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Willie Hines
Willie Hines had his first hit single "Wait for Me" become a regional #1 hit in the Central Valley of California with "The Lights." That song charted higher than both The Rolling Stones and Bob Seger at the time. After touring nationally and covering Canada as well Willie left The Lights to form
Jet Red with members who went on to play with Y&T, Journey, Dokken and Heart. Willie, as Jet Red's lead vocalist and guitarist, toured with the likes of hair metal champs Poison and rocker Joe Satriani and Night Ranger amongst others. While Jet Red's sound was best suited for stadiums, Willie the solo artist has reinvented himself and has gone towards a singer/songwriter format - featuring a more stripped back and acoustic driven sound.

The Willie Hines Band (WHB) began as a solo project Willie Hines in 1995 as Willie worked with Jeffery Babineau (who would later become a member of the WHB) in creating new music with total freedom of expression, no longer needing to create songs in the genre from which brought him fame. The project became more subtle, more refined and significantly more eclectic. The hard edge was still there, but subtle and more emotional material also began to emerge. After a long delay in the recording process due to a fire destroying all the original tracks, Willie released
YeahRight to critical acclaim. Songs from YeahRight were featured on Mick Martin's Blues Radio and numerous other radio formats across the USA. As much as this music featured acoustic guitars, there are plenty of electric ones too. Couple that with some super smooth harmonies, strong lead vocals and catchy up tempo pop rock songs and you have "an album that's a real winner" (according to MelodicRock.com). Willie continues to experiment with new song and vocal styles in the process of writing material for the soon-to-be WHB release "Whatever".

Other members of the WHB were:
John Wise
Michael Frowein (aka Fro)
Jeffery Babineau

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Current Members above

Lead Vocals, Guitars, piano, keyboards:
Willie Hines

Guitars, backing vocals:
Jeff Babineau

Bass, backing vocals:
John Wise (2012-present)
John Williams (2000-2011)
Brad Lang

Drums:
Michael "Fro" Frowein (2012-present)
Peter Hackett (2012)
Steve Brown
Jimmy Rehn (2000-2011)

Picture below (L-R: Willie Hines, Jimmy Rehn, Jeff Babineau, John Williams) WHB - mach I

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