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    Growing up in an area where guitarists and cover bands are a dime a dozen, Matt Hines has catapulted his way through the scene. Matt has been acclaimed as one of the best Blues/Rock guitarists in Chicago. 

    Matt Hines was born on May 1st, 1984 in Chicago, IL. He began playing guitar at the age of 12. His practicing quickly became an obsession, and it wasn't long until his family and friends began to recognize his talents. He auditioned and became a member of the Jazz Studio Orchestra at Naperville Central High School at age 18. Later that year, he was asked to play in Drumshow 2003, which was lead by Vern Spevak. He went on a two week European tour with the Jazz Studio Orchestra in July 2003.

    From 2003-2007 Matt attended Southern Illinois University, where he earned BA degree in Classical Guitar and Music Business. Matt formed the rock/reggae band JoBu in 2005. JoBu has since released two studio albums and has toured the Midwest and Florida dozens of times. JoBu has shared the stage with such artists as Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Oteil and the Peacemakers, Devon Allman’s Honeytribe, Ace Frehley, The Hue, My Dear Disco, The Station, 56 Hope road, Back Yard Tire Fire, and Cornmeal.
    Matt returned home to the Chicagoland area in 2011, where he began working hard to perform with as many musicians/bands as possible. In 2012 he founded the group THE TRUSS, a powerhouse energetic rock band. The group featured Mike Hayes (vocals), Andy Neel (Bass) and Maurice Jones (Drums, Ronnie Baker Brooks Band). Their first EP, The Distance, Vol. 1 was released in June 2013. Matt's playing is melodic and anthemic throughout.
    July,27,2013 Matt was awarded as the 1st place champion in Guitar Center's Blues Masters Competition, which was hosted and judged by Joe Bonamassa in Los Angeles, CA. Later that year, He played an opening gig for Bonamassa at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, CA for 3,500 seats. At the beginning of 2014 Matt went into the studio with producer Kevin Shirley (Journey, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Rush, Joe Bonamassa) to record a four song EP.

    In July of 2014, Matt's first solo album "Rollin' It Out" was released. All of the music and lyrics were written by Matt. His playing emanates styles of Eric Johnson, Gary Moore, and Joe Bonamassa. Two of the songs feature  Mike Hayes (THE TRUSS) on lead vocals. You can find "Rollin' It Out" on iTunes and Spotify.

    In 2018, Matt formed the instrumental group Blue Savage. The group has released two studio albums "Soul Switch" and "Ethos."

    In 2020, Matt spent time writing music. He has since been performing his original music as the Matt Hines Band. He has played shows with Anthony Gomes and Davy Knowles. Matt is planning on releasing a new album in fall of 2022.

    In 2021, Matt began playing with the Brooklyn Charmers. A national touring Steely Dan Tribute Band. Vocalist Colin Peterik, son of Jim Peterik (Ides Of March, Survivor,) asked Matt to be a part of his solo band. Matt is currently performing with Colin Peterik.
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