Critic's Pick: Unknown Hinson to Perform at Ready Room on Saturday, October 8

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It is unclear whether Unknown Hinson got a boost to his popularity with the resurgence of vampires in popular culture, brought about largely by the Twilight series of movies and books — Hinson's brand of vampirism is more of the "country troubadour" variety and less "sparkly brooding teen hunk." No matter; high school trends come and go, but the kind of hilarious story-songs Hinson peddles are timeless. Named after his father — "says right there on my birth certificate. Mama: Miss Hinson. Daddy: Unknown" — Unknown Hinson has been lighting up the stage with his wit (and his .38) since 1993, when his human surrogate, Stuart Daniel Baker, first picked up the fangs for a Charlotte, North Carolina-based public-access program. The show only lasted a couple of years, but Hinson, vampire that he is, lives on.

Free Hat Limit 1: Hinson may be best known for his role on Adult Swim's Squidbillies program, providing the voice of drunken hillbilly squid Early Cuyler.

Watch the video for Unknown Hinson's "Venus Bound" below:


Unknown Hinson 
8 p.m. Saturday, October 8. The Ready Room, 4195 Manchester Avenue. $20. 314-833-3929.