HughShows Blog has featured thousands of original live band photos and has conducted over 1000 musician interviews (including Brian Wilson, Mavis Staples, and Bruce Hornsby) since starting. With the original ‘First/Last’ questionnaire, you get a sense of where the musician has come from and where they are going with their artistic expression.

First/Last-The Hardy Band

Posted on April 1, 2015

It is here where a group of wishful wranglers combine the melodic guile of folk romantics, the savage twang of west coast hepcats and the joyous stomp of an Americana tinged barnburner, if that sounds like a fanciful notion; consider the dynamics of all three: Melodic, Romantic, Lustful, Exuberant, Daring and Gritty. You know, all the good stuff…

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First/Last-Can’t Help It

Posted on March 31, 2015

“Stephen came up with the idea to do an acoustic project, to record some songs and play some shows. And save the world of course.The goal is to connect with others through music and entertain people at concerts.”…

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First/Last-Bye Bye Bird

Posted on 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…

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First/Last-Adeline Hotel

Posted on March 30, 2015

“Adeline Hotel (Brooklyn, NY) released debut LP “Leave The Lights” in September 2014 on Future Oak Records. Recorded throughout 2013-14 with producer and engineer Danny Rose (Steady Sun, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Vamanos!) at his studio in Bushwick, the…

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First/Last-Avi Diamond

Posted on March 30, 2015

“Avi Diamond is a Pittsburgh-based singer songwriter inspired by the musical styles of jazz legends like Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan as well as modern music such as Fiona Apple and Radiohead. She has been composing jazz-inspired rock music from the age …

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Image of the Day-HughShows 10.12 Hour Two

Posted on March 28, 2015

Weird Paul, Fist Fight in the Parking Lot, Brewer’s Row and Slim Forsythe at The Wilderness Recording Studio presents HughShows Live @ Eide’s on Saturday, December 13th, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA.Weird Paul…

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First/Last-Wicked Chief

Posted on March 27, 2015

“Wicked Chief features a wide array of sounds and influences spanning across the music spectrum. No strangers to the Do It Yourself work-ethic and a “music first” mentality, the band plans to delve deep into touring and recording more extensively.”…

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First/Last-Bill Toms & Hard Rain

Posted on March 26, 2015

“The creative compulsion to write songs that stir emotion, challenge the mind, and move the tail feathers of the audience is undeniably unique in music today. His performances have become legendary in sheer power and passion. Rock and roll, soul, …

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First/Last-Matt Hires

Posted on March 25, 2015

“On his debut album, Matt Hires emerged as a golden-voiced troubadour with a penchant for setting heart-on-sleeve lyrics to sweetly infectious melody. Now, on his sophomore release entitled This World Won’t Last Forever, But Tonight We Can Pretend, Hires weaves …

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Posted on March 24, 2015

“With four distinct voices clustered around a single microphone, Darlingside effortlessly draw audiences into their lush musical world. David Fricke of Rolling Stone describes them as “a quartet with a rich line in acoustic textures and chamber-rock …

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Posted on March 23, 2015

“From the 4 corner square of musicians, the balance is set and ready to take affect. Habatat acquires the Rock, gritty, soul blues that every someone deep inside wants to hear,. but for those with an open ear and a taste for the smooth, funk, we have got that too.. our diversity of genre has gone limitless at our rare age and style that ranges separately from each member. love for music is strong, strong is a high term for the strive of our goal. we hope to see ourselves in the
future still finding foundation for our styles til there’s no ladder to reach it.”…

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Image of the Day-HughShows 10.12 Hour One

Posted on March 21, 2015

Satin Gum, Clinton Clegg & The Commonheart, Misaligned Mind and townsppl at The Wilderness Recording Studio presents HughShows Live @ Eide’s on Saturday, December 13th, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA.Satin Gum…

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First/Last-Skull Kid

Posted on March 20, 2015

“I’m not ready for this yet / all this panic running circles in my head.”

Skull Kid is an indie emo-rock band from Pittsburgh who have a few singles and an EP under their belt over at their BandCamp page…

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First/Last-David Wilson

Posted on March 19, 2015

“Since the first time he picked up a guitarin his hometown of Lancaster, PA, David Wilson has loved to write andperform original songs. Throughout his career he has played extensively in the eastern U.S. in cities such as Lancaster, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, …

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First/Last-Clay McLeod

Posted on March 18, 2015

Clay McLeod is a Pittsburgh based singer-songwriter/producer who has a tune or two over at his BandCamp page. He is working on getting out an EP this June as he plays…

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First/Last-David Bavas

Posted on March 17, 2015

“David Bavas spent the last 13 years in Seattle, Washington recording 3 albums there, but relocated to East Nashville in the Fall of 2012 to be closer to the growing Americana scene in Nashville. With his self-titled debut album in 2005, David Bavas and …

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First/Last-Naked Spirit

Posted on March 16, 2015

Naked Spirit is a fairly new-ish rock quartet from Pittsburgh who has one very cool single out entitled ‘Til You’re Mine‘ which you can probably hear them play this Thursday (3/19) at the …

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Image of the Day-‘Only Time”

Posted on March 14, 2015

I have previously featured Pittsburgh pop-rockers Lofi Delphi on the blog but this was actually the first time seeing them play. You can listen to the set here. If you have never seen them please do yourself a favor and GO SUPPORT PITTSBURGH MUSIC! This set was at the always awesome WYEP Third Thursday

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First/Last-Those Gorgeous Bastards

Posted on March 13, 2015

“In his house at Bastardland, dead Rock waits dreaming.”

Those Gorgeous Bastards are Pittsburgh’s premier ‘beer-soaked rock and roll band’ and as they boldly claim, the only band that matters…

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First/Last-Jane West

Posted on March 11, 2015

“Jane is a songbird playing all over the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania. With many years of music performance and study under her belt, Jane has developed an eclectic variety of tastes that range from jazz and blues to choral to classics, …

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