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Unknown Hinson performing in 2010
|Stuart Daniel Baker|
|Born||October 27, 1954|
|Origin||Albemarle, North Carolina, United States|
|Genres||Ameripolitan, country comedy, psychobilly, rock|
|Musician, voice actor|
|Labels||Uniphone, Capitol, Coffin Case|
Stuart Daniel Baker (born October 27, 1954, in North Carolina), better known by his stage name, Unknown Hinson, is an American singer, musician, songwriter, and voice actor. He is perhaps best known for his role as the voice of Early Cuyler on the Adult Swim animated series Squidbillies.
Stuart Daniel Baker, a music teacher and studio musician from Albemarle, North Carolina, created his alter-ego for The Wild Wild South, a Charlotte area public-access program that featured comedy sketches and concert footage. Baker, along with co-star Don Swan, played the characters of Unknown Hinson and Rebel Helms. After Swan's death in 1995, Baker created "The Unknown Hinson Show", a direct spin-off of "The Wild Wild South". The Unknown Hinson Show won Creative Loafing Charlotte's "Best Of" poll for Best Public-Access Television Show four years in a row. After the series ended, Baker continued in his role as Unknown Hinson, performing live concerts and releasing several recordings.
As a live performer, Unknown Hinson has been known to tour for months at a time. After his shows, he takes the time to meet as many of his fans as want to stay, and graciously takes pictures and signs shirts, posters, CDs, and body parts. Hinson is known to always fire his signature gun on the up swing, a true mark of his skill. He has shared the stage with many notable rockabilly, country, and psychobilly acts such as The Reverend Horton Heat, Marty Stuart, Hank III and, in a rare appearance in Nashville, Ed King of Lynyrd Skynyrd fame, joined Unknown on stage at the Exit/In. He has a strong cult following and many high-profile fans, including Ed King, Waylon Reavis of Mushroomhead, Billy Bob Thornton, and Matt Groening. Hank III, grandson of Hank Williams, has Unknown's face tattooed on his biceps. In late 2008, working under his real name of Stuart Baker, Hinson was hired to play bass as well as lead guitar in Billy Bob Thornton's band The Boxmasters. For this hired-gun gig, Baker appears without the familiar Unknown Hinson wardrobe and makeup, instead appearing in a vintage '60s suit, white shirt, and black pencil tie. His manager and booking agent was his wife, Margo Baker (b. 1952, d. 2013).
According to a November 10, 2012, post on his Facebook page, Unknown decided to quit touring after 17 years. His planned last three shows were Fort Wayne on November 15, Evanston on November 16, and November 17 in Covington Kentucky being the finale. He cited rising costs and indicates his plans to find something new to do. After the death of his wife, Margo Baker, Unknown Hinson resumed touring again.
Unknown Hinson writes his own music, performs live, and produces all of his own recordings. His music often parodies the dark elements of today's country and redneck culture. In early 2009, Hinson's 'Torture Town' won in The 8th Annual Independent Music Awards and Vox Pop vote for Best Alternative Country Song "Torture Town".
|1999||The Future Is Unknown||Uniphone Records|
|2002||Rock 'N' Rock is Straight From Hell (Promo Release)||Capitol Records|
|Rock 'N' Rock is Straight From Hell (Main Release)||Capitol Records|
|2004||The Future Is Unknown (Re-Release)||Capitol Records Nashville|
|Selections From The Future Is Unknown (Promo Release)||Capitol Records Nashville|
|2005||21 Chart Toppers (Promo Release)||No Label|
|2006||Target Practice||Coffin Case Records|
|2008||Live and Undead||Uniphone Records / sdb Music|
|2012||Reloaded||Uniphone Records / sdb Music|
|The Squidbillies Present Music for Americans Only Made by Americans in China for Americans Only God Bless America, U.S.A.||Williams Street Records|
Credited on this album as both Unknown Hinson and Early Cuyler the character he voices on Squidbillies.
Hinson, credited as Baker, provides the voice of Early Cuyler, a balding hillbilly squid from Georgia, on Cartoon Network's late night Adult Swim program, Squidbillies. The Early Cuyler character echoes Unknown Hinson in several ways, including an affinity for guns and "party liquor", and a "no-nonsense" alpha-male attitude.