“Pittsburgh has a reputation of breeding talented musicians and artists ranging from Christina Aguilera to Girl Talk, Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller. These artists, just to name a few, represent the wide-range of talent that has emerged from the streets of the steel town. With a deep-rooted history in Pittsburgh’s music scene, guitarist Byron Nash has been around for quite some time, building a reputation for his unique style of rock n’ soul guitar playing. Evident in that sound are the various genres of music that have influenced his life, including: early thrash metal, jam, funk and soul, to Hip-Hop, jazz, blues and world music. He spent years as guitarist in his first group, the power trio SPORADIC who played the festival circuit pretty heavy for years.”

The Deutschtown Music Festival

starts this week! Every day on the blog I am featuring a band from Pittsburgh who I discovered through the submission process and are performing this weekend.

BYRON NASH & PLANB is a Pittsburgh based rock band who wear their eclectic influences right on their sleeve, out in the open for everyone to hear. Taking elements of jazz, metal, r&b, and straight up hard rock, the band have been making waves in the music scene by showing us exactly how it is done by simply doing the work without any excuses. See for yourself how the band rocks it out on Saturday (7/14) as they take the HughShows Stage at 5pm for the 6th Annual Deutschtown Music Festival. I want to thank Byron (Guitars/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

The first album you ever bought?

The Gap Band 3.

Your last album bought?

Rufus and Chaka Khan Live.

Favorite album of all time?

That’s really tough since I’m a collector and own and love so many records. So I’ll just say what my favorite album in this listening season is. Stevie Wonder

– Songs In the Key of Life.

Least favorite/most disappointing album?

Weird question. I’d say the last Justin Timberlake didn’t strike me as hard as the first three, however, seeing it live made me like it more.

First concert attended?

Rick James.

Last concert?

Slayer, Testament, Anthrax, Lamb of God, Behemoth.

Favorite concert ever?

Ever? I’d say the one that had a major impact was Metallica and Queensryche, The And Justice for All/Operation Mindcrime tour 1988.

Least favorite concert?


Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?

Pittsburgh is the place where I found myself as a musician, artist and businessman. I learned and grew with the city. My favorite part is the hard blue collar work ethic that has seeped its way into everything that I do. Everyone flocks to NYC or LA for opportunity, but I believe you can do major things here, even if you have to travel to pull it off. The new growth has opened the door for endless possibilities. I love that about Pittsburgh. It is a place to hone your skill and talent before taking it to the next level.

Thanks, Byron. Can’t wait to hang on Saturday, buddy. I really love your attitude and ethic when it comes to participating in this music scene of ours.