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Pittsburgh Artist of the Week: Bindley Hardware Co.

Bindley Hardware Co. are back with a new album in 2024! Bloomfield Sound will have a record release party at the Bloomfield Liedertafel on April 19th.

Jon Bindley recently spoke with WYEP's Joey Spehar.

Bindley Hardware Co. features:

Jon Bindley
Donnie Bell
Jesse Prentiss
Pete Freeman
Corey Wood
Lee Hintenlang
Tyler Thompson
and more...

What’s your musical history up to this point? 

My grandfather was a big flea-market guy. He owned a tiny resale shop called "Good As New" and was known to drop off random things for me on my porch at any given time. When I was around 11 or 12 he dropped off a guitar and sooner or later I picked it up. I've played in a bunch of bands over the years, made music of all kinds, traveled a bit. I've been producing and performing music with Bindley Hardware Co. for the better part of the last decade. I've also had the distinct honor of hosting the internationally renowned Honky-Tonk Jukebox show in Pittsburgh for the last 5 years.

How do you describe your sound?

It's that "Bloomfield Sound" that "Greenfield Groove" that rust-belt boogie born and bred in Pittsburgh — Americas #1 hardest working rock and roll country music city.

Tell us more about the song "Deadbeat Daddy." What inspired you to write it and what does it mean to you? 

The song is a meditation on the concept of chasing it — love that is, or maybe affirmation. Who is that thrilling, devastating, and singular someone who can give you all the things you want but only some of the time? What can be done?

Anita Buzzy Prentiss and John Eastman

What was the first album that really changed your life?   

As a kid my mom had a Tracy Chapman cassette tape in the car, it had that bluesy "Give Me One Reason" hit on it. Played that again and again. Hard to say what it is that captivated me, such purity and attitude. The first time I heard "Exile On Main St." was a big deal for me too, I loved how dirty and raw it sounded. Felt like I was in the room. That's the best.

Who are some other Pittsburgh artists you think more people should listen to?

Hard to pick just one. I am a big believer that Pittsburgh is the best place on earth for everything except maybe air quality. I hope we get to a place where people root for and support their local music makers the way we support our local sports teams. How cool would that be? I've been listening to the new Meeting of Important People record a lot lately, love them.

Any other super interesting things about you we should know? 

Check out this live video performance of "Deadbeat Daddy."

Learn more about Bindley Hardware Co. on their website, Facebook, and Instagram.

Joey Spehar is a Pittsburgh native who started as a volunteer D.J. at WYEP, fresh out of college in 2006. He took on any job they’d let him do like editing audio, engineering remote broadcasts, and shoveling snow.