding out the stage presence for the show, bassist Roger "Tiny" Kohrs and drummer James Michael "Bubba" Bruce, with their highly coiffed hairstyles and oversized thick-rimmed glasses compliment Unknown with their mortician-like appearance. But like Unknown, once they hit their first notes it is all about the music - forceful, hard and with authority.
If you missed Saturday night's show, keep an eye out here on TriadLiveMusic.com or Greene Streets web site for Hinson's return engagements.