Friday, April 20, 2007

Who Is Eddie Hinton? Find Out At The Arizona International Film Festival

Posted for Jason, host of The Connection, Saturday nights, 9-11pm on KXCI.

Heads up. There's a great new Eddie Hinton documentary, "Dangerous Highway," showing as part of the Arizona Internatioal Film Festival this year, at Club Congress this Sunday at 7pm.

In case you're wondering who the heck Eddie Hinton is - here's a short bio supplied by

"Guitarist, songwriter, and singer Eddie Hinton may be one of the great,unheralded white blues musicians of all time. Fortunately, fans can latch onto a few recordings on compact disc. Hinton died far too young at the age of 51 on July 28, 1995, yet his guitar playing can be heard all over famous recordings by famous people -- hit records by Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Joe Tex, Solomon Burke, Percy Sledge, the Staple Singers, the Dells, Johnny Taylor, Elvis Presley, Boz Scaggs, Hour Glass, Otis Redding, and even reggae star Toots Hibbert of Toots &the Maytals. Hinton was a session guitarist non-pareil. After working with Southern bands like the Spooks and the Five Minutes, he played lead guitar forMuscle Shoals Sound rhythm section from 1967 to 1971. What most people didn't know at the time was that Hinton was also a talented singer, songwriter, arranger and producer in his own right. In the late '60s, Muscle Shoals was something of a hit factory for Atlantic Records recording artists, under the careful, patient tutelage of legendary producer Jerry Wexler. Hinton was just 22 when he was invited to the Shoals area by fellow songwriter and producer Martin Greene. The Hinton/Greene songwriting and producing team produced several country/soul hits, including "Cover Me," and "It's All Wrong But It's Alright" for Percy Sledge."

By all accounts the film is really terrific and not to be missed. For more information about the film, visit


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