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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.

PittSongs – Eternal Sleep

Posted on March 21, 2022

  Song: “Speak : Not Speak” Artist: Eternal Sleep Album: Dead Like Me Year Released: 2013 Genre: Doom Metal Local Connection: Band formed in Pittsburgh in 2012 Did you know? Eternal Sleep have toured seemingly constantly since their inception, sharing the stage with Misfits, Bane, and Harms Way among many PittSongs is a non-chronological history […]

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First/Last – SMiley in USA

Posted on March 19, 2022

SMiley inUSA is the electronica project from Pittsburgh artist Ben Smiley, creating music with new and different rhythms. A drummer himself, his ambient songs are taking music to a new level as he creates tunes that are their own plane of existence. His latest release from earlier this month, Choose Compassion Instead of Battle, is […]

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PittSongs – RZA

Posted on March 18, 2022

  Song: “Clan in Da Front (feat. RZA & GZA)” Artist: RZA (Wu-Tang Clan) Album: Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) Year Released: 1993 Genre: Hardcore Hip-Hop Local Connection: RZA moved to Steubenville, Ohio in 1990 to live with his mother. He spent weekends in Pittsburgh, where his father ran a convenience store Did you know? RZA is known for […]

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PittSongs – Stacia Vonne

Posted on March 17, 2022

  Song: “Revolution” Artist: Stacia Vonne Album: Single Release Year Released: 2021 Genre: Concious R&B Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh in 2001 Did you know? Stacia Vonne is a singer, song-writer, dancer, photographer, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker PittSongs is a non-chronological history of Pittsburgh music Support Stacia Vonne #PittSongs #SupportPGHMusic

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PittSongs – Paul Gilbert

Posted on March 16, 2022

  Song: “To Be With You” Artist: Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big) Album: Lean Into It Year Released: 1991 Genre: Glam Metal Local Connection: Lead guitarist Paul Gilbert was born in Carbondale, Illinois in 1966 and moved to Greensburg at age two Did you know? Mr. Big is frequently cited as an example of the “Big in […]

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PittSongs – Horace Parlan

Posted on March 15, 2022

  Song: “Congalegre” Artist: Horace Parlan Album: Headin’ South Year Released: 1961 Genre: Post-Bop Jazz Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh in 1931 Did you know? Horace Parlan was stricken with polio as an infant, resulting in the partial crippling of his right hand. The handicap contributed to his development of a particularly “pungent” left-hand chord […]

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PittSongs – Vince Herman

Posted on March 14, 2022

  Song: “River’s Rising” Artist: Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon) Album: Euphoria Year Released: 1997 Genre: Slamgrass Local Connection: Lead singer-songwriter Vince Herman was born in Pittsburgh in 1962 and graduated from Carlynton High School Did you know? In 2012, Leftover Salmon is the featured “house band” at the Whales Tail Bar in Breckenridge, Colorado on the Deadliest Catch – After […]

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PittSongs – Walt Harper

Posted on March 11, 2022

  Song: “Transfusion” Artist: Walt Harper Quintet Album: Harper’s Ferry Year Released: 1962 Genre: Jazz Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh in 1926 Did you know? In the 1970s, Walt Harper and his band were hired by the owners of the Pittsburgh Steelers as the house band to play at all home games, and they did so until 2002 […]

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PittSongs – Guy Klucevsek

Posted on March 10, 2022

  Song: “Loosening Up the Queen” Artist: Guy Klucevsek Album: Flying Vegetables of the Apocalypse Year Released: 1990 Genre: Improvisation Local Connection: Raised in Pittsburgh in the 1960’s Did you know? Guy Klucevsek is one of relatively few accordion players active in new music, jazz and free improvisation PittSongs is a non-chronological history of Pittsburgh music Support […]

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PittSongs – The Real Sea

Posted on March 9, 2022

  Song: “Paper Machete” Artist: The Real Sea Album: Single Release Year Released: 2021 Genre: Dream Pop Local Connection: Band formed in Pittsburgh in 2019 Did you know? The Real Sea got their band name when guitarist Chris James referenced a Sylvia Plath poem called ‘Two Lovers and a Beachcomber by the Real Sea’ PittSongs […]

