Band of the Day

2012.04.15

Young Hines

A Southern singer-songwriter is discovered from a fortuitous paint job
Got my guitar, got my songs, it's a good life after all.
lyrics from Young Again

Young Hines is a singer-songwriter originally from Griffin, Georgia, but currently based in Nashville, Tennessee. The youngest of seven children, Hines first picked up a guitar at the age of 12. In high school, he began self-recording and selling cassettes at a local record shop in Griffin. Hines was also part of a 60's cover band in college, before starting the group Bailey Jester with his eldest brother, Matt Jordan. After taking a job in Chicago, post-college, Hines started recording demos in a home studio and selling them at shows and online. One of the demos was overheard by singer-songwriter Brendan Benson (of The Raconteurs), when someone who was painting his house happened to be playing it. Benson e-mailed Hines a cover of his song, “Only In A Dream,” and invited Hines down to Nashville to record his debut album Give Me My Change. It was released on Benson's label, Readymade Records, in April 2012, and Hines was the first artist signed to the label.

Sometimes catching your big break is best left to the fickle hands of fate. Since he first picked up a guitar at the age of 12, Young Hines has been trying to find his way in the music industry. In high school, he sold recorded and sold cassettes at a local record shop in Griffin, Georgia. During college, he was in a group called Bailey Jester with his eldest brother, Matt Jordan. Post-college, after relocating to Chicago for a job, Hines began recording demos in a home studio and selling them at local concerts and online. One day, nearly 500 miles south of Chicago, in Nashville, Tennessee, a friend of Hines' happened to be playing one of his demos while painting singer-songwriter Brendan Benson's house. Benson (of The Raconteurs) overheard the demo, asked who it was, and went on to record and e-mail Hines a cover of his song “Only In A Dream.” It wasn't long until Young Hines became the first artist signed to Benson's record label, Readymade Records, and moved down to Nashville to record his debut album, Give Me My Change. “Young Again” is a quick (under a minute) introductory track, with just Hines' bluesy vocals accompanying what sounds like an ancient slide guitar and a lightly-brushed snare drum. It doesn't take long for Hines to establish that he's not an artist that can easily be pegged into one genre of music—without any forewarning, a heavy power chord comes in and demolishes the languid bluesy-ness of “Young Again,” melding into the album's title track. It's an aggressive rocker that has Hines spitting out, “Give me my fucking change back/Just give me my fucking change!” While Hines can be ballsy as hell in tracks like “Give Me My Change”, he's not afraid to show his softer side with “Rainy Day.” Hines' voice recalls some of the more tender moments of The Beatles, especially the way he stretches the “you” to seven syllables in the line “every day is just another rainy day waiting for you.” A sweetly-strummed acoustic guitar, plinking piano, and string section come together in an exquisitely romantic package. Whether he's playing the role of a lovelorn crooner, or a furious bluesman, Young Hines knows how to keep you drawn in to every single one of the album's thirteen songs.