Jade Tree is proud to welcome the addition of the gifted MICAH P. HINSON to the label. In the next few months, Jade Tree will begin its association with Micah by releasing the EP, The Baby and the Satellite, for the first time in the US.
Following closely in succession will be the release of an entirely new full-length album in late 2006. In addition, Jade Tree plans to give MICAH P. HINSON’s debut album, Micah P. Hinson and the Gospel of Progress a proper US re-release in early 2007.
Micah Paul Hinson has gone from being a skate kid down on his luck, stuck in the middle of nowhere (Abilene, Texas to be exact), to releasing one of the finest and most critically acclaimed debut albums in the UK, Micah P. Hinson and the Gospel of Progress (which made numerous “Best of 2004” polls including Uncut, The Independent and Time Out) and garnering such stunning reviews as:
• Truly, a gospel of redemption to believe inâ€š 4/5 Uncut
• An astonishing debut of country noirâ€š 9/10 NME
• Remarkable beautyâ€š 4/5 Mojo
• Up there with Bob Dylanâ€š 5/5 London Times
Before Micah P. Hinson and the Gospel of Progress came The Baby and the Satellite. An eight song recording that predates the Gospel of Progress album in terms of songwriting, The Baby and the Satellite was actually the recording Micah made during his much documented “lost” period, with his then muse (or the “Black Widow” as he now refers to her).
As Micah remembers, “I was about 18 or 19. These songs, over the course of a few months, were written and recorded on a broken 4-track in a small, rundown old farm store-turned-home, out on a small two-lane dirt road called Farm Road 620.”
“I was living out there in the country with the “Black Widow” and there wasn’t enough money to live a normal life, so the days held only cheap booze, cigarettes and recording.”
Micah then took these recordings to his friends Brandon Carr and JM Lapham (who would later form The Earlies) and “using slightly better equipment and a bit more intention to do something well”, The Baby and the Satellite was born.
No sooner had the Baby been born then it was forgotten, until during the recording of the Gospel of Progress album when a plan was hatched to re-record the Baby using Brandon and JM (of The Earlies). It seemed like an easy task, however it took almost two years, two countries, countless tours and the recording technique of “recording when and wherever possible to finish the record.”
This album is a much more stripped down, less produced affair than the Gospel of Progress album, relying more heavily on Micah’s beautiful cracked voice and songwriting that belies his mere 24 years. Tracks 1 to 8 are the new, re-recorded versions, while track 9 is the original 2001 recording of The Baby and the Satellite. This eight-song recording should be viewed more like a road map that has led Micah to where he is today, and less like a follow up to the Gospel of Progress.
In terms of other upcoming news for 2006, it looks set to become another fine year for MICAH P. HINSON. He will continue to tour in the UK and Europe, and plans to focus on the States immediately following the release of The Baby and the Satellite.
Within his hectic schedule, Micah, has already demo-ed a new album properâ€š which he is currently in the process of recording. More details as they become available.