|Tags:||blue grass country and western|
Hoboken, New Jersey, USA. Raised in a musical atmosphere, as a child Pistilli heard records at home, many of which were swing-era bands, while others were countrys western swing; he also admired Hank Williams. Pistilli began writing songs, usually in collaboration, and one of them, Sunday Will Never Be The Same, was a hit for Spanky And Our Gang in 1967. Pistillis liking for swing music led him, in 1969, to become co-founder, with Tim Hauser, of Manhattan Transfer, which also included Erin Dickens, Marty Nelson and Pat Rosalia. Although the groups 1971 debut album was technically proficient, it was a commercial flop and they folded. When Hauser resurrected Manhattan Transfer and went on to international fame and fortune, it was without Pistilli, Dickens and Rosalia.
When Pistilli reappeared as a solo act, singing in a fluid baritone and playing guitar, he was intriguingly blending western swing with a mid-swing...