“I am from New York City. I went to school at Carnegie Mellon. By the time I had graduated, I was caught up in the local scene here. So, I just sort of stayed. By the time I had lifted my head back up, I recognized that I had made a life here.”
“I showed up, just sang a couple songs and next thing you know, I’m in the band! It was kind of, I don’t wanna say an accident, but I didn’t really mean to get into a band. I didn’t think I’d be good enough to do that.”
For his latest album, Joe Grushecky, who was recently voted as a Modern Era Legend for the 2016 Pittsburgh Rock ’N Roll Legends Awards, has reached back into his catalog to revisit some of his strongest songs.
Originally, Jay Wiley, front man for the alt-country band The Hawkeyes, thought he was hiring the Pittsburgh band Country Music Gas Station as his backing band for a couple of gigs. What resulted from the very first rehearsal was clearly an all new direction and band for the singer/songwriter.