Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood described Hinton as "if Otis Redding met Howlin' Wolf somewhere in the middle." The '60s and '70s soul singer, it seems, was a troubled soul, who spent time in mental institutions and was at times homeless later in life. However, he is a hero of the D-B Truckers and the band dedicated one of their mini-documentaries that accompanied the release of Go-Go Boots to the impact Hinton's music had on the recording of the album. Said Patterson: "Back in the 60's and 70's, Eddie Hinton lived and recorded in my hometown of Muscle Shoals Alabama where he was a part of the thriving music scene that was based there. A triple threat (singer, guitar player and songwriter) Eddie participated in hit music by Percy Sledge, Bobby Womack, Aretha Franklin, Boz Scaggs, Dusty Springfield. Later he made several incredible albums as a solo artist."
Patterson added: "He passed away in 1995 and has since amassed a small but devoted cult following that includes the members of our band."