Kevin "Slim" Forsythe performs with the house band, The Beagle Brothers live at the Neid's Hotel in Lawrenceville.
By Diana Nelson Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Country musician Kevin “Slim” Forsythe launched his dream of establishing a live country music variety show on Saturday with the shooting of the pilot show "Live at Nied's Hotel" in Lawrenceville.
About 50 top donors to his two-month Kickstarter campaign were on hand as Mr. Forsythe performed with the house band, The Beagle Brothers, with special guest singer Molly Alphabet.
The campaign started in April and brought in $10,000, enough to hire a crew to produce a 40-minute show. Mr. Forsythe plans to post parts to YouTube, make a DVD and pitch it as a pilot to local TV channels.
Slim Forsythe's 'Live From Nied's Hotel'
The TV pilot of country music variety television show "Live from Nied's Hotel" finished shooting in Lawrenceville. Musician Slim Forsythe teamed up with Grammy-Award winning Dino Distefano to bring their Kickstarter dream to life. (Video by Ye Zhu)
"I am very humbled and grateful," Mr. Forsythe told the crowd between songs. "Thanks to all of you. Your generosity and support made this all possible."
A crew directed by Dino DiStefano, a Grammy-winning music producer, spent five hours shooting film at Nied's, a bar where Mr. Forsythe plays regularly. He also lives in an apartment upstairs.
Mr. Forsythe, whose father, Frank Forsythe, sang with big bands in the 1950s on KDKA-TV, began establishing his country persona in 2006. After 20 years working for the city, he left his job in the city controller's office in part to pursue a music career. He supported himself working as a door man and later drove a school bus.
His first band was Slim Forsythe and the Parklane Drifters. Now leader of Slim Forsythe and the Payday Loners, he has gone back to working for city hall. In June, Mayor Bill Peduto hired him to work in the city's budget office.
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