With the influx of change in Nashville, TN, the story of an artist’s move to Music City with the hopes of chasing a dream is not unheard of. Josh Rennie-Hynes, however, is not your typical Nashville transplant. Music is, and always has been number one. When the opportunity presented itself for him to make the move and focus solely on creating his next album, the distance from Australia to Nashville seemed like nothing. With that, the transition and growth that came from the move became an embedded inspiration on his stunning new album, Patterns.
In three short days, Patterns was recorded live to tape at Sound Emporium studios in late August 2018. The album finds Rennie-Hynes’ exploring new territory as an artist, both stylistically and lyrically and the result is raw, powerful and immediate. He was accompanied by an all star band that consisted of Alex Munoz (Margo Price, Nikki Lane) on production and guitar, Allen Jones (Lilly Hiatt, Will Hoge) on drums, Christopher Griffiths (Will Hoge) on bass, and Micah Hulscher (Margo Price) on keys. The arrangements and production are intentionally lean to allow space for the band and songs to breathe, while Rennie-Hynes’ voice captivates from beginning to end – the common thread throughout.
Josh Rennie-Hynes received the prestigious 2018 Nashville Songwriters’ Residency from the Australian Arts Council, awarded to him on the back of two critically acclaimed solo albums, as well as his most recent project, The Ahern Brothers. Of their debut album, Rolling Stone said ‘The Duo’s vocal harmonies and careworn guitars shiver with timeless feeling. A mesmerizing contemporary recording; restrained, pithy and pure.” They wrapped up with a successful farewell tour, and two months later Josh Rennie-Hynes boarded his plane for the U.S. By taking that leap, he was found tuning in, moving forward, and trusting life in a state of sheer vulnerability – themes ever present throughout Patterns. This album presents Josh Rennie-Hynes with a new sound – one that is gritty, honest, and fully formed. It is a masterly crafted recording by an artist now coming into his own.