Cliff Hines is one of the leading voices in progressive New Orleans music. His compositions defy genre and categorization, steeped in the New Orleans tradition of combining familiar musical elements to create new sounds and atmospheres. His band has toured throughout the United States, performing in notable venues including The Royal Room (Seattle), The Mint (Los Angeles), The Boom Boom Room (San Fransisco), Cervantes and Quixotes (Denver), Sundance Film Festival (Park City), South By Southwest (Austin), and Harvard University (Cambridge), as well as famed New Orleans venues including Snug Harbor, The Blue Nile, One Eyed Jacks, and The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Hines has released two records as a bandleader. Like Mystics of Old featured a fusion of electronic experimentation with pop sensibility. His song, "Pastels" earned lots of attention online for a live performance art music video in which the band functions as a blank canvas that is turned into a "living painting." Cliff's sophomore release, Wanderlust, draws influence from folk and world music in conjunction with his uncanny union of electro-acoustic soundscapes Wanderlust received local and international praise, being featured in both Jazz Magazine in France and Jazzmozaiek Magazine in Belgium. Throughout 2012, Hines toured with The Mike Dillon Band as their bassist/guitarist/keyboardist, and was featured on their debut release Urn. [+]