In a music industry aching for authenticity, Thomas Hinds is a hard-touring troubadour surviving on raw talent and a heartfelt folk-rock repertoire. His exquisite third full-length Where Do We Go From Here, recorded at Alabama’s legendary FAME Studios (Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding etc.), has him poised to gatecrash the mainstream.
“I want people to get a sense of comfort from my music, knowing that they’re not alone,” he mulled during a roadside pit stop. “There’s always hope, and there’s beauty even in hard times.”
Like most inspired artists, Hinds’ work is largely autobiographical. It’s simply him: his heart and his life experience laid bare. A songwriter since age 16, he put music on hold when he married young and prioritized parenthood. When the relationship fell apart, Hinds plunged into a dark chapter when only an ultra-prolific, pent-up return to songwriting kept him going.
With his kids grown, Hinds began planning to become a full-time touring musician. Following warm receptions for his 2015 debut album Ghosts and Lamentations and follow-up EP Barbwire Bouquet, he hit the road in earnest in 2019 and soon was playing almost 150 shows a year. Noting that many of the wineries, distilleries, festivals, and house parties he plays were within a 5-hour radius of Atlanta, he gambled on a move from New Mexico to north Georgia.
“I just stepped off the ledge and things just came together to make it happen,” Hinds recalls. “That was confirmation that I was doing the right thing.”
Also an author, Hinds’ poetic soul infuses the blues-based Americana that scales new heights on Where Do We Go From Here, which he self-released in June 2023. Recorded with producer Spencer Coats at the storied FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, the album features an A-list band led by former Bonnie Raitt guitarist Will McFarlane and steel guitar from longtime Garth Brooks bandmate Bruce Bouton.
“I often had the hair on my neck standing up or a tear in my eye, because I was listening to something that had been in my head for years, but I just couldn’t explain,” he recalled.
Hinds is supporting Where Do We Go From Here with evocative video content and, of course, more countless miles in his trusty van. As he converts fans one-by-one, show-by-show, his hard-fought career is already a success by its very existence.
“I always want there to be a silver lining at the end of things,” he concluded, recalling an epiphanous evening drive. “I was in the southern Pennsylvania hills, windows down, in that golden light. And I’m thinking, man, I would never in a million years have imagined this!”
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There is no event parking available at the studio. Parking is available in nearby Guadalupe Street parking lots, in the municipal lot next to Allsups gas station, and ample parking is always available across the street from the studio at the DeVargas Mall.
The Kitchen Sink
“The Carter Family for the millennial generation” is how the Boston Globe describes Damn Tall Buildings, a bluegrass trio dipping its musical toes into swing, ragtime, jazz, and country. The influences are old as the hills, but the infectious dance energy is decidedly young. In their early days, Damn Tall Buildings didn’t rehearse – they busked. Now, whether live or on record, the trio still radiates the energy of a crew of best friends playing bluegrass on the street. Anchoring that energy is their instrumental chops and rock solid songwriting. Whether sharing lead vocals and instrumental solos or blending their voices into high-spirited harmony, Damn Tall Buildings is a tight unit equal parts competence and joy. Their choruses are the kind you sing along to with a glass raised into the air.
In 2013, then students at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, the band took their instruments to nearby street corners and jammed for hours on old bluegrass and blues songs, traditional fiddle tunes, and eventually their own original music. Busking, a continuous test of one’s ability to command an audience’s attention, cemented their closeness and fostered their infectious performance style. Since then, Damn Tall Buildings have recorded four albums, toured widely, and appeared at top roots festivals like Freshgrass, Walnut Valley Festival and Merlefest. We’re jazzed to welcome Damn Tall Buildings to their first-ever performance in Santa Fe.
in collaboration with
Southwest Roots Music
and Santa Fe Performance Exchange
Friday, March 22nd
Thomas Hinds - IN CONCERT
Tickets $20.00 - BUY TICKETS
100% of the evening's proceeds go to the artist
Thursday, April 18th, 2024
Damn Tall Buildings - IN CONCERT
Tickets $20.00 - BUY TICKETS