At the Office: Brendan Benson, Young Hines and Howling Brothers


This week, we welcomed Brendan Benson, Young Hines, and Howling Brothers to our HQ to for our first ever in-office performance.

Most notably known for being one fourth of The Raconteurs, Brendan Benson hit the road this summer in support of his fifth solo studio album, What Kind of World. This is the first record on Benson’s brand new label Readymade Records. Also on tour is fellow labelmate, Young Hines with his debut album Give Me My Change. Blue-grass band Howling Brothers supports them for their west coast dates.

We sat down with Young Hines to talk music and blast him with quickfire questions. Be sure to take a peek at all the pictures from the live performances here.

Five Questions with Young Hines

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    I think Nick Drake had a pretty cool catalog of music. I don’t know how widely known it is but he had a pretty cool way of saying certain things.
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    I would listen to San Francisco Days by Chris Isaac.
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    Blue Hawaii by Elvis. I remember that used to be blasted like crazy. I think that record was actually see through blue, and even as a kid I knew that that was cool.

    Well really, my eldest brother is actually the first person, the first thing I remember. I remember crawling and crying, going down this hallway for some reason — which tells you a lot about life — but I remember seeing him sitting Indian style on his bed playing his guitar. I didn’t know he was my brother but I sensed it. And I remember him saying, “What’s the matter, Young?”

    And he was just playing this song that he ended putting on a record. His name is Matt Jordan. Particularly the song “My House.”
  4. We hope people are __ when they listen to our music.
    Just happy. In the end, it shouldn’t leave you feeling too terrible.
  5. We were thinking about _when we wrote music for the new album.
  6. Quickfire Questions with Young Hines

    • Acoustic or electric?
    • Neil Young or Neil Diamond?
      Neil Young.
    • Kanye or Taylor Swift?
    • Lollapalooza or Bonnaroo?
      The first years on both are good but if I had to pick I’d have to say Lollapalooza just because it came first.
    • “Higher Ground” by Stevie Wonder or “Under Pressure” by Queen?
      Oh, Stevie Wonder. Totally.

∞  June 11, 2012 — 9:00AM