My relationship with Shane Hines began when I was pulled out from underneath the bed and placed at his feet. I hadn’t been played for months and was excited to be in the hands of an active singer-songwriter. Our friendship together started off slow but I took a liking to how he approached each song with a passionate urgency that begged listeners to turn in their seats and listen.
The more time we spent together, I began to realize that his talent for hauntingly sweet melodies was well complimented by insightfully brave and honest lyrics. As his trusty acoustic guitar, I did the best I could to provide lush chord voicings and softly spoken fingerpicking passages. When we hit the road, I was right there in the back seat along side jugs of water, a few books, and some CD’s by artists such as B.B. King and the Beatles.
With each strum, a small hole began to wear away in the top of my body and as our tour schedule expanded, Shane Hines was literally breaking through in all parts of the country. Local and regional success took us from Boston to Tennessee, where my case was run over at an outdoor house concert, while national touring grabbed the attention of USA Today. An international tour found us playing at Abbey Road Studios and eventually caught the ear of artist representatives from Orange Amplifiers and Gibson Guitars. This led to the day our family finally expanded and I met my brother, J-45.
The new acoustic in the family started coming along for the ride and I found I was being replaced at some of the best writing houses in Nashville writing songs with Lori McKenna, Jim Lauderdale, Cory Batten and other amazing writers. In fact, the new guitar was exclusively played on the upcoming album “All the Quiet, All the Chaos”. On recent tours with indie breakout artist Corey Smith, I’ve found myself staying off to the side of the stage. However, I don’t mind. After being a part of the show for so many years, I can now sit back and enjoy what everyone has been listening to all this time; a singer songwriter that writes from the heart and sings from the soul.