Michael Hinckley releases outstanding “Hang a Black Cloth”


by Dave Carew

Several years ago, when I reviewed the eponymous album by Engines of Commotion (of which Michael Hinckley was a member), I wrote that Michael’s Americana music is “rendered with a loving artfulness that speaks of [his] deep devotion to this most mystical of American musical expressions.”

That devotion is newly evident in Hang a Black Cloth, Michael’s outstanding solo debut. In 11 masterfully chiseled songs, the Nebraska-born singer-songwriter again reveals his intense personal commitment to musical authenticity and a simple-yet-profound poetry.

Right from its first track, this album aims for the heart and finds its mark. Michael’s uniquely compelling voice takes us across mystic landscapes previously sanctified by real-deal artists like Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan, and the Avett Brothers. But while Michael’s artistic journey may echo those artists, it does so squarely on its own terms. As listeners we feel we’ve been invited to the heart of something very precious and vulnerable here—to a region intensely human and uniquely compelling, accessible to anyone who cherishes the quiet, burning illumination manifest in the best of Americana music. Highly recommended.

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David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit:


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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew



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