Today we’re premiering the acoustic video for William Fitzsimmons’ “Pittsburgh.”
The song appears on his upcoming mini-album of the same name, a collection of seven songs about the city where he was born and raised.
This love song opens with a steady strum that leads into Fitzsimmons’ sweet and breathy vocal.
Then it delicately unwinds like a silk thread leading to a lovely and uncertain question mark.
Fitzsimmons shares, ”The word "Pittsburgh," to me, is probably the most loaded word in my entire lexicon. It conjures about a dozen different meanings, a hundred different emotions, and a thousand memories, both terrible and joy-filled. It's a place I still call my hometown, but is never without incredibly mixed emotions when I return. This song and record are about laying to rest that part of home that one is never quite able to get back."
Fitzsimmons credits the gift of music to his mother, and consequently his grandmother. In October 2014, his grandmother passed away and during the three days spent putting her to rest, Pittsburgh was formed. The seven songs are in memoriam to her and in remembrance of the city they shared.
Pittsburgh follows Fitzsimmons’ 2014 full-length Lions (produced by Chris Walla/Death Cab For Cutie), which debuted at #2 on the Top New Artist Albums’ chart, as well as Top 5 on the Folk Albums chart.
12-May Minneapolis, MN @ The Cedar
13-May Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
14-May Chicago, IL @ City Winery
16-May Columbus, OH @ Woodlands Tavern
17-May Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
18-May Millvale, PA @ Mr Smalls Theatre
20-May York, PA @ York Central Market House
21-May Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
23-May Philadelphia, PA @ Wold Café Live
24-May New York, NY @ City Winery
26-May Boston, MA @ Café 939
27-May Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus
28-May Toronto, ON @ Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
29-May Ann Arbor, MI @ The Blind Pig
30-May Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi
4-Jun Nashville, TN @ City Winery
5-Jun Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
6-Jun Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
7-Jun Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
9-Jun Birmingham, AL @ The Saturn
10-Jun Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry's
11-Jun New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
13-Jun Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's
14-Jun Austin, TX @ Stubbs Jr
15-Jun Dallas, TX @ The Kessler Theater
16-Jun Little Rock, AR @ Juanita's Café & Bar
17-Jun St. Louis, MO @ The Bootleg
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