“The show where the audience picks the songs! Put your name on the “request” form and throw it into the guitar case up on stage when you enter the club. The set list is up to YOU – and a surprise to Bill! Bill Deasy is the former lead singer/songwriter of the Gathering Field, whose regional hit “Lost in America” led to a deal with Atlantic Records. Performing Songwriter Magazine says: “He calls to mind Paul Westerberg and many of the finest rock songwriters who mix poetry and drunken bluster, yet somehow sound macho and sensitive at the same time”.
Bill is a Pittsburgh musical legend in my opinion and he returns to tomorrow night’s early Club Cafe show with his popular request gig. My sincere thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.
Thanks, Bill. It amazes me how long you have been a part of the Pittsburgh music scene. I think the first time I saw you play was with The Gathering Field at Mad Mex in the North Hills? Too cool. And Elvis? Really? Unbelievable!
So as the Three Rivers Arts Festival came to a close last night, at least for me, I am kicking myself as I write this. Some of my favorite bands and friends are playing on the main stage and I am not there. No worries. I just had to take a break from the picture taking to hang with my lovely family. Some things are more important ya know. Tomorrow as the fest ends officially with Patty Griffin and Buddy Miller, I am taking the less popular route and checking out Dawes at Hartwood. Call me crazy but ‘North Hills’ is totally kicking me arse. Here are my thoughts and images on this year.
My sincerest of thanks go out to my friends at The Cultural Trust who actually have faith in my photographic abilities. It means everything to me. You are wonderful.
I used to see Bill’s old band, The Gathering Field, all the time back in their heyday. I haven’t seen him for years but this guy’s ‘blue collar working man’ ethic still appeals to me. Cool dude. More pics here.