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Young Hines, from Griffin, GA, got his name as being unnamed at birth and the being the youngest of seven kids. So, some unknown person wrote “Young Mr. Hines” on his patient info sheet and it just stuck.


You can definitely hear Young’s strong musical influences in his album filled with wonderfully crafted songs. His path to get his first record, “Give Me My Change” happened quite organically and by chance. Young was living and playing shows in Chicago. He played clubs and sold his albums making a living like every musician does. The songs he wrote took inspiration from a certain style of taped home studio recordings like, oddly enough, “Lapalco” among others.

Then something unique and a little sympatico happened.

The very musician behind Lapalco, Brendan Benson (Singer / Songwriter & The Raconteurs) was getting his house painted. These painters were listening to Young’s music while working. They soon connected down in Nashville and after some obvious chemistry the album, “Give Me My Change”, was produced for Benson’s new label Readymade Records.

A great story how things just are meant to be.

Young was quite nice to take the time to answer some of our questions. So, enjoy and make sure you catch him on tour. Also be sure to get his album  “Give Me My Change” was produced for Benson’s new label Readymade Records.

T-LIVE: How’s living in such a musical town like Nashville treating you?
Young Hines: It’s great! Nice to have most of my ReadyMade label mates so close!

T-LIVE: How does that affect your musical day to day?
YH: Makes sessions and gigs a lot easier. It’s one thing to have a digital social network but Nashville keeps it tangible. Until teleportation then I’m outta here.

T-LIVE:So you’re on Brendan Benson’s Label, Readymade Records, which he produced your fantastic album “Give Me My Change.” It’s a great and genuine story on how you connected. Describe your experiences with Brendan on this record.
YH: Give Me My Change LP was done in 9 days. We did a couple of songs a day starting fresh with each song. The 18 songs Brendan chose to record came from 54 demos I gave him. He said his goal was to get the best of these songs sounding better than the demos I had done at home, mainly drums, while keeping some of the vibe of the demos.That’s where starting fresh comes into play or planning accordingly. Brendan brought in some great musicians to play with me including Brad Pemberton on drums, Sam Farrar on bass.

T-LIVE: Also, being one of the first acts on the label, was there extra pressure on the both of you to get this record out?
YH: I think everybody in the ReadyMade crew was excited to get this one out. It was all fun for me. More excitement than pressure.

T-LIVE: Talk about your recording & songwriting process–Do you start with lyrics or some harmony in your head?
YH: It can be both separately or at the same time. I have an equal sea of lost lyrics as melodies. I just try to keep a song idea interesting to me. So much so that I want to record it (demo it) that day.

T-LIVE: Do you find yourself a one-take kind of guy?
YH: If I’m at home I’m one take all the way. I like all the extra noise but I understand why it’s important to do take after take while in the studio.

T-LIVE: Or are you a meticulous music chart/ breakdown type?
YH: When it calls for it I will chart. Sometimes harmonies when left to intuition get a bit boring.

T-LIVE: Since your first recordings to your last full record, how have you evolved as a songwriter?
YH: I’d like to think I’ve gotten a bit wiser but I’m not sure that’s the case! I started recording early. I was always fascinated with the machines and microphones. I’ve gotten over that I suppose. I don’t geek out on gear the way I used to. I feel I could get a good sound out of a toaster if that’s all I had to work with these days.

T-LIVE: In your videos “Can’t Explode” and more specifically “Rainy Day”– The subject is about relationship issues. Does it feel a bit cathartic to have that on film, more than in song? Or do you view it as an extension of the song?
YH: Well the Rainy Day video came first. Right after we finished the record there was that moment of “What next?” perhaps in hindsight it was jumping the gun a bit but some friends and I went up on top of Love hill in Nashville and just shot a quick bit of fun tromping around in mud puddles during a storm. To answer your question yes, at the time plus I didn’t want to come off too mushy out of the gate!

