First/Last-Bye Bye Bird

March 31, 2015

Bye Bye Bird is folk singer-songwriter and guitarist Gray McClary who resided in Fairborn, OH. He is constantly releasing music at his BandCamp page as he preps his forthcoming debut entitled, “On Holiday”. I want to thank him for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • A Nirvana best of circa 2004.
  • Your last album bought?
  • Lou Reed’s “Transformer”.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • “Push the Sky Away” by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • First concert attended?
  • A local punk show in Ohio at a placed called Forever Sports.
  • Last concert?
  • Odd Future in Cincinnati.
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • Lamb of God in Columbus, at the LC Pavilion.
  • Least favorite concert?
  • Dream Theater, twice.
  • Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • Growing up in a small Ohio town, Pittsburgh continually strikes me as this very austere, cosmopolitan kind of place. It seems like everyone you meet has some kind of artistic or creative venture they’re pursuing. The art scene is lively and I’ve heard some great street musicians there. A good friend of mine named Wyatt Bridgman earned his undergrad in math at Carnegie Mellon and lives in Shadyside, so he was my gateway to the city in a way. I visit Pittsburgh as often as I can and I’d love to perform there in the future.
  • Thanks, Gray. I second that later Zep disappointment. Those early albums set such a fantastically high bar that they were almost destined to fizzle out like that… and of course heroin never helps.