Alt-country. Alternative country. It’s kind of an ironic label. The modern artists who embrace classic country’s unadorned arrangements, simple songs, and heart on the sleeve lyrics are the ones seen as “alternative”, while the glitzy divas and faux cowboys who dominate the charts are seen as the real country musicians. It seems backwards to me, since anyone that listens closely can tell that Micah P. Hinson’s alt-country has a lot more to do with Hank Williams than Toby Keith’s country ever will.
To be fair, Micah P. Hinson isn’t a straight country musician. His music has flashes of dirty rock n’ roll too. But it’s his country roots that shine through in most of it. He even has a classic country musician tale. He was down and out in Abilene, Texas. He was bankrupt, homeless, and hooked on drugs. But then he dove into music, got his act together, and started recording. Three albums later he has cemented himself as a stalwart of the scene, an artist capable of soft whispers and howling screams. His most recent album is All Dressed Up & Smelling of Strangers, a double-album of covers. The first disc is relatively subdued, while the second is wild.
Hinson brings a warm intimacy to this folksy Pedro the Lion song.
“The Times They Are A Changin'”
A solid take on Dylan’s epic classic.
“Beneath the Rose”
“She Don’t Own Me”, live