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Letters From Mississippi

by Eddie Hinton

Rock, southern soul, southern rock, swamp music, soul and blues from a man who's been around the block a few times.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lettters From Mississippi
4:50 $0.99
2. Everybody Needs Love
4:20 $0.99
3. Uncloudy Days
3:07 $0.99
4. I Will Always Love You
2:36 $0.99
5. I Believe In Our Love
4:22 $0.99
6. Ting-A-Ling-Ling
4:35 $0.99
7. It's All Right
4:10 $0.99
8. My Love
3:49 $0.99
9. My Seaching is Over
2:20 $0.99
10. Sad and Lonesome
2:25 $0.99
11. Everybody Meets Mr. Blue
3:24 $0.99
12. I Want A Woman
3:11 $0.99
13. Wet Weather Man
2:37 $0.99
14. I'll Come Running Back (To You )
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Album Notes
MIGHTY FIELD of VISION Internet Radio is on the Net 24/7, Seven days a week playin' rare Southern Music from The Vaults,Rare Demos, Songs The Record companies passed over...you will not hear this music anyhere else !

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If you like P:EASE it pass it on to all of your friends..if they like it they will pass it on and finally the people will have a chance to hear some music that cannot be heard ANYWHERE else in The World !

A note from Executive Producer John D.Wyker

I am also pleased to announce that the long awaited DVD of The Johnny Wyker Home Video Volume One Feauturing EDDIE HINTON is now available.Filmed in 1986,Eddie is on camera for an hour talkin' about his life and times and jokin' which shows his rare and unique sense of humor,and Eddie also plays and sings at least 2 dozen songs.Some of his older songs and he even makes some new songs up on the spot !


This new MIGHTY FIELD of VISION CD release of LETTERS FROM MISSISSIPPI is really unique. It has been digitally remastered and contains two previously unreleased cuts making a total of 14 songs !

For more information please contact me at Wyker@mighyfieldofvision.com

All Music Guide Biography

Guitarist, songwriter and singer Eddie Hinton may be one of the great, unheralded white blues musicians of all time. Fortunately, fans can latch on to a few recordings on compact disc. Hinton died far too young at age 51 on July 28, 1995, yet his guitar playing can be heard all over famous recordings by famous people, hit records by Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Joe Tex, Solomon Burke, Percy Sledge, The Staple Singers, The Dells, Johnny Taylor, Elvis Presley, Boz Scaggs, The Looking Glass, Otis Redding and even reggae star Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytalls.
Hinton was a session guitarist non-pareil. After working with Southern bands like The Spooks and The Five Minutes, he played lead guitar for the Muscle Shoals [Alabama] Sound Rhythm Section from 1967 to 1971. What most people did not know at the time was Hinton was also a talented singer, songwriter, arranger and producer in his own right. In the late 60's, Muscle Shoals was something of a hit factory for Atlantic Records recording artists, under the careful, patient tutelage of legendary producer Jerry Wexler. Hinton was just 22 when he was invited to the Shoals area by fellow songwriter and producer Martin Greene. The Hinton/Greene songwriting and producing team produced several country/soul hits, including "Cover Me," and "It's All Wrong But It's Alright" for Percy Sledge.

Sadly, Hinton's 1978 critically-hailed Capricorn Records debut, "Very Extremely Dangerous," was released shortly before the Macon, Georgia-based label folded. In 1982, Jimmy Johnson of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm section took Hinton into the studio to record a half dozen songs for a new album, but that project was never released, and the blow to his ego, coupled with a divorce, sent Hinton into a personal tailspin. Changing musical trends brought popular tastes further away from blues and soul for a time in the 1980's [until the rise of Stevie Ray Vaughan brought blues back into vogue] and Hinton was living on the streets in Decatur, Alabama when he ran into an old friend, John D. Wyker. Wyker and Hinton were friends in the University of Alabama's drum and bugle corps. Wyker saw to it that Hinton again had housing with the plan to record again. With the help of some friends, Owen Brown and Jeff Simpson, Wyker began recording Hinton at Birdland Recording Studio and the new songs were combined with the tunes recorded by Jimmy Johnson in 1982. The result was "Letters From Mississippi," an album that sparked a career renaissance for Hinton. It wasn't long before Hinton was in demand across Europe, Alabama and the rest of the south for his unique, soulful blues vocals and expert guitar technique. Wyker continued to serve as a musical guru for Hinton's career rebirth and brought the singer and guitarist to Rounder Records' Bullseye Blues subsidiary. "Cry and Moan" and "Very Blue Highway" were the result. Hinton recovered his health and general well-being and moved back home to Birmingham to live with his mother, all the while writing refreshingly good original songs. He made a short tour of Italy before returning to Birdland Studios in early 1995 to record a new album. As he was putting finishing touches on the new batch of songs, he suffered a fatal heart attack. The results, "Hard Luck Guy" were released on a revived Capricorn Records in late 1998, and the songs are some of the most soul-stirring, thoughtful and well-recorded tracks ever put on an album by a white blues artist. Anyone who is a fan of Otis Redding or Al Green will latch onto these songs like a hummingbird to a magnolia blossom. Also worth seeking out are his two releases for Rounder, "Cry and Moan," and "Very Blue Highway" as well as his European-only release, "Letters From Mississippi."

