Hustle, Grifters, Pickers, and Bluegrass

Patrick Varine of Charlie Hustle and the Grifters, Charlie Hustle and the Pickers, and Covered in Grass joined Bill for episode 363 of the Pennsylvania Rock Show. Pat gave us an explanation of the bands’ names and how the band was formed. He gave us some insight into how the writing process works for the band. Patrick, explains the background of the band and what each member brings to the melting pot that is the band. One of the songs that they play is Riders on the Storm, which immediately brings to Bill’s mind The Blues Brothers 2000. He points out that he felt that Charlie Hustle and the Grifters could have starred in that movie. It was at this point that the band Covered in Grass comes into the conversation. Pat seems to be a student of both music and the internet, you’ll have to listen to understand why we believe this.

He talks about how a lot of Pat’s original songs have New Orleans references in them, he also mentions that they usually have something to do with relationships. Sometimes the songs come from a lyric book that he keeps. Pat mentions that the Calliope Songwriters Circle was very helpful in his progression as a song writer. They meet at the Bloomfield Tavern in Bloomfield.

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Bill is the owner of Build the Scene, Vice President of First Angel Media, and the "tech guy" behind Music from the 412. He has been working with local, independent bands since 1996. He currently offers the following services: Web Design & Development, Electronic Press Kit Design & Development, Concert & Promotional Photograpy, Radio, Streaming TV, & Podcast Airtime, & Artist PR & Marketing Bill is the host of the Pennsylvania Rock Show (Radio, Podcast, TV Show & Vlog), 3 Questions and a Song (Radio, Podcast & Vlog) & Friendly Fire (Live Radio Show). Bill is also the owner of Build the Scene Radio