In 1980 at the ripe old age of twenty four years and some change Willie Hines scored a bonafide(albeit regional) number one hit single with his band THE LIGHTS out of Modesto, California that spent the summer in the top ten alongside Bob Seger, Paul McCartney and the Stones. “And my career has being going downhill quite nicely ever since.”
A lot of roadwork ensued over the next few years until the northern California singer/songwriter/guitarist got a second wind in 1988 with his next band JET RED, signing with Relativity/Sony and releasing a self titled debut in 1989, supporting labelmate Joe Satriani, Y & T and others before calling it a day in 1992.
Letters To Maria marks Hines’ third solo offering since the 2000 debut “Yeahright”. “Whatever”, his second, was released in 2014. Online reviews from Melodicrock.com to Amazon have been positive and favorable. Inbetween days have found Hines releasing two full length albums with FACE CARDS, a side project endorsed by Grammy winner Bill Champlin(Chicago, Earth, Wind and Fire), as well as placing a song on the CdSmash! Tribute To Enuff Z’ Nuff and providing background vocals on “Hai Hai”, the second solo album from Supertramp’s Roger Hodson.