To be sure, Hinton packed a lot of inspiring music into his 51 years by way of all the legendary sessions for which he played lead guitar at Muscle Shoals. His vocals were also singularly unique, firmly planted in the South and drenched with second-nature blues and soul feeling.

Jerry Wexler's liner notes for Hinton's last release, "Hard Luck Guy," [the title a nod to his prime influence, Otis Redding,] released on a revived Capricorn Records, are worth the price of the disc in and of themselves. Wexler, says of Hinton in the liner notes: "He remains unique, a white boy who truly sang and played in the spirit of the great black soul artists he venerated. With Eddie it wasn't imitation; it was totally created, with a fire and fury that was as real as Otis Redding's and Wilson Pickett's."

Your friend in Bama-Lama Land, wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwyker
John D.Wyker aka SAILCAT
805 Prospect Drive
Decatur,Alabama 35601



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A True Masterpiece
Eddie Hinton was a special guy with a special talent. The driving force behind many soul hits of the late 60's early 70's, Eddie set the standard.

He writes and sings from the heart primarily from pesonal experience. He didn't just wax eloquently about love and blues, he truly lived every minute of every song he's ever written.

Johnny Townsend

Eddie's music is something special.
Eddie was a childhood friend of mine and when he started playing guitar in high school, he went into it with a fire that I hadn't seen in any other part of his life. I personally have worn out 2 copies of Very Extremely Dangerous and I'm sure my copy of Letters From Mississippi will get the same use. Eddie's status as a songwriter, recording artist and performer are legendary in many areas of the world. If you're looking for some great, soulful music to jumpstart your heart, get Letters From Mississippi. I highly recommend it.

Martin Johnson

Eddie Hinton was a monster talent. Unfortunately his own material was very limited (4 Albums in his life time). This is his second, after his first (Very Extremely Dangerous) his best solo recording. If you like soulful bluesy music with a hint of country this CD is a must.

Michael Buffalo Smith

The most amazing white soul singer in history, Eddie Hinton was and is my hero. A genius of a musician, guitarist, songwriter and vocalist, there will never be another Eddie Hinton, and "Letters" is one killer record. Thank you Wyker for keeping the love alive! www.gritz.net


my favorite Eddie Hinton
Not much to add to the other tremendous reviews of this cd. Eddie Hinton is one of my favorite artists, and this cd is probably my favorite. In addition to all of the tracks mentioned by others, I think that the Sam Cooke cover probably stands as the best cover of a song ever.

Stephen Strike

Letters from Mississippi
I first became aware of Eddie Hintons music after reading Peter Guralnicks book sweet soul music.Before that he was just another name on so many album credits.I had no idea that he had recorded in his own right.One day I was browsing through a record store and stumbled across song writing sessions vol 1.WOW these were just demos,I loved the raw energy of these recordings.I now own everything thats available.Letters from Mississippi is just truely amazing,Eddie Hinton is the real deal,you'll never have a great record collection without at least one of Eddies' albums.

Michael Macdonald

The Real Deal Of Southern Soul
"Letters From Mississippi" remains one of the lost classic CDs. Raw,impassioned and unvarnished it's all about feeling over technique.Listen in full and be converted..the High Priest of Muscle Shoals Soul was Eddie Hinton.

Naomi Johnson

Addictive AND satisfying!
Is it humanly possible for a white boy to pattern his vocal style after Otis Redding and emerge not merely as an imitator but as a victoriously singular stylist himself? Can one man show you the viciousness of his scars and the depth of his wounds just by singing a love song?


If you've never heard Eddie Hinton sing, that sandpaper-rough, down-in-the-throat suffering/testifying/yearning explosion of Shoals soul, blues and rock, then there is a dark, painful spot in your soul you haven't explored; I'll bet you don't even know it's there. Eddie knew, and when it comes to touring the countries of Hurt, Rejection, Loneliness, as well as Joy and Tenderness, he's the best vocal tour guide you'll ever find. The cost of the journey will end up being less than the cost of this cd. Eddie's done paid the dues for you, you'll know that when you hear him sing 'Everybody Needs Love' and realize just by the sound of his voice that he's not saying it just to say it, he's feeling it right down to the very core of his being. And the same with every other song on this cd; nobody wears their heart so painfully on their sleeve as Eddie Hinton. God bless the boy!

big daddy

this was my introduction to eddie hinton other than that I've been listening to his music for years unbeknownst to me...incredible guitar work & thrilling vocals...cant wait for bbq season to blast this baby out in the yard! :-)

greg lovett

long, lost gem found again
This cd is just dripping soul. Especially liked the tunes with the Muscle Shoals boys. If Sad & Lonesome doesn't get your feet tappin' there's something wrong with you.
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