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As a whole, the country music world is not known for its socially progressive sentiments, which is what makes Jimbeau Hinson’s story so unusual — how many successful country songwriters are open about being bisexual or HIV-positive? Hinson has written hits for The Oak Ridge Boys, Steve Earle, Brenda Lee, Patty Loveless, John Conlee and Kathy Mattea over the years, but he’s just now getting around to releasing an album of his own. Though it definitely contains elements of contemporary country, Strong Medicine is more of a singer-songwriter affair. “Dance of Life” has the sort of crossover sound that could fit on country or pop radio, while the haunting “Not You Again” leans more toward the blues. “Positive” plays on the double entendre of the title: Beginning with the line “Secrets keep you in the dark,” the song explores the importance of keeping a positive attitude while struggling with the challenge of being HIV-positive. Throughout the album — particularly on the piano ballad “Stones” — Hinson’s voice sounds like a slightly more Nashville Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens).
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Jimbeau Hinson cut his musical teeth in honky tonks, barn dances and local radio and TV shows in and around his native state of Mississippi. His first break came at the age of fourteen when he met Loretta Lynn. She introduced him to her manager and publishers the Wilburn Borthers, who signed Jimbeau on the spot. Doyle Wilburn added him to their show and he toured with such acts as Hank Williams, Jr., Kitty Wells, Charley Pride, Faron Young, Wanda Jackson, and everybody who was anybody at the time. So it was only a natural graduation from High School to Nashville and the fine finishing school of hard knocks.
He moved from his first contract at Sure-Fire Music to his first record deal at Chart Records, winning his first ASCAP award at the age of seventeen. From there he began to tire of the road and decided to concentrate on his career as a songwriter. Securing recordings by Lynn Anderson, Carol Channing, Brenda Lee, and others. n the early seventies his path crossed with, the then Gospel Group, the Oak Ridge Boys. There he signed on as manager of their publishing company and was instrumental in their switch from the gospel to the country field. From their phenomenal success, a leading independent publishing company arose, Silverline/Goldline Music.
Some of his hits include, "IM SETTIN FANCY FREE" by The Oak Ridge Boys, "HILLBILLY HWY." by and with Steve Earle, "TRAIN OF MEMORIES" by Kathy Mattea, "BROKEN TRUST" by Brenda Lee, "HARMONY" by John Conlee, and "PARTY CROWD" by David Lee Murphy.
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