Musical palate cleanser, one more drop of soul edition

I’m gonna wrap up my R&B run with a cut from a guy with a rather interesting story.

Eddie Hinton was one of the top session musicians working out of Muscle Shoals and Memphis.  Per Wikipedia, as a session guitarist, Hinton played on hit records recorded by Wilson Pickett, Arthur Conley, Aretha Franklin, Joe Tex, Solomon Burke, Percy Sledge, The Staple Singers, The Dells, Paul Kelly, Johnny Taylor, Elvis Presley, The Box Tops, R.B. Greaves, Boz Scaggs, Evie Sands, Looking Glass, Toots Hibbert and Otis Redding.  (He played guitar on the Toots in Memphis cuts I posted yesterday.)

Hinton was also a singer/songwriter who managed to cut a handful of albums.  His voice is remarkable.  Some of you may remember from my Frankie Miller post a few years back that I have an affinity for white guys who can channel Otis Redding.  Well, in that regard, Eddie Hinton makes Frankie Miller sound like Frankie Valli.  Check out what I think is his best, “Hard Luck Guy”.

He passed away a couple of decades ago.  If you can find his first album, Very Extremely Dangerous, give it a listen.

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  1. budro

    He’s got a sweet cover of Tony Joe White’s “300 Pounds of Hongry” too.

  2. LRGK9

    Roy Buchanan

    Buchanan gained national notice as the result of an hour-long PBS television documentary. Entitled Introducing Roy Buchanan, and sometimes mistakenly called The Best Unknown Guitarist in the World, it earned a record deal with Polydor Records and praise from John Lennon and Merle Haggard, besides an alleged invitation to join the Rolling Stones (which he turned down and which gave him the nickname “the man who tumbled the stones down”).[10] He recorded five albums for Polydor, one of which, Second Album, went gold,[11] and after that another three for Atlantic Records, one of which, 1977′s Loading Zone, also went gold.[2][12] Buchanan quit recording in 1981, vowing never to enter a studio again unless he could record his own music his own way.[10] Four years later, Alligator Records coaxed Buchanan back into the studio.[10] His first album for Alligator, When a Guitar Plays the Blues, was released in the spring of 1985. It was the first time he had total artistic freedom in the studio.[13] His second Alligator LP, Dancing on the Edge (with vocals on three tracks by Delbert McClinton), was released in the fall of 1986. He released the twelfth and last album of his career, Hot Wires, in 1987.

    According to his agent and others, Buchanan was doing well, having gained control of his drinking habit and playing again, when he was arrested for public intoxication after a domestic dispute.[2][5] He was found hanged from his own shirt in a jail cell on 14 August 1988 in the Fairfax County, Virginia Jail. According to Jerry Hentman, who was in a cell nearby Buchanan’s, the Deputy Sheriff opened the door early in the morning and found Buchanan with the shirt around his neck.[6][12] Buchanan’s last show was on August 7, 1988 in Guilford, CT. His cause of death was officially recorded as suicide, a finding disputed by Buchanan’s friends and family. One of his friends, Marc Fisher, reported seeing Roy’s body with bruises on the head.[6]

    Live Stock was and still is is one of the best guitar albums EVAH.

  3. Reservoir Dawg

    That is some awesome stuff. I’m gonna add one last thing from the Texas branch: Ray Wylie Hubbard doing “Snake Farm”. I think from now on we oughtta call FU the Hogtown Snake Farm. As per the song it just sounds nasty, it pretty much is. It’s a reptile house, Snake Farm.