Well, what a week. There really is nowt so funny as folk: if a few more of the adult population learned how to expunge a meaningful mea culpa once in a while, wouldn’t we all rub along a bit better? Is this resistance to accepting responsibility for one’s actions something we learn with age? Vulnerability is not a sign of weakness, nor is making the occasional mess up – but just try owning up. Human beings are fallible: it’s what makes us interesting and beautiful and complex creatures. And in response, you usually find a softening, a deeper connection, and a bit more respect … or even a song!
After all that, the natural choice for me this Friday was none other than Mr Micah P Hinson. Quite well hidden on this side of the water, he’s an interesting character. I saw him play about 18 months ago and although it wasn’t a stand out gig, I do think he has some rather stand out tunes and rather mesmerising stage presence. This was not least because his new and rather lovely wife was on stage with him in a bit of a Linda McCartney role (and that’s meant in a good way!)
Micah Hinson live has an intensity that’s palpable: he sweats and reverbs his way through each song, every sinew of his body is taut with feeling and it’s fascinating to watch. And if you’re an old romantic, which I am, he’s written some of the most poignant love songs, some of which can make me cry and some of which you think, lucky old Mrs Hinson.
It’s hard to pick an absolute, definitive winner, but I’m rather partial to his stuff with the Red Empire Orchestra. He’s also had two albums out in 2010 already – one album of covers (All Dressed Up and Smelling of Strangers) and one of new stuff (…And the Pioneer Saboteurs). All is good stuff.
No-one has to be lonesome tonight.
Download Micah P Hinson & The Red Empire Orchestra – Sunrise Over the Olympic Mons mp3 (from Micah P Hinson & The Red Empire Orchestra)
Download Micah P Hinson & The Red Empire Orchestra – We Won’t Have to be Lonesome mp3 (from Micah P Hinson & The Red Empire Orchestra)