Arthur Hine, aka RT,
has been a quiet background influence in American recorded
music for over 40 years. Along the way he had a record company
(Armtrac Records), managed one of the greatest unknown bands
in history (Sneaky Cookin'), and wrote songs for various
artists, such as Howie Wyeth and Marianne Faithful. Raspy-voiced
and grey-bearded, he is a "surprise baby," re-entering
Blues performance after a 30 year lay-out. He has been taking
Woodstock venues by storm with a combination of ironic lyrics,
catchy tunes and off beat rhythms.
"I was born in da Bronx.
A good day there was hanging out in the woods that surrounded
the Bronx Zoo or writing by the side of the Bronx River
or Lake Agassiz (lol). Then I discovered that a subway train
could take me to another universe, and as a young teenager,
I felt drawn to Greenwich Village. There, I ran into another
kid from Brooklyn, Ned Carter (Edward Edelman), a folk and
classical guitarist, who taught me how to play. We would
play in Washington Square Park or the local coffee houses
like The Rafio, The Fat Black Pussy Cat, Rienzi's, The Third
Side Cafe, The Basement, The Cafe Wha? and others; Ned sang
folk songs and I read my Beat Poetry. We would go to the
Village Vanguard, the Five Spot, the Jazz Gallery, or Gerdes
Folk City and catch sets by Thelonious Monk, Yusef Lateef,
Sonny Rollins, John Lee Hooker, Dave van Ronk or the Rev,
Gary Davis...all of whom infected my brain and influence
my music still.
"In the afternoons, we
would hang out in Washington Square, Izzy's (Israel Young)
Folklore Center, or one of the stoops on MacDougal Street.
We would listen to or play with, Richie Havens (and Splivy),
Mike Manne, David Blue (Cohen), Karen Dalton, Dino Valenti,
John Sebastian Jr., Bobby Dylan, Freddie Neil, Tom Paxton,
Bob Gibson, Tim Hardin and many others who passed through
the NY Folk and Blues Revival of the 1960's.
"I grew up and started
a record label, Armtrac Records, a music company, ROHO Music,
a band, Sneaky Cooking and, after Marianne Faithful showed
me the difference between a poem and a song, I began writing
songs. After accumulating bad trips, with Columbia Records,
drugs, band members dying...I forsook NY and the music scene
and opened a gift store in the middle of nowhere with my
wife, Kim. We raised two great kids, Naomi and Noah, outside
the chaos which is the music scene.
are now grown and I was wood-shedding in my kitchen, and
A.J. Weberman asked me to open his reprise of a Be-In in
Central Park (NYC). After my set, someone from The Villager
(a local newspaper) asked me who I was. I did not think
fast enough or clever enough and so I became RT. After playing
Frankie D's intermission at Olive's in Nyack for about a
year, I made a CD (Potpourri) and added Frankie's intro:
the best solo act I ever heard (LOL; he is prone to hyperbole!),
the legendary RT. That is how I became The Legendary RT.
ARTHUR HINE |
THE LEGENDARY RT AND SREDNI |