Bio

Josh Roberts and the Hinges love to do the Rock and Roll Thing! They live in Charleston, SC. They are touring their bottom dollars off, and are hard at work on a brand new album with producer Ryan Monroe (Band of Horses), which will be ready very soon.

“I want to cross folk mystery with country and blues emotion and electric guitar power,” says Josh Roberts. “We want to make melting pot American music, real rock and roll music with the roots showing.”

Josh Roberts and the Hinges have shared stages with artists as diverse as George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic, Band of Horses, Drive by Truckers, Shovels and Rope, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Leon Russell, Drivin n Cryin, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Billy Joe Shaver, Robert Randolph, The Whiskey Gentry, Danielle Howle, Dead Confederate, Robert Earle Keen, moe., Mutemath, The Futurebirds, The Jompson Brothers (Chris Stapleton), JGB, SUSTO, Moonshine Still, Patrick Davis, Stockholm Syndrome, Jordan Igoe, Have Gun Will Travel, Radiolucent, Angie Aparo, Sevendust, Acoustic Syndicate, 7 Mary 3, Five Eight, and many more.

Here are a few things some people with very good taste have to say about their previous 4 albums, as well as the singular Hinges live experience.

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This is my favorite band. There aren’t many groups out there that play a festival like a bar gig and a bar gig like a festival, but Josh Roberts And The Hinges do exactly that. When the Hinges are onstage, I get the impression that they are the only people on earth who are aware of a missile headed toward the gig that will blow everyone to bits on the final, final chord of their set. It’s as if three men in suits and shades always come backstage five minutes before they go on and give them this classified information, and they are sworn to secrecy in order not to cause a panic. The Hinges are a warning of some sort; I can’t quite put a finger on it, and I fucking love it. Josh is a goose-bump-inducing songwriter, poet, guitar-slingin’ badass and inspires me to no end. The Hinges are the real deal, folks. Consider this is your first warning.
                                 
- Ryan Monroe (Band of Horses), Magnetmagazine.com 

 


"Calculatingly Turbulent"

- Otis Taylor, The State Newspaper

 

The tender “Steady As We Can,” possibly the best song Roberts has even written; the driving “Perfect Cheer”; the waltzing “It’s Just Like This Love.”

It’s a record that wins by paring its songs down to their essences. Distance eschews the flash of live Hinges gigs and the liquidity of Roberts’ live solos for a focus on expert arrangements and songwriting. The only solo-heavy song is the sprawling, incandescent closer “The Last Wilderness,”...

- Patrick Wall, Free Times

 

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“...On stage and in the studio, Josh Roberts and the Hinges embody that spark that made titans of Dylan in the ‘60s, Neil Young in the ‘70s, and Springsteen in the ‘80s.”

“...the touchstone is Roberts’ most excellent way with words. Whether he’s inspired by The Tudors, Smokey and the Bandit, or contemplating the duality of man, Roberts taps into something universally true, amazing, and truly amazing.

“Roberts has been making music — good music — for a long while, but on last year’s “My War Cry is Amor,” the son-of-a-gun painted his masterpiece. All hyperbole aside, “My War Cry is Amor” is a sprawling, cinemascopic set of blessed Rock’n’Roll that only the south seems capable of producing.

— Kevin Langston, Free Times (Columbia, SC)


“Josh Roberts looks like Ryan Adams on a particularly grizzled day — with his long, stringy hair and a five-day beard paired with hole-bitten jeans and a ruffled flannel. Throughout his high-powered show in West Ashley, he and his band displayed the same intensity that made Whiskeytown and The Cardinals so successful.

“Roberts is a talented axe man, to be sure, but the Hinges operated on the more-than-the-sum-of-its-parts principle. Roberts is a demanding and highly effective frontman, riding the ebbs and flows that come with playing in any bar venue, and the mix of screaming two-part guitar riffs and softer vocal harmonies suited the room just fine...”

— Eric Liebetrau, Charleston City Paper (Charleston, SC)


“For Are You Going to Eat That?, Josh Roberts pours a few fingers of whiskey, pulls up a stool and grabs an acoustic guitar for a seven-song sabbatical from the Hinges, his regular rock outfit out of Columbia, SC. The time off is well spent. “The Reformation” with Leslie Branham on harmony vocals has the feel of a classic Johnny & June Carter Cash collaboration without coming off as petty larceny; “My Sweet” leans more to the Gram Parsons/Emmylou Harris side of duets. “Wasp In Dirt Dauber’s Clothes” shares the same punk-rock simplicity as Link Wray’s “Rumble ‘65.” Roberts ponders his unorthodox outlawlessness on “I Guess I’m A Bit Of An Outlaw After All” and contemplates the meaning of life (and shows he’s no slouch on the slide guitar) on “Atom Inhabiter,” but it never comes off as idle navel gazing.”

— Andy Tennille (blurtonline.com)


“Roberts, a scrappy singer with smoke tinged vocals, speaks like a philosopher.”

— Otis Taylor, The State (Columbia, SC)

 

 

Josh Roberts and the Hinges' fist album, “The Sugar Bird Test” was released in September 2005. It’s a bash-it-out, live-in-the-studio rock record, with vocal parties and spontaneous songwriting. The album is largely a love letter from Josh to Leslie, mixed with some traditional folk themes. “The Sugar Bird Test” received excellent reviews for its ear-blowing guitar riffs and catchy, engaging choruses.


In 2007, the band released “My War Cry is Amor,” a cinematic, emotional and literary Thanksgiving dinner of rock. Although each song stands powerfully alone, this is truly an album, one that explores the dualities of man and God, love and war, and true life and death, all with virtuoso musicianship and the kind of happy accidents that made it exciting for the band to make and intriguing for fans to hear. The album was produced by Alan Moon, and some songs were co-written by Ryan Monroe, a member of Band of Horses and Josh’s former bandmate in Captain Easy.


Josh released a solo album titled “Are You Going to Eat That?” in 2008, which was recorded at Brakentracks in Columbia, SC and produced by Alan Moon. Josh had been doing solo/duo acoustic music for years, but had never released a proper record. Josh was joined in the studio by Larry Gornto (original Hinges drummer), Harris Gardner (mandolin), Dennis Steele (pedal steel), Alan Moon (bass), and Leslie Branham and Nicole Hagenmeyer (vocals).

 

With 2012 came the release of  "Mighty Old Distance and Murky Old Time," another Alan Moon-produced Rock and Roll roller coaster of a record. Tender lows and raucous highs still make for a tightly focused album, and the songwriting is better than ever. "As Steady as We Can" rings with an epic softness, while "Cobwebs" and "The Last Wilderness" show off the band's mighty vocal and instrumental chops, respectively.