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Joe Grushecky's storied career began in the mid 1970's, but the revival of his music with the band The Houserockers came in 1989 with the release of the album "Rock & Real." It was followed by seven more albums, the most recent being 2009's "East Carson Street."
Grushecky, a veteran heartland rocker, was a high school special education teacher when he started his very first band back in 1976. After they were signed to a record deal the following year, the label christened them the Iron City Houserockers. Upon their break, Grushecky returned to Pittsburgh to reclaim his teaching position. But he would also spend the next several years re-honing his songwriting craft.
It would take five years for Grushecky to re-emerge on the rock scene, with 1989's "Rock & Real," the first effort with The Houserockers. It was followed with "Swimming With the Sharks" and "End of the Century." In 1995, Grushecky and his band began what would be a long-lasting collaboration with Bruce Springsteen. The iconic rocker produced their next album, "American Babylon," and also co-wrote two songs and contributed on guest vocals and guitar. He later would up as their lead guitarist on a tour to celebrate the album's release.
Grushecky and Springsteen played together again in 2010 and 2011, as they assembled to celebrate the 15th anniversary of "American Babylon." Their stop in Pittsburgh at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall was a highlight, with thousands of fans packing the venue for several sold out shows. The setlist was wide open, going from Houserockers to E Street Band songs, with Springsteen doing several guitar solos and also opening the show with an acoustic set.
The Houserockers recently unveiled a new live CD recorded at New Hazlett Theater. It's comprised of 21 songs, 18 of which are different from their last live CD.
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Joe Grushecky Tour Dates 2015
date city state venue 01/24/2015 Pittsburgh PA Pittsburgh Winery 01/10/2015 Cleveland OH Beachland Ballroom
Joe Grushecky Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 10/04/2014 Pittsburgh PA Club Cafe 07/11/2014 Asbury Park NJ The Stone Pony 05/23/2014 Pittsburgh PA Soldiers and Sailors Hall 05/22/2014 Pittsburgh PA Soldiers and Sailors Hall 03/29/2014 Pittsburgh PA Club Cafe 01/25/2014 Pittsburgh PA Club Cafe 01/25/2014 Pittsburgh PA Club Cafe
Joe Grushecky Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 10/12/2013 Pittsburgh PA Altar Bar 08/10/2013 Asbury Park NJ Wonder Bar 07/12/2013 Bethlehem PA Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks 07/03/2013 Pittsburgh PA The Smiling Moose 06/15/2013 Toronto ON Cadillac Lounge 03/23/2013 Pittsburgh PA Club Cafe
Joe Grushecky Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 12/15/2012 Pittsburgh PA Altar Bar 09/15/2012 Asbury Park NJ The Stone Pony 04/21/2012 Cleveland OH Beachland Ballroom 01/14/2012 Asbury Park NJ Paramount Theatre
Joe Grushecky Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 11/04/2011 Pittsburgh PA Soldiers and Sailors Hall 11/03/2011 Pittsburgh PA Soldiers and Sailors Hall