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About The Album:
"Spring Lies Waiting" is Bill Deasy's first solo offering. The album features 11 songs of love, loss and the search for redemption. From the opening riff of "So it Goes" to the final strum of "Still Not One of Them," it's clear that Deasy has only one goal in mind: honest music. Mission accomplished.
Spring Lies Waiting features collaborations with Kim Richey and Paul Brady and guest appearances from Pat MacDonald, Kim Richey, Naimee Coleman, Rob James, Max Leake and Rachel McCartney. It was co-produced by Deasy and long time Gathering Field comrade, Dave Brown.
About The Artist
Bill Deasy has a mysterious way of turning up in strange places. While he has established himself as one of the musical mainstays of his native Pittsburgh, his music has also touched the hearts and imaginations of fans as far as Germany He has played as an opening act for such artists as Bob Dylan, Patty Griffin, Norah Jones and John Mellencamp. If you ever attended a Pittsburgh Pirates or Steelers game, you may have seen him performing the National Anthem. His songs have been recorded by an interesting array of artists such as Kim Richey, Martina McBride, Howard Jones, Bijou Phillips, Michael Stanley, The Clarks, Bastiaan Ragas and used in a Major League Baseball home video compilation.
What ties all of these things together is, that at the center of everything, Bill Deasy is a songwriter with a lyrical and often uniquely introspective point of view. "When I write songs", says Deasy, " I try to take my life experience and put it out there in a way that people can relate to. I feel like I've done my job if a song resonates with other people; that it connects with them in some way". Still, Deasy sounds just as comfortable singing a lighthearted pop song as he does a heart wrenching ballad or emotionally charged narrative.
"When I was a little kid I had this strange fascination with Elvis Presley", Deasy says. "My brother was really into Neil Young, Springsteen and Crosby, Stills and Nash, and they've had a lasting impact on the way I write songs. But Van Morrison is my all-time hero. I don't think I sound or write like him, but I have every record he's ever made." As other influences, Deasy cites Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, John Hiatt and even his hobby as an avid reader. "I got into reading novels in high school, and that's affected me as much as anything," says Bill. "I approach songwriting almost like a novelist as far as the discipline of it, and I take what I do seriously from a literary point of view."
Deasy's first glimpse of national attention came with his band the Gathering Field, which he formed in 1994 with Pittsburgh guitarist/producer Dave Brown. "We had sent a copy of the Gathering Field's first independent album to the program director of WDVE, a really big station here," says Deasy. "I ran into him awhile later and he asked if we had anything new. On a whim, I handed him a demo of this new song we'd done called 'Lost In America'
A few weeks later, the song was in heavy rotation and became a regional hit. When the album "Lost In America" was released and sold over 3,000 copies in 2 weeks, major record labels started pursuing the band. The Gathering Field ultimately signed to Atlantic Records, who re-released the "Lost In America" album in 1997. Unfortunately, the label failed to duplicate the success that the album had achieved independently and the band struggled for 2 years to be released from their contract. Soon afterwards, the band released another album entitled "Reliance" and also recently released "So Close To Home", an album of songs they'd played live for several years, but had never recorded.
In 2000, Bill Deasy embarked on his solo career and released his first album entitled "Spring Lies Waiting". Deasy says "I had written all these songs that didn't quite fit with the Gathering Field and I felt a need to get them out there." For Deasy, after 6 years devoted to the band, it was an opportunity for him to return to his roots as both a singer and songwriter and be able to express a vision all his own.
It was also around this time that Bill started to focus on writing songs for other artists and began making regular trips to Nashville to collaborate. On his first visit, he co-wrote a song called "Good Things Are Happening". The song was pitched to 'Good Morning America', who was looking for a song to use for their fall campaign. Not only did they immediately fall in love with the song; they also fell in love with Bill Deasy. So, although the song was originally written with the intention of having another artist record it, Bill found himself being rushed to New York to re-record the track and shoot a video, only later to find out that he had won the gig from a list of pretty impressive artists who had been considered for the campaign.
Much like the way an artist puts his brush to canvas, Deasy paints his own pictures with words and music. Sometimes the strange place is not where you find Bill Deasy, but where you find yourself traveling when listening to his music. Suspended in time, held captive for a few minutes until each song ends, immersed in a moment when you find yourself feeling more than thinking.
But really...that's what good music is supposed to do. So, maybe it's not so mysterious, after all.