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Alan Getto

Alan Getto is a folk/rock singer-songwriter newly based in Pittsburgh. He moved from Brooklyn in 2017 to Ligonier, PA in order to release an album and go on tour, and to help his family build a house. That house being finished, Alan has recently set his sights on Pittsburgh as his new musical home-base. 

Like Alan’s upbringing in rural parts of the Northeast and Midwest, Alan’s songs often have a rural soundscape: acoustic guitar, fiddle, banjo, harmonica, etc. In New York, however, his music started to resemble city life a bit more: electrified, eclectic—consisting sometimes of fuzzed-out electric guitar and bass, drums, electric organ, etc. At bottom, however, his instrumentation provides a setting for his lyrics, which live at the forefront of his songs.

Alan’s lyrics are often literary (he studied literature in college), but have simplicity and poetry at their heart. This aspect mirrors his early influences: Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, David Bowie, Warren Zevon. His lyrics and his sound sit Alan’s music alongside current artists like Big Thief, Kurt Vile, Andrew Bird, and Lady Lamb. 

Alan has two releases out and available for streaming or purchase: “All Different Times,” which he released in 2015; and “Versus,” which he released in 2017. Like these releases, Alan sometimes performs acoustic shows or electric, usually solo, but recently with accompaniment. To hear these releases or find ways to follow Alan, you can visit his website.

Website: www.alangetto.com

Genre: Folk/Rock

Similar artists: Big Thief, Kurt Vile, Andrew Bird

Influences: Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, The Beatles

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