Local 913, Episode 71: Bindley Hardware Co.
About a year ago, Pittsburgh native Jon Bindley formed the band Bindley Hardware Co. borrowing the name from some family history:
“It goes all the way back to my great-great grandfather. His uncle was a wholesale hardware distributor. I think they started around the late 1800s. There was a building in Shadyside that is now apartments and there was also a building downtown. It was one of the biggest distributors and providers during that booming period.”
Bindley has just recently moved back to town after living in Nashville for two years pursuing a solo career and perfecting his craft. He found inspiration while he was away for the song “The Ballad of Manuel Garcia:”
“I was in Nashville and was soooo successful as a songwriter that I got to work at a cantina as a bar back and a bus boy. I had never met anyone from Guatemala or Honduras. I would hang out with the guys in the kitchen a lot and I struck up some genuine friendships. I learned a little bit about ranchero music. I am heavily influenced by the Tex-Mex folk: Townes Van Zandt, John Prine, Romance in Durango with Dylan. That sort of thing had always struck me as so interesting with Country music and Latin music having some sort of overlap.”
For more on Bindley Hardware Co., check out their Facebook.