Unknown Hinson plays Juanitas Friday night.

  • Unknown Hinson plays Juanita’s Friday night.

10 p.m. Juanita’s. $15 adv., $18 door.

Sounding (and looking) like the weird love child of Porter Wagoner, Dracula and Cramps guitarist Poison Ivy, Unknown Hinson sprang forth from the hills ‘n’ hollers of North Carolina via that most honest and unflinching of all media — public access television. He is the self-proclaimed “king of country-western troubadours” and has the custom-made finery to prove it, though his songs also make a strong case for the designation.


On listening to his tunes, Hinson’s singing might stir in you a memory: “Where have I heard that most distinctive Southern drawl before?” The answer: cartoons, that’s where. Hinson provides the voice of Early Cuyler on Adult Swim’s animated late-night program “Squidbillies,” which is the most spiritually resonant portrayal of rural Southern archetypes since “Absalom, Absalom!” even if it is just a cartoon about a bunch of redneck cephalopods.

Anyways, if you’re not already familiar with Unknown Hinson, but you’re a fan of The Cramps, “Squidbillies,” Andy Kaufmann, Hasil Adkins, old-school country music or just good old-fashioned campy good times, then I would recommend you get out to this show.


Opening act is the always enjoyable Salty Dogs.