Musician seeks funds for TV series

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Pittsburgh is hardly the mecca of country/bluegrass music, but Slim Forsythe is hoping to put it on the map. And on your TV.

The singer-songwriter has launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce and star in a country music variety television show, "Live From Nied's Hotel," which is Mr. Forsythe's home base (and home) in Lawrenceville.

He hopes to raise $10,000 to produce a pilot episode, in conjunction with sound engineer Dino DiStefano, who worked on WQED-TV's "Live From Studio A" series and the Grammy-winning "Count Basie Orchestra With the New York Voices" album recorded at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild.

Mr. Forsythe would host the show, with The Beagle Brothers ("architects of the Bloomfield sound") as the house band. "Live From Nied's Hotel" would showcase local and nationally touring acts.

"The show would bring you lots of classic country music ... Western swing, honky-tonk, mountain gospel, bluegrass, even a little rockabilly ...," he notes in the pitch for the Kickstarter, which runs through June 7 at

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