Unknown Hinson

Infobox musical artist
Name = Unknown Hinson
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Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Stuart Daniel Baker
Alias =
Born =
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Origin = North Carolina, United States
Instrument =
Occupation = Musician, Voice actor
Genre = Country, Psychobilly, Rock
Years_active = 1993 — present
Label = Uniphone Records
Capitol Records
Coffin Case Records
Associated_acts = Squidbillies
URL = [http://www.unknownhinson.com UnknownHinson.com]
spouses = Margo Baker
homepage = www.www.unknownhinson.com.com
notable role = Voice actor on the Adult Swim cartoon, Squidbillies

Stuart Daniel Baker, better known by his stage name, Unknown Hinson, is a musician, songwriter, and voice actor on the Adult Swim cartoon Squidbillies.

The character

Baker has carefully cultivated his alter-ego. Much like Andy Kaufman's alter-ego, Tony Clifton, Unknown Hinson never breaks character in public and adamantly denies having any connection to Danny Baker.

Persona

Unknown Hinson, dressed in his signature rodeo tailor coat and black ribbon necktie, is a dark parody of the country western stars from the early/mid 20th century. With his glued on sideburns, blacked out front teeth, and dark hair slicked back to reveal a prominent widows peak, he has been referred to as the "hillbilly vampire".
The self-proclaimed "king of country-western troubadours" speaks and sings with an exaggerated southern drawl, commonly mis-pronouncing words like woman "womern", and window "winder".
Hinson's personality is that of a hell raising and hard drinking country-western singer with a preference for "party liquor", sexy women, and fine guitars.

Fictional background & Arrest

Unknown Hinson was an only child, named after his father "“says right there on my birth certificate - Mama: Miss Hinson. Daddy: Unknown.”" and raised by his mother, who gave him his first guitar. After his mother’s mysterious disappearance, Unknown ran off and joined the circus as part of the sideshow, where he learned how to lift 50-pound weights with his tongue, among various other skills.

Later, Hinson was imprisoned for 30 years, convicted of various trumped-up charges, including three counts of murder, 19 paternity suits, vampirism and random grave-robbing offenses. He was released in 1993 to reclaim his long-denied musical legacy.

Origins

Stuart 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 1992, Baker created "The Unknown Hinson Show", a direct spin-off of "The Wild Wild South". The Unknown Hinson Show won Creative Loafing's "Best Of" poll for Best Public-Access Television Show four years in a row. [http://www.mountainx.com/ae/1999/1027unknown.php Retrieved November 5, 2007]
After the series ended, Baker continued in his role as Unknown Hinson, performing live concerts and releasing several recordings.

Music

Live performer

As a live performer, Unknown Hinson has been known to tour for months at a time. He has shared the stage with many notable rockabilly, Country, and psychobilly acts such as The Reverend Horton Heat, Marty Stuart, and Hank III, to name a few.
He is an accomplished and respected performer with a strong cult following and many high-profile fans, including Waylon Reavis of Mushroomhead, Billy Bob Thornton and Matt Groening. Hank III, grandson of Hank Williams, has Unknown's face tattooed on his biceps. [http://www.journalnow.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=WSJ%2FMGArticle%2FWSJ_RelishArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1173353151087 Retrieved November 5, 2007]

Recording artist

Unknown Hinson writes his own music, performs live, and produces all of his own recordings. His music often parodies the dark elements of today's country and redneck culture. Unknown Hinson 2006 CD "Target Practice" was never seen availability in Music Stores in the US it can be found on his Official Website and his 2002 CD "Rock n Roll Is Straight From Hell"is no longer available to be purchased in Music Stores it is now out of print and is hard to find today.

Discography

Notes

*Baker, Margo. * [http://www.unknownhinson.com Unknown Hinson website] Retrieved August 21, 2007.

References

External links

* [http://www.unknownhinson.com Unknown Hinson Official Homepage]
* [http://www.myspace.com/unknownhinson Unknown Hinson At Myspace]
* [http://wm06.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:a9ftxqraldfe Unknown Hinson at AllMusic.com]
* [http://us.imdb.com/name/nm1902432/ Unknown Hinson at IMdb.com]
* [http://www.sonicbids.com/unknownhinson Unknown Hinson on Sonicbids]
* [http://www.themusicnazi.com/?p=663 Unknown Hinson - Cult(ure) Music]
* [http://www.archive.org/details/Paper.Wire.Mag.Unknown.Hinson.Interview Paper + Wire Magazine: An Interview with Unknown Hinson]


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