Fangs in Your Redneck

Unknown Hinson has squeezed a lot of livin’ into his years as a psychobilly musician. Of course, being a vampire helps. All the good stuff happens at night.

So far, he’s been thrown in the slammer for: three counts of murder, 19 paternity suits, vampirism, and some intermittent grave robbing. But you needn’t be afraid; his alter ego Stuart Daniel Baker will keep him on a short leash when Hinson plays the post-Valentine’s “Leftover Candy, Wilted Flowers, and Pregnant Again!” party at Bamboo Room (25 S. J St., Lake Worth) on Friday.

Of course, he didn’t get to be the most popular rockabilly vampire in the south overnight. It started in the early ´90s. That’s when the Hinson’s character emerged. He co-starred in a public access television program called “The Wild Wild South,” which later spun off into his own self-titled phenomenon “The Unknown Hinson Show.” Good people clamored around their picture boxes to watch the fanged, sideburned, hillbilly prattle on about life in the underbelly, while playing ditties about those bastardized experiences. Soon, his fans wanted more. They demanded that Hinson leave the fame and glamour of cable access behind for a more demanding life as a troubadour. Hinson obliged.

He has since opened for everyone from Hank III, to the Reverend Horton Heat and acquired legions of fanatical, dancing groupies. Be there when the vampire leaves his mark on the crowd tonight at 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $22. Visit
Fri., Feb. 15, 9:30 p.m., 2008

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Jamie Laughlin