T-LIVE: Could you explain the vision on those two videos?
YH: Can’t Explode video was an explosion of hard work in a short time by a dedicated few. The video was directed by Jonathan Pears whom I met when I first arrived in Nashville. He has a band called “The Rentmakers” so musicians can do just that. We call him J.P. But everybody calls him at some point for help in some type of artistic venture around east Nashville. He knew a guy that had a “real camera” and the knowledge to use it Mr. Jared Rauso.

We all got together at 1979 studios in a hallway one afternoon thanks to Chris Mara owner/operator and rocked out. I haven’t really gotten to direct a video from start to finish yet. I did Brendan’s “Pretty Baby” video but even it got away from what I was after. I saw a much darker (humor and gore) video than they were prepared to release.

T-LIVE: We’re a show about live music; I’d like to talk about your live music experiences.
YH: Since I was 18, I played 120+ shows a year opening for acts such as Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and The Raconteurs until moving to Nashville to record Give Me My Change with Brendan Benson. My live shows have become much more intermittent while recording comes to the forefront though I still manage to do a few a month.

Doing so few shows has allowed me to take each gig as a fresh start. Some nights solo, some nights with a duo, some night a full band, or maybe just focusing on a certain flavor of my tunes for the night. Light loose alive.

T-LIVE: What’s your most prized musical possession or essential instrument?
YH: I’ve got a guitar one serial number away from Lennon’s that I got from a preacher at The Crossroads near Newnan GA one summer night as a teenager. I played that guitar all over the place until Yoko Ono displayed the famous J160e for the first time and I noticed the serial numbers were nearly the same.

T-LIVE: Is there a guitar, pedal or amp that makes onto every album or tour?
YH: That 1964 J-160e makes it on most of the recordings and not as many of the live shows.

T-LIVE: What is your recorded live performance that you’re most proud of?
YH: I haven’t played that gig yet. I’m proud of every show. In lieu of that I’ll share with you a very cool show I did on a trolley in SF!

T-LIVE: What’s your favorite mandatory record, which in your opinion, is a must in a music fan’s record collection?
YH: Pet Sounds

T-LIVE: Also, being the youngest of seven kids, what albums of your brothers & sisters did you “borrow” and still might have. (We won’t tell them, promise.)
YH: James Taylor, Tu Pac, The Outfielders, Enya, Helmet, The Gap Band

T-LIVE: What was your first concert as a kid?
YH: John Denver at The Fox Theater in Atlanta

T-LIVE: What musician did you want to emulate growing up or still do? (For example, favorite guitar tone or favorite voice? Who still gives you the musical goose bumps?)
YH: Roy Orbison
T-LIVE: What was one of your favorite live gigs and why?
YH: Opening for Little Richard was great because he told me and my bandmates that we were four of the prettiest white boys he ever saw! The Show was at The Georgia Dome and it was packed. All around great night in Atlanta.

T-LIVE: What’s the most bizarre (or dare say, worst) gig?
YH: The next morning after the Little Richard show in Atlanta we played a wedding reception where only the bride and groom came, the bride got upset because the husband couldn’t stop hiccupping, so he took off his shirt to relieve the hiccup pain and passed out during our first few songs…. and an ambulance took him away soon after. Gig over.

T-LIVE: What are you looking forward to on your next tour? New cities you haven’t seen? Or guilty tourist stops (for example, the worlds largest ceramic artichoke, is about 100 miles south from San Francisco.)
YH: I really want to see the Pyramids at Giza. Maybe USO?

T-LIVE: What are your plans for the remainder of 2013?
YH: Working on a second album with Brendan at the moment and hopefully a tour to come!

T-LIVE: Last question and thank you very much for your time. We’re very excited to see you live! Are you coming to the west coast and the SF Bay Area soon?
YH: I imagine I will get out there before the year is up! Thanks!

Be sure to get the Young Hines album “Give Me My Change” at Readymade Records or at iTunes. Please follow Young Hines on Facebook and at his website

~G

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