Micah Paul Hinson (born 1981) is an American indie rock singer and guitarist and recording artist for Sketchbook Records in the United Kingdom and Jade Tree Records in the United States. His debut album Micah P. Hinson and the Gospel of Progress was released in 2004 to much critical praise. He has also released two EPs; one of early material, 2005's The Baby and the Satellite, and the second as The Late Cord with John Mark Lapham of The Earlies, 2006 release Lights from the Wheelhouse. The follow up to his debut, Micah P. Hinson and the Opera Circuit, was released in 2006 and his third album, Micah P. Hinson and the Red Empire Orchestra on July 14, 2008.
He felt constrained by the smallness of his hometown, Abilene, and found escape in skateboarding, drugs and playing guitar. Around this period, Hinson met, later member of The Earlies, John Mark Lapham. Around this period Hinson had been declared bankrupt, was homeless and had drug dependencies. However he resolved to change things, later stating that he "had gotten away from some of the shady women and all of this a year or two before [his record deal in 2003]". Hinson found employment, saved up some money and moved to Denton, Texas, beginning a college course there.
In the winter of 2003, Hinson recorded his debut album, Micah P. Hinson and the Gospel of Progress, produced and arranged by The Earlies under their Names On Records guise. Hinson felt involved during the recording of the album, later stating that he recorded his guitar and piano while everyone else did all the work. The music press made much of Hinson's prescription drug use at the time; claims Hinson later stated were exaggerated.
Inspired by positive reviews and finishing his first full album Hinson set about re-recording his demo of The Baby and the Satellite. The results of the new sessions of the material were released as an EP in early 2005 with a European tour in support of the material. Hinson encountered trouble with his back after a mishap whilst celebrating Burns night in his hometown in early 2005. Hinson was playfully punched in the small of his back by a friend, causing back pain that was unalleviated by surgery. This caused problems with the singer's touring schedule and many dates were cancelled.
In 2005 Hinson recorded a cover of "Yard of Blonde Girls" for the tribute album Dream Brother: The Songs of Tim and Jeff Buckley. He also helped produce the record. In July 2006, Hinson formed The Late Cord with John Mark Lapham of the Earlies. Their five track E.P, Lights from the Wheelhouse was released on the 4AD record label.
|2004||Micah P. Hinson and the Gospel of Progress||Sketchbook Records UK; Overcoat Recordings US|
|2005||The Baby and the Satellite||Sketchbook Records UK; Jade Tree Records US|
|2006||Micah P. Hinson and the Opera Circuit||Sketchbook Records UK; Jade Tree Records US|
|2008||Micah P. Hinson and the Red Empire Orchestra||Full Time Hobby UK; Jade Tree Records US|