First/Last-Bear Cub

August 31, 2012

“Jesse Hall left the city he loves and a promising pop-punk band to follow a girl to Austin. All he got was a broken heart, a long trip back and the seed for one of the best albums to come out of Pittsburgh in 2010.” Pieces of the debut record from Bear Cub were written on that 2,000-mile car trip back home and, in indie-folk/Americana style, it chronicles the singer-songwriter’s ill-fated romantic venture south…“

The now Nashville-based band return ‘home’ to Pittsburgh tomorrow night to celebrate the release of their latest record, “Good Morning, Every Morning”, at The Rex with local faves New Shouts and Gypsy & His Band of Ghosts along for the ride. Fun times for sure! My sincere thanks to songwriter Jesse Hall for participating in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • I’m not sure I remember. Probably a cassette single of “Regulate” by Warren G or “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio. Probably something like that.
  • Your last album bought?
  • I recently re-purchased Counting Crows “Saturday Nights, Sunday Mornings”. It’s right up there with “August & Everything After” for me.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • The Beatles, “Abbey Road”.
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • Every Train album ever released.
  • First concert attended?
  • Paul McCartney at Mellon Arena, then The Civic Arena.
  • Last concert?
  • Foxy Shazaam at 12th & Porter.
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • The Avett Brothers ‘Emotionalism’ tour at Carnegie Music Hall.
  • Least favorite concert?
  • Any Train concert, ever.
  • Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • I grew up in Pittsburgh and mostly all of my immediate family lives there, soit’s still very much home. Pittsburgh has treated Bear Cub so kindly fromour first show and continues to treat us better than we deserve. I lovePittsburgh.

Thanks, Jesse. Pittsburgh loves ya back bro. I love it that you came back here for your release gig!