Southland Ballroom, Raleigh
Thursday, May 14, 2015
It's been three years since Charlotte's Unknown Hinson has played Raleigh. At the end of 2012, the group decided to retire, citing costs related to touring. The move puzzled the group's rabid fan base, many of whom were turned on to the guitar-shredding vampire through the show Squidbillies. And now, as Squidbillies begins work on their 10th season, Unknown Hinson is back on the road with a healthy touring schedule. There's no word on what changed to bring the comically self-labeled "King of Country Western Troubadours" out of retirement.
Having played a handful of raucous and intimate shows at the Berkeley Cafe and the much larger Lincoln Theatre, the group moved over to Southland Ballroom. Despite playing the day news emerged that blues legend B.B. King had passed away, Hinson chose not to incorporate a tribute to the guitar legend into the night. Hinson's set started on the slower side, though he warmed up after a handful of songs before ripping into a "riff soup" that combines fast-action picking and heavy bends that have become his trademark sound. With Roger "Tiny" Kohrs and Frank "The Tank" Sorrell behind him, Hinson played nearly two hours, his familiar Jimi Hendrix medley ending the evening.
Unknown Hinson, "Spittin' on My Grave" and "Torture Town"
Unknown Hinson, "King of Country Western Troubadours"