Pittsburgh music veteran John Vento is building his latest album, “Brick By Brick”, one song at a time, by releasing a single per month, for the next year. Time to crank up the volume again, as the chart-topping Pittsburgh musician and co-founder of non-profit Band Together Pittsburgh, has now released his latest single and video, “Highwire”. Vento collaborated with lyricist Bert Lauble and multi-instrumentalist/producer David Granati to help bring the song to life. While the video clip was created and produced by Jim Pitulski.
“Without a doubt, ‘Highwire’ is the most personal and meaningful song that I have ever recorded,” says John Vento. “Over the past few years multiple people have come into my life that deal with debilitating diseases such as MS, Parkinson’s, and Muscular Dystrophy. Tasks that seem so mundane to many of us are a daily struggle for these folks, like trying to keep your balance on a ‘highwire’,” he concluded.
Leaning into his strengths, John Vento was able to turn in an impassioned, and quite expressive and involved record with “Highwire” that feels wholly Vento in style, approach, and scope. The song is truly an embodiment of elemental Americana – meaning an amalgam of American roots influences. The heartfelt narrative of the song allows Vento to smoke with his soaring, powerful, and soulful voice.
“Highwire” is a testament to John Vento’s effortless and natural delivery, and were written to be as such, while blistering guitar and harmonica parts, as well as the raw production rise to meet the epic nature of this effort. Energy is something that Vento never lacks, and helps in the arrangement which was projected with anguish and frantic changes to communicate the emotional rollercoaster of people with serious challenges.
Everything about this song’s arrangement builds up the imagery that will touch a nerve, especially if the listener is empathetic towards the afflictions brought on by debilitating diseases. John Vento shows that he is willing to not preach, but press into our conscience to make us really look at who we are and what we value.
John Vento enlisted David Granati on Guitars, Bass & Percussion, Wil E. Tri on Harmonica, George Perilli on Drums and Cherylann Hawk on supporting Vocals, for added stomp, steam and burn. At a time when so much is upside down and uncertain, the only thing John Vento knows to count on, is his own true vision. Which he has been doing on every song being prepared for his “Brick By Brick” album.
Through the years, John Vento has always been fiercely committed to excellence, pressing into the music’s roots and finding ways to challenge his gifts and his muse. His talent is still undeniable, his appeal worthy of wide recognition, and it’s all unmistakable and captured with renewed passion in every moment, very much worthy of your attention, on “Highwire”.
ABOUT JOHN VENTO: John Vento also fronts The Nied’s Hotel Band, voted Pittsburgh’s Best Bar Band in 2016. Through his performances, he has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for charity. John is a Communitas Award Winner for his work as co-founder of Band Together Pittsburgh. His leadership, generosity and work ethic are well known throughout the Pittsburgh music scene. John is a #1 international iTunes charting artist, a Billboard Magazine Emerging Artist and a 2019 International Music and