Micah P. Hinson was born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, into a Christian household. He began to experiment with music, living in Abilene, Texas in his early teens. In the relative isolation of this town, he became immersed in the local music scene. In 2003, Hinson teamed up with Texas collective, The Earlies, who provided a lush backdrop for his winsome tales of love, loss and regret.
‘Micah P. Hinson and the Gospel of Progress’, his debut full-length, was released on Sketchbook Records, UK, late 2004. The album received excellent reviews from a number of critics, captivated by Hinson’s stark exploration of the emotional fall-out from a failed relationship. The following year his early recordings were given a proper release on Sketchbook Records, UK, and Jade Tree, US, under the title ‘The Baby and the Satellite’. Tours followed, with the young artist opening for acts such as Will Oldham, Calexico and Iron & Wine.
‘ Micah P. Hinson and the Nothing ’, his first release on French label Talitres, comprises a collection of songs written before a bad car accident, whilst touring Spain during the summer of 2011. Flown back to Texas, doctors were consulted and the future use of Micah’s arms hung in the balance. With this in mind, he began listening to demos he’d made before the Spanish trip. The songs took on a new light and he began sending them off to people around the world including The Twilight Sad and his Texan side-kick, T. Nichols Phelps. With their help Micah began to create a record without the use of his arms.
Micah was subsequently invited to record in Santander, Spain, at Moon River Studio. For two weeks and two days, with the assistance of engineer Fernando ‘Mac’ Macava, Micah realized what was to become ‘Micah P. Hinson and the Nothing’, working with an astounding array of local musicians, The Puzzles, The Aquattro String Quartet, amongst others.
According to Micah, “A grand amount of time and a grand amount of love was put into every song.”
"Hinson gets as close to being Tom Waits as any human being can reasonably expect to (...) Remarkable." The Sunday Times
"Texan Micah P. Hinson continues to summon beautiful music out of bitter experience" The Observer
Q**** - The Independent **** - Uncut 7/10 - Mojo****