By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Steve Brennan
By Joseph Hess
By Allsion Babka
By Kelsey McClure
By RFT Music
By Christian Schaeffer
By Gabriel San Roman
Could you describe a typical Unknown Hinson show?
Yes, sir. It's me with my band singin' my songs from my heart. And my songs is all about real life experiences — things I have lived through — and if it's something I ain't lived through, it's at least something I have witnessed with my chart-toppin' eyes, because you know a writer has to write what he or she knows, and if you don't, your readers or your viewers will see right through it, you know? So, I try to keep my subject matter on things that I know about. For instance, "I Ain't Afraid of Your Husband." I mean, I know how that is, you know. I have been there. So yeah, it's me and my band — me up there singin' and playin' my guts out for the folks, and you will see some womans screamin' and swoonin' and, you know, cryin' at times.
Because they're so excited?
Well, yeah. And you will see people — you'll see mans, you know, the mans in the audience, the boys. The husbands and boyfriends, you know, some of them get jealous, and they wanna whoop my ass but you know, it ain't happened yet. I hope it don't never happen.
I saw an interview you did in which you said that art is supposed to create a reaction and that you aren't very concerned about what reaction that is. That reminded me of the late Andy Kaufman — I was wondering, are you a fan?
You know, I know of him, but I don't know much about him. All I know is that a lot of people herald him as being obviously ahead of his time, I think 'cause what he done was pretty out there, and he took a lot of risks — from what I've read about him, you know — and I've seen some clips. But with me it's a 24/7 thing. I mean, I just, I do what I do, and it's a little different maybe. It may go over some people's head, it may go under their legs — I don't know. I'm just gonna do what I do, because that's what I am.
But no, I mean, as far as me challenging wrasslers and stuff like that, I would never do that because, you know — ex con. I try to stay away from violence and any kind of contact sports or whatnot, you know, it's...that just ain't me. My parole officer said it's OK for me to fire my pistol at my shows, but I don't never fire it at nobody. I don't point it at nobody ever; I would never do that. It's a stress reliever for me. You know, some people squeeze a tennis ball to relieve stress, or they do sit-ups or jog or whatnot. I like to fire my gun, and it relaxes me. I like the sound of it and the feel of it. But I mean, hell, I'm a peace lover; I don't never shoot at no human being or no animal or nothing. Nobody's property. I wouldn't never do that.