Bob Hinkle is an Asheville native and co-owner of White Horse Black Mountain spent over 40 years in New York at the center of popular American music. Beneath his humble demeanor and casual approach is a lifetime of experiences and relationships with many of America’s finest musicians, record labels, and companies of the past half-century.
Bob has worn many hats in his career; singer ,songwriter, poet, recording artist, composer/lyricist, corporate executive, consultant, music writer, artist manager, executive producer, record label founder and president. These roles brought Bob Hinkle in contact with a virtual who's who of the music industry as he moved from concert stage to recording studio to corporate office and negotiated recording and publishing contracts, managed major recording artists, optioned literary works for film and stage, managed worldwide concert tours, negotiated licenses for feature films, television and merchandising, and administered relationships with major talent agencies.
Bob began his career as a performer while in college at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He was a member of a trio called The Good Earth and when he and his bandmates graduated they headed straight to New York where a recording contract awaited them with the DynoVoice label. DynoVoice released several recordings of The Good Earth including How Deep Is The Ocean, I Can See A Light, A Funny Thing Happened (Anytime), Must I Really Go Thru This Again, There's More Than One Road To Philadelphia and others.
After a couple years of touring and recording with The Good Earth including serving as the backup band for Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Bob released a solo recording of his own entitled Ollie Mogus.
The early 70’s found Hinkle moving more directly into the business industry of the music industry, serving as co-director of Ampex Records where his duties included making recommendations about up-and-coming young musicians like James Taylor and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Key artists on the Ampex label during Hinkle’s tenure included Todd Rundgren, Jesse Winchester Mason Profitt, Speckled Bird, and Jesse Winchester. Bluesman Furry Lewis also released a live album on Ampex.
From 1972 to 1974, Bob consulted for Capitol Records, Albert Grossman (manager of Peter, Paul & Mary, Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin) and Audio Fidelity Records. During this time he also served as a consultant to The Band on their first live recording.
Harry Chapin who released six albums under the leadership of Hinkle.
For the next fifteen plus years, Bob Hinkle and Jeb Hart successfully managed the careers of leading pop music starts including: The J. Geils Band, Tom Chapin, Manfred Mann, Naked Eyes, Patti Lupone, Etta James and others.
.......and that's just the beginning. Bob's career would take pages to write. In addition to managing White Horse Black Mountain, Bob is working on publication of a book of his poetry.