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PittSongs – The Swamp Rats

Posted on March 8, 2022

  Song: “Psycho” Artist: The Swamp Rats Album: Single Release Year Released: 1966 Genre: Garage Rock Local Connection: Band formed in Pittsburgh in 1966 Did you know? In 2007, The Swamp Rat’s song “I’m Going Home” would be sampled by the band Black Lips for their song “Veni Vidi Vici” on their album Good Bad Not Evil PittSongs […]

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PittSongs – Margot Bingham

Posted on March 7, 2022

  Song: “Farewell Daddy Blues” Artist: Margot Bingham Album: Boardwalk Empire OST Vol. 3 Year Released: 2014 Genre: Blues Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh in 1988 Did you know? Margot Bingham is a musician, writer and actress, best known for her television roles in Boardwalk Empire, She’s Gotta Have It, and The Walking Dead PittSongs […]

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PittSongs – Gerome Ragni

Posted on March 4, 2022

Song: “The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In)” Artist: Gerome Ragni Album: Hair (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Year Released: 1968 Genre: Musical Theater Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh in 1935 Did you know? As a co-writer of Hair: An American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, Gerome Ragni played the part of Berger in the initial production PittSongs […]

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PittSongs – Poogie Bell

Posted on March 3, 2022

Song: “Breezeword” Artist: Poogie Bell Band Album: Get on the Kit Year Released: 2006 Genre: Jazz Fusion Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh in 1961 Did you know? Poogie Bell made his concert debut with his father’s band at age two and a half, playing at Carnegie Music Hall and in 1966, he performed with Pearl Bailey on the Mike […]

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PittSongs – Gabby Barrett

Posted on March 2, 2022

 Song: “I Hope” Artist: Gabby Barrett Album: Goldmine Year Released: 2020 Genre: Country Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh in 2000 Did you know? Gabby Barrett has won CMT Music Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards, and American Music Awards PittSongs is a non-chronological history of Pittsburgh music Support Gabby […]

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PittSongs – Maxine Sullivan

Posted on March 1, 2022

Song: “Loch Lomond” Artist: Maxine Sullivan Album: 10” Single Release Year Released: 1937 Genre: Jazz Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh in 1911 Did you know? In 1940, Maxine Sullivan and her then second husband John Kirby were featured on the radio program Flow Gently Sweet Rhythm, making them the first black jazz stars to have their […]

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PittSongs – The Grateful Dead

Song: “Shakedown Street” Artist: The Grateful Dead Album: Download Series Vol. 9: Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, April 2 & 3, 1989 Year Released: 2006 Genre: Acid Rock Local Connection: Performed in Pittsburgh on April 2, 1989 Did you know? The second night of this pair of Grateful Dead concerts made national news when Pittsburgh police clashed […]

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Photos – Buffalo Rose Soundcheck

Buffalo Rose ‘Rabbit’ EP Release / Friday, February 25, 2022 / Thunderbird Café / Pittsburgh, PA wsg Broken Fences  

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PittSongs – Ethelbert Nevin

Song: “The Rosary” Artist: Ethelbert Nevin Album: Sheet Music Single Year Released: 1898 Genre: Popular Song Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh in 1862 Did you know? The first grand piano ever taken across the Allegheny Mountains was carted over for Ethelbert Nevin’s mother PittSongs is a non-chronological history of Pittsburgh music Support Ethelbert Nevin #PittSongs #SupportPGHMusic

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PittSongs – Phyllis Hyman

Song: “Give a Little More” Artist: Phyllis Hyman Album: You Know How to Love Me Year Released: 1979 Genre: R&B Local Connection: Born in Philadelphia in 1949 and moved to and raised in Pittsburgh shortly after her birth Did you know? Phyllis Hyman received the first ever music scholarship to Robert Morris College in 1967 […]

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