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Jimbeau Hinson

Jimbeau Hinson

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 Brothers, 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 a natural progression from High School to Nashville...and the school of hard knocks. Jimbeau quickly 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.

Tiring of the road, he then decided to concentrate on his career as a songwriter and secured recordings by Lynn Anderson, Carol Channing, Brenda Lee, and others.

In the early seventies his path crossed with the then gospel group, the Oak Ridge Boys. He signed on as manager of their publishing company and was instrumental in their switch from gospel to country music.

From the phenomenal success of the Oak Ridge Boys, a leading independent publishing company arose, Silverline/Goldline Music.

Jimbeau now resides with his wife, Brenda Fielder, on their ranch forty-five minutes outside of Nashville. There he mentors young writers and plays host to a legion of the hottest, most successful tunesmiths on the planet.

Note: There is a terrific audio Interview with Jimbeau (and you can hear Jimbeau sing!) in the Backstage Archives at!

Cuts and Credits:
Fancy Free - The Oak Ridge Boys
Hillbilly Highway - Steve Earle
Train of Memories - Kathy Mattea
Broken Trust - Brenda Lee
Harmony - John Conlee
Party Crowd - David Lee Murphy

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James Slater

James Slater

The dynamic JAMES SLATER, singer-songwriter-pianoman extraordinaire, weaves tales of love won and lost with powerful pop songs, strong ballads and emotive piano playing. An exotic mix of British-Bolivian and American blood, gives James a huge range of musical diversity from which to draw. With his songs he spreads passion as powerful as any tropical hurricane, and his music is as exciting as the wild nature which he grew up around.

James Slater is known for his energetic and soul driven live performances. The song Poco A Poco whirls up the subject of a man who missed the chance to marry the woman of his dreams, a tragically beautiful number rendered with Latin charisma. His performances prove that there are still artists out there who can totally enjoy themselves in concert without calculating their every move.

James’ goal is: "With each song I hope to have a three-and-a-half minute emotional impact on people. Move them...make them connect, feel something - move them, and that moves me."

Note: James Slater has become a staple at the monthly Durango Songwriter's Night in Nashville. Learn more here.

Cuts and Credits:
That's Why God Made Mexico - Tim McGraw
In My Daughter's Eyes - Martina McBride

Michelle Shocked

Michelle Shocked

This critically acclaimed and eclectic songstress has recorded five albums —The Texas Campfire Tapes (Mercury, 1986), Short Sharp Shocked (Mercury, 1988), Captain Swing (Mercury, 1989), Arkansas Traveler (Mercury, 1992), Kind Hearted Woman (1994)— that vary widely in musical style and content and which have earned her a large, diverse and passionate following around the globe.

Shocked's long list of accomplishments includes a Grammy win for her collaboration with guitarist/producer Pete Anderson (also an EXPO alumni!) on "Oh! Susanna" released on the CD Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster.

Michelle Shocked is a Member and was a Featured Headliner in the event-closing concert at the 2005 Durango Songwriters Expo.

"Record Companies know how vulnerable creativity is and that the slightest attack can make artists feel like abused children and they'll retreat. I refuse to look at them as my parents. I just look at them as equals in a power struggle...I regard myself as a true American musician, and I play every style that is my heritage." —Michelle Shocked

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