Following hot on the heels of 2017’s double concept album “Presents The Holy Strangers”, Micah P. Hinson is set to release a collection of tracks recorded for Marc Riley at the BBC over the last 14 years.
Re-mastered at Bent Leaf Studios in Texas, overseen by Micah himself at the end of last year, these 11 tracks were picked from a wealth of cuts from Micah’s visits to Marc Riley over the course of nine albums.
Micah offered some insight into the personal importance of these sessions:
"I owe Sir Marc a deep gratitude that spans back years now. In this life, champions are needed- yet they are rare. As if I was deep in the amazon, I had found a flower not yet known to the world and people would congratulate me on what had found and what I had brought to the world- and Marc was the first one in line, hand outstretched; a grin on his face."
Marc also spoke about his experience of having Micah in to play for him over the years:
"I remember the first time Micah came in to do a session for us. 18th September 2004. It was at the time of his debut ‘…And The Gospel Of Progress’ LP which I absolutely loved. He was backed by The Earlies (as he was on the record) and the session was mind-blowing. The songs were fantastic, Micah’s voice made Johnny Cash sound like Aled Jones. He told tales of being thrown in jail.. of suffering great dramatic losses in his life. I remember asking him to clarify how old he was on air and he replied “23 Sir”.
I believe his eventful life will one day be made into a bio-pic…but until that day this document of his radio sessions will serve to document the path of this great singer-songwriter from Abilene Texas."
Pre-order the album, including a vinyl version limited to 1000 for the world.
Listen to Beneath The Rose recorded back in 2012.
[press photo by Francesca Sara Cauli]