The Pine Hill Haints performing at Fred's in Loachapoka, Alabama.

(Pictured from left: Kat Barrier, Ben Rhyne, Jamie Barrier, Matt Bakula)


The Pine Hill Haints are a traditional bluegrass/folk/honky tonk/country band from Alabama, though the band members themselves describe their unique southern roots music as “Alabama Ghost Music.”[1]

The Haints are composed of Jamie Barrier on guitar and vocals, wife Katie “Kat” Barrier on washboard and mandolin, Matt Bakula on washtub bass and tenor banjo, and Ben Rhyne on snare drum.


Current lineup

Jamie Barrier - vocals, guitars, fiddle

Katie “Kat” Barrier – washboard, mandolin, saw

Matt Bakula - washtub, tenor banjo

Ben Rhyne – snare

Joey Barrier - banjo

Jon Lucius - accordion

Former members

Travis Hightower - washtub

Roger Holcombe - snare

Rymodee - saw

Bradley Williams - washtub

Jeremy Dale Henderson- snare

Matt Comer- snare

Mike Posey - accordion

Origin of name

The Pine Hill Haints name is derived from the Pine Hill Cemetery in Auburn, Alabama.,[2] where the band occasionally used to practice.

The Pine Hill Haints perform music they consider to be “dead” in the modern world,[2] hence their self-proclaimed “Ghost Music.” Some examples of the genres they perform include (but are not limited to) gospel, rockabilly, rock and roll, celtic music, blues music, and bluegrass. While their catalog of songs comprises mainly original material, the band has also been known to cover traditional gospel (Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies, Where The Roses Never Fade), cowboy (I Ride An Old Paint, Back In The Saddle Again), and folk (Goodnight Irene, Oh! Suzanna/Camptown Races) songs.

In addition to their live instruments, the band also utilizes a number of traditional American folk music instruments (such as a fiddle, harmonica, tenor banjo, mandolin, saw, and accordion) on their recordings. Occasionally, members of the Haints will swap instruments or abandon his or her primary instrument altogether, instead performing on one of the aforementioned instruments for a song or two. The band has several former members, and depending on how many happen to be present at a performance, surprise guest performers may accompany the Haints onstage. Such impromptu reunion performances are not completely unexpected at their shows.


Year Title Label Format Other information

2000 God, the Devil and the Two by the Gate Arkam 12" LP

2002 The Cold, Cold Hand Arkam Records CD Split album with The Natchez Shakers (“The Devil’s Backbone”)

2002 Tales From The Front Porch Arkam Records 12" LP Split album with The Crypt Kickers and The Plain Clothes Creep String Trio

2002 Alabama Ghost Country Music Nation of Kids 7" EP

2003 Trains Have No Names Arkam Records CD

2003 Split Arkam Records 7" EP Split with David Dondero, 500 copies pressed on black vinyl

2004 Those Who Wander Arkam Records CD

2004 You Bury Your Hate In A Shallow Grave Lelp Recordings CD

2005 The Pine Hill Haints Meet Clampitt, Gaddis & Buck Lelp Recordings CD Split album with Clampitt Gaddis & Buck

2005 Jack of Diamonds Arkam Records 7" EP 500 copies pressed on black vinyl

2007 Darktime Came to the Hills Sunburst Records 7" EP 500 copies pressed on black vinyl with handscreened covers

2007 Ghost Dance K Records 12" LP / CD

2009 To Win or To Lose K Records 12" LP / CD

2009 Riding the Long Southern Train Blues Arkam Records 7" EP Included with Spidder #14 zine

2010 Black Casket Razorcake / 45 RPM Records 7" EP 110 copies pressed on translucent red vinyl, the rest on black vinyl.

2010 Split Let's Pretend Records 7" EP Split EP with the Trainwreck Riders. 110 copies pressed on clear vinyl, 440 copies pressed on black vinyl.




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