micah p. hinson and his lost treasure

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micah p is a twenty-something washed up skate punk texan singer-songwriter from abilene who makes some of the truest, old-school blues-rock-folk…bio excerpts from ground control touring’s artist page.  his voice is gravelly and he pushes it further, prone to howling and segueing from ballad to hardcore; he’s pretty much decamped permanently for europe, reunited with his girl & his latest (not referenced below) is a hodgepodge of covers that make you forget the originals, no mean feat:

“Life has a strange habit of never exactly going according to plan; just when it seems even, life throws a curve ball to put things off balance. Some call it karma, while others call it luck. Life seems to right itself, in the end.

Micah P. Hinson experienced a turbulent period in his late teens, involving narcotics, jail time for forging prescriptions and a tumultuous relationship with a Vogue cover model – all before the age of 20, Hinson was homeless, penniless and abandoned by his family. He was eventually forced to declare himself bankrupt and moved into a motel and acquired a mundane telemarketing job. During this period, Micah still managed to write around 30 songs on borrowed instruments and equipment.

2004 saw Micah Paul Hinson catapulted from being a skate kid down on his luck to making one of the year’s finest and most critically acclaimed debut albums, Micah P. Hinson and the Gospel of Progress (which made numerous ‘Best of 2004’ polls, especially in the UK including Uncut, The Independent, the BBC and Time Out UK) and traveling the world playing with the likes of Iron & Wine, Antony & the Johnsons, Devendra Banhart, The Arcade Fire and most recent being invited on tour with KT Tunstall and Richard Hawley.

The 11 songs that make up Micah P. Hinson and the Opera Circuit are the real deal – a document of friends “shooting the shit” on dusty summer evenings while creating some of the most beautiful and heartfelt music. This method of recording makes truly intimate and warm listen, from the sounds of crickets in the long grass on the opening front-porch lullaby ’Seems Almost Impossible’ to the surface hiss on prairie ballad, ‘She Don’t Own Me’, while the heavier, ’band’ songs on the album, such as ‘Letter from Huntsville’ and the epic beast, ’You’re Only Lonely’, sound as if they are straight out of a basement jam session. Perhaps the highlight of the album, though, is the beautiful piano led closing death-ballad, ’Don’t Leave Me Now’. While the album is layered with instrumentation, there is sense of space that allows Micah’s beautifully cracked yet warm vocal and matured songwriting to shine through with a real presence. Micah P. Hinson and The Opera Circuit maybe a little rougher around the edges than it predecessor, but its heart is definitely stronger and more honest.”

music to sit down to with a bottle and pack of cigarettes, alone out on the porch, with one speaker aimed out the window.

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