The Deep Roots are scheduled to open for the Evan Dean Band at the Pleasant Hills Community Day on Saturday, August 8th (Covid permitting). James and I will also be at Scout Camp in West Virginia the week before. That's pretty rock and roll.
We have been working with Nicole Leckenby who is in charge of booking the entertainment for the event. I noticed at the bottom of one of her e-mails "Co-founder, The Holiday Cafe an online literary magazine." Being a literature nerd, I had to check it out.
What I found to be really cool is that Nicole and Natalie Belin do a great job of covering local music for The Holiday Cafe. I haven't seen anything like it. It is real. Pittsburgh music through the eyes of people who actually like Pittsburgh, or as they say on their web-site, "an online literary magazine rooted in Pittsburgh and the hearts of good friends proud to call Pittsburgh home."
So often the vibe I get from local music coverage is that the goal is to get famous enough to get out of Pittsburgh.
The music-related stories I read acknowledge family ties. Mia Z collaborates with her mom who is a musician. Derek Woods is in a band with his dad and another band with his wife. Half of Evan Dean's band is related. This is Pittsburgh. Joe Grushecky's son Johnny is in the Houserockers. Bluegrass legend Mac Martin's son Bob was in the Dixie Travelers. Polka Hall of Famer Randy Koslosky has a band with his daughters and nieces and nephews. And I'm sure there are more.
The July issue of The Holiday Cafe is available.