William Fitzsimmons honors grandmother, hometown on ‘Pittsburgh’

William Fitzsimmons‘Pittsburgh’
William Fitzsimmons (Nettwerk)
4.5 stars out of 5

Underappreciated singer/songwriter Williams Fitzsimmons, who has been making terrific indie folk music just out of the mainstream for almost a decade, pays tribute to his hometown with latest release “Pittsburgh.” The seven-track mini-album is all about the city in which he was born and raised and serve as a memoriam to Fitzsimmons’ grandmother, who passed away last year.

William Fitzsimmons CDThe deeply personal 25-minute record represents a nice bounce back for Fitzsimmons, whose last effort was the good-but-not-great full-length “Lions.” While not a dud by any stretch of the imagination, that record paled in comparison to masterful predecessors “Gold in the Shadow” (2011) and “The Sparrow and the Crow” (2008).

There isn’t a bad tune to be found on “Pittsburgh,” with Fitzsimmons especially effective on opener “I Had to Carry Her (Virginia’s Song),” “Falling on My Sword,” “Better” the title track and “Ghosts of Penn Hills.” As luck would have it, Fitzsimmons will be back in town on Monday, May 18, when he performs at Mr. Smalls in Millvale. Visit www.mrsmalls.com for ticket information. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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