Keith Hinton
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Keith Hinton


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CD "It's What I Do" available at and
"Howlin' at the Moon" and "Shift in the Wind" available at and
"Working Girl" available at



Keith Hinton arrived in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1984, as a staff writer for the Pride Music Group. From there he was signed as a staff writer by Russ Zavitson to Sheddhouse Music at Music Row's legendary Music Mill. He was hired to help organize Billy Ray Cyrus' studio band and play guitar for Billy Ray's debut record,
"Some Gave All", contributing the country/rock riffs which helped to sell some 13 million records. Soon after, a song penned by Keith and Jimmy Stewart, "A Little Less Talk (and a Lot More Action)", became Toby Keith's second number one song and a staple to close his live shows. The song won an ASCAP "Most Popular Song" Award and has become one of the most requested and programmed recurrent songs in country music, with over 5 million airplays to date. It was featured on a Toby Keith Super Bowl Party with Toby Keith, Willie Nelson, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Sammy Hagar, Ted Nugent, and others jamming on an extended version of the song.
In 1992, Keith signed on at Warner Chappell Music, where he wrote "In the Heart of a Woman" with Brett Cartwright. This song became the first single on Billy Ray Cyrus' second album "It Won’t Be the Last" and his second Number one song. Keith played acoustic and electric guitars on the song, and contributed the acoustic and much of the electric guitars on the rest of this and the following album, "Storm in the Heartland".
While at Warner Chappell, the song "Girl Thang", written by Keith, Judy Rodman, and Michele Laybourn, was recorded as a duet by Tammy Wynette and Wynona. It appeared on Tammy's last record.
In 1996, a song written by Keith and Judy Rodman, "One Way Ticket (Because I Can)" became LeAnn Rimes' first Number one song. It won an ASCAP "Most Popular Song" Award and helped to propel her debut album, "Blue", to seven plus million in sales, and helped set the standard for the new female artists in Nashville. This song has since become a classic recurrent, according to BMI, and continues to be one of country radio's most requested songs. It is also featured in the 1996 Christmas movie that LeAnn starred in.
Currently, Keith resides on the edge of Music City and is raising his two sons and building a new catalog of songs for his "Sure Feel Music" publishing company, working with some old friends and some new talent as writer/producer/player.