A scene that always sticks in my mind is Dylan on the back porch of Muscle Shoals studio, trading licks on acoustic guitar with Eddie Hinton. They buddied up & for a while were inseparable. How strange & wonderful to remember Bob Dylan & Eddie Hinton as soul brothers - two poets, one world renowned, the other known only to a few friends, neighbors & fans, both riveting artists, both brilliant. - Jerry Wexler
Some artists considered geniuses spend a lifetime in the spotlight. Some artists, deemed the same, spend their time in the shadows helping that elusive spotlight shine a little brighter on others. Nothing could be truer to that sentiment than the career of songwriter/singer/guitarist Eddie Hinton. As a key player in the Muscle Shoals Sound, his session work quickly becomes a game of Six Degrees of Eddie Hinton that connects Dusty Springfield to Toots of The Maytals, Herbie Mann to The Staple Singers, Lulu to Percy Sledge, Wilson Pickett to UB40 and Aretha Franklin to countless others… and throughout, one constant stands at the center: Eddie Hinton & his uniquely passionate, soulful vision. This series is a humble attempt to shine that same spotlight on Eddie for a well-deserved standing ovation. Everyone on their feet!
Vol. 3 in our series is shared by Wussy & Heartless Bastards. Wussy’s cover of the Dusty Springfield classic penned with Eddie’s friend and songwriting partner, Donnie Fritts is backed by a much more obscure side from The Coleman- Hinton Project which wasn’t release until years later on a compilation entitled Lost & Found.
Buffalo Killers have Vol. 4 all to themselves. The A-Side is taken from the third in an excellent series of Eddie Hinton songwriting seesions released by Zane Records. The flip, although not written by Eddie, is included because it’s an excellent example of his session work. This Staples Singers original not only highlight Hinton’s session talents but it has also been cited as one of his favorites. The track was also The Staples Singers first hit for Stax.