Jon Bindley went to Nashville to pursue a solo career as a singer/songwriter. “I loved Nashville but Pittsburgh is a special place,” he says. In 2015, Bindley answered the call of his hometown, moving back and forming his band, Bindley Hardware Co. The band is named for his great-great uncle’s hardware store and reminds him of his family’s long history in Appalachia. “The store and that part of my family has been lost to time but the band is a way to reimagine that history,” says Bindley.
Bindley Hardware Co. is made up of a revolving door of talent and five core musicians: singer/songwriter Jon Bindley, guitarist Buck Chutz, dobro player Mac Inglis, and organist/keyboard player Greg Marchetti. Bindley calls their sound “Rustbelt Americana.” It pulls in traditional Appalachian instruments and influences from old ballads. “I like the Pittsburgh vibe. It’s blue collar but it has some magic to it. We have a lot of history and culture.” says Bindley.
He also stresses the importance of having fun with the music and storytelling, “As a disciple of John Prine, I don’t want to take myself too seriously,” he says.
Touring the region and playing shows in Pittsburgh for the last five years has connected the band with a network of local artists. Bindley helped start an event called the Honky-Tonk Jukebox, a monthly country concert and dancing event that features country and roots artists. “We play the hits; Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard. I love to see people on the dance floor. When we get back out there and start rocking shows again that’s what I want to see, people dancing and enjoying themselves,” says Bindley.
To learn more about Bindley Hardware Co., and its history in the region, keep an eye out for the upcoming documentary, “Everything in Hardware,” a film that explores his family’s connections to Pittsburgh, past and present. To keep with Bindley Hardware Co., follow them on Facebook and Instagram.