, Imaginary Jack is an American band that was formed in Minneapolis by singer-songwriter Joe Hines in 2007. He started performing solo under the stage name "A Boy in the Woods" while living in Menomonie, Wisconsin, in 2006. As "A Boy in the Woods", he performed in New York, Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Menomonie and a radio performance in Montreal. He released one solo album before moving to Minnesota in 2007 to form a band with guitarist/pianist Dana Harper, naming it "Imaginary Jack" after the imaginary friend that Hines had as a child.
Between 2007 and 2012 Imaginary Jack performed frequently in the bourgeoning Minneapolis indie-rock scene in venues such as the 7th Street Entry, Fine Line Music Cafe, Cause, and 400 Bar with such acts as Howler, Nice Purse, and Willie Wisely. They were a regular fixture at venues such as The Fine Line and The Acadia Cafe, where they founded a monthly residency called the "Imaginary Music Showcase" for a brief period, which showcased artists that were undiscovered at the time. During this initial period, Imaginary Jack released much of their work on demos which were usually given out for free at their shows. A record deal with Kid Dakota front-man Darren Jackson was reported to be underway during 2010, but midway through recording, the contract fell apart as Darren Jackson made a decision to move from Minnesota to South Dakota for a position teaching music.
In 2013, Joe Hines moved from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Chicago, Illinois. Having parted ways with the original members, Joe Hines paired with Chicago-based drummer Alex Santilli and bassist Tyler Niemi for release and promotion of the "Traphouse" EP, released for free online in 2014. The album is inspired by what Hines encountered during his experience with what he calls "all the worst people from all the worst places".
Joe Hines also worked in the sound department on independent film productions.
The original bassist, Mark N Kartarik, is now a well-regarded music photographer in Minneapolis and qualified as a finalist in the City Pages' Best Twin Cities Photographers of 2014
Joe Hines: Vocals, Guitar (2007-present),
Alex Santilli: Drums (2014),
Tyler Niemi: Bass Guitar (2014),
Former Band Members:
Dana Harper: Piano, Lead Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin (2007-2011),
Mark N Kartarik: Bass (2007-2013),
Eric Whalen: Drums (2010-2013),
Kevin Rieschl: Drums (2009),
Ian Ahola: Drums (2007-2009)
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