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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.

Image of the Day-HughShows 10.9 with City Steps

Posted on October 6, 2014

City Steps at The Wilderness Recording Studio presents HughShows Live @ Eide’s on Saturday, September 13th, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA.

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First/Last-Don Strange & The Doosh Bears

Posted on October 6, 2014

“I’m a Pittsburgh-based songwriter, who, over the past seven years, has written dozens of songs, had a novel under consideration at Penguin Press, and performed many shows, opening for such notable acts as Diarrhea Planet, Clem Snide, and others.”…

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First/Last-Brad Yoder

Posted on October 3, 2014

“Brad Yoder believes musical success should be measured in more than just the obvious ways. Being voted in the top three slots multiple times since 2002 for “Best Acoustic/Solo Artist” by Pittsburgh City Paper readers is great; playing Poughkeepsie, New York, and having a college freshman from Los Angeles request songs she’s only heard via Internet downloads is actually cooler. Just as tangible in terms of success are the pieces of original art on Brad’s walls created by supporters and inspired by specific songs, and the many “gig guest books” full of appreciative comments from 10+ years of live shows.”

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First/Last-Jasmine Tate

Posted on October 1, 2014

“Jasmine Tate is a singer/songwriter with a flair for creating one-on-one encounters with each audience member. With roots in gospel music and a recent passion for the indie and singer/songwriter scene, she’s cultivated a soulful sound that some would compare to the sultry sounds and rhythms of Lauryn Hill.”

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First/Last-Luke McGowan

Luke McGowan is a Pittsburgh based ‘indie psych pop anti-folkster’. Definitely my kind of music. I want to thank him for taking a few to participate in this edition of First/Last

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First/Last-Leanne Kingwell

“She bought her first guitar in high school and formed her first band while earning a degree in Graphic Arts at University. Thus began a decade-long odyssey of constant live gigs that honed her performance and song-writing skills and took Leanne from small Underground venues to Centre Stage Stadium shows.”…

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First/Last-Arum Rae

“Arum Rae, formerly known as White Dress, is a modern day siren based in Brooklyn, by way of Austin, TX. Arum’s music and her voice is here to inspire… it is honest at its core so that you can do with it what you please, with no regrets. Everything Arum has lived through and all of the songs that have been born from it, are not meant to impress. They are meant to lead. Her ability to transcend styles allows the music to complement country, resurrect the soul, feel the blues, and
ruin then re-invent rock, through her deeply rooted foundation as a singer-songwriter.”…

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First/Last-John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons

“Over the course of his 15 year career, John Velghe has established himself as a particularly conscientious and talented tender of the rock and roll flame. The Independence, Missouri born musician/songwriter has played with several noteworthy bands, but it is his latest work, with the Prodigal Sons, which has given him a big enough vehicle for his ambitious vocal reach and vista-vision poetry. John Lennon and Chuck Berry lie at that core, but the guitars, horns and supportive backing vocals in this band allow Velghe to seamlessly blend other pieces of the greater rock story—from Sun to Stax to 2 Tone and Twin Tone. Organ Donor Blues is the perfect album for such a big sound. It’s both a record for rock’s true believers and a bare-knuckled face off with reality.”…

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First/Last-Summer Underground

“Grant Carey and Chrissy Sandman began making music as Summer Underground during the summer of 2011 in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Retreating back home after a year of college, the duo recorded their first album, Beneath This City, in their basements and living rooms. Recorded on a macbook with a single microphone, the album was created through trial and error.”..

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First/Last-Suavity’s Mouthpiece

“An experimental, daring, refreshing, sound scape of music…Comparisons to other artists would only rob SM over their unique artistic abilities and expression. They truly are a band that one needs to experience.” – Alan Welding (Pittsburgh Music Magazine)..

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First/Last-Bad Custer

Bad Custer is a Pittsburgh based roots rock trio that aren’t afraid to get a little too loud. Find out what I am talking about tonight as the band hits Howlers with End Men and Carney Stomp. My thanks to Jesse Davis (Guitar/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last

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First/Last-HughShows 10.8 with Balloon Ride Fantasy

Balloon Ride Fantasy at The Wilderness Recording Studio presents HughShows Live @ Eide’s on Saturday, August 9th, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA.

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First/Last-Frogbelly and Symphony

“A progressive rock sound echoes in folk landscapes. Urban poetry, pop melodies and repetitive chants cast a rousing wave of contemporary performance. Frogbelly and Symphony take the inspirational tint from centuries of musical repertoires, a universal perception of sound and examine the nature of music with an open door to a new dimension.”..

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Image of the Day-HughShows 10.8 with Essential Machine

Essential Machine at The Wilderness Recording Studio presents HughShows Live @ Eide’s on Saturday, August 9th, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA.

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First/Last-The Midnight Ghost Train

“On August 1st 2007, John Goff was pronounced dead. He died in his small house in Abilene, Kansas from a severe asthma attack. This was the influential event that caused John’s best friend Steve Moss, to start The Midnight Ghost Train as a eulogy to John. “Something had to be done,” Steve says. “John’s memory and life has to be remembered in some way.” Moss then moved to his hometown Buffalo, New York with a plan to form a band, record an album, and go on tour. This was the idea and drive that fueled The Midnight Ghost Train’s engine.”…

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Image of the Day-HughShows 10.8 with Action Camp

Action Camp at The Wilderness Recording Studio presents HughShows Live @ Eide’s on Saturday, August 9th, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA…

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Image of the Day-HughShows 10.8 with several conclusions

several conclusions at The Wilderness Recording Studio presents HughShows Live @ Eide’s on Saturday, August 9th, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA..

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Image of the Day-Brookline Unveiled

Butterbirds at Brookline Unveiled on Friday, September 5, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA…

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First/Last-Shawn MacIntyre

“Shawn MacIntyre is a vocalist who sings Celtic Traditional, Medieval and Maritime songs in the acapella form. Shawn is a tenor that brings the spirit of the songs to life. He is graceful in style, cheerful in spirit, and pleasantly varied, the listener can feel every word. He began performing publicly at Pittsburgh’s premiere open stage, Acousticafe; since then he has entertained and delighted crowds at Papa J’s Centro, Cannon Café, The Venue at Harmony Ridge as well as private shows.”…

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First/Last-Safety Scissors

Talk about ‘boy-band’. These little dudes are are 2/3 the offspring of Pittsburgh musician and friend of the blog, Chad Sipes and have released a fun music video / single of what every pre-school boy cares about most, dinosaurs, called ‘Never Stop a Dinosaur‘! As Chad explains, “He wrote the hook while we were playing with toys and the next night I recorded the basic track and stuck a mic in his face. He made up the lyrics on the fly and I spliced together three takes and it was done. Check it out as I thank Harper for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last

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