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Letters to Maria

by Willie Hines

The highly anticipated follow up to Willie Hines 2014 release "Whatever"
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. (I'm Not Waiting for The) Heartbreak
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2. Little Tin Cup
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3. This Is Our Love
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4. Standing at the Altar
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5. Dont Let Go
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6. Let's Not Waste Time
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7. In the End
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8. On Fire
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9. Waiting for a Miracle
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10. The Tenth Letter
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Album Notes
"Everything I've ever written has been on acoustic guitar or piano, and this time around they followed me into the studio."
Hines is known more for crunchy guitars, big drums and even bigger vocals but Letters To Maria finds him stripping it down a bit to reveal the vulnerability of the songs themselves. Pianos dance in a cloudy mist, cellos suggest melodies not sung, acoustic guitars shimmer and electric ones shake when necessary. It starts with the loudest song on the album and closes with the quietest, investing a pop sensibility into the mix of romantic abandon and personal redemption. Little Tin Cup evokes the spirit of Dan Fogelberg, On Fire sports a fine guitar solo a la Dicky Betts and Let's Not Waste Time is a catchy little pop song, period. Lyrics like "I just want to be the man you want, to dispel those ghosts of yours that haunt." from In The End and "Writing our names in the stars, constellations like cars pass us by in our sea of dreams" from The Tenth Letter betray a melancholy undercurrent that comes from knowing just how fragile and precious love is.
"Y'know, I've run the race, from high school gymnasiums to outdoor amphitheaters and back again and I got pretty lost there for quite awhile and an old and dear friend saved my life. And in the end I married her and the amazing thing to me now, in the autumn of my years, is that the joy of discovery in music and life never goes away. It's a beautiful thing."

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Ken Drew

Willie Hines- this letter was worth the wait......
I am a Willie Hines apologist and I make no bones about it. A fan since his Jet Red days, I have been fortunate to see the transformation from a hard rockin’ sound to a more current sound that will clearly be ignored by the general public. Why you ask? We continue to see artists with musical integrity overlooked by the masses every single year. I know that if you purchase or download this album, you will soon find it playing on your headphones, earbuds, and car speakers on a regular basis.

The wait for “Letters To Maria” has been a little longer than anyone had hoped but it was certainly worth the wait. This album is highly personal yet it is also extremely accessible. Those looking for Jet Red will be somewhat disappointed but that is not the goal here. The goal here was to piece together an album that features finely crafted songs that have a sprinkle of rock and pop sensibility.

Backed by former band mates and friends including Brad Lang (Jet Red, Y&T, Ratt, and so many more), Johnny Feikert (Jet Red, Kap ‘N Kruch) as well as Billy Carmassi (Jet Red’s original drummer), the album flows together like a nice story that you read on a cool fall day. The winner here is your ears.

Willie may or may not admit that this album is purely selfish but it doesn’t matter because it is best described as an easy, enjoyable listen. Wille notes "Y'know, I've run the race, from high school gymnasiums to outdoor amphitheaters and back again and I got pretty lost there for quite awhile and an old and dear friend saved my life. And in the end I married her and the amazing thing to me now, in the autumn of my years, is that the joy of discovery in music and life never goes away. It's a beautiful thing."

My personal favorite is “On Fire” but I have a version of Willie doing this acoustically that is even better than what he has placed here. Of course, I am spoiled by listening to the acoustic version for years. “Don’t Let Go” is a catchy little ditty that is infectious. “Let’s Not Waste Time” conjurors up a time when radio would play songs like this. The album starts with “(I’m Not Waiting For The) Heartbreak” which helps kick off 39 minutes a auditory gratification.

Well done Mr. Hines. Well done. When is the next album due…….because I want it!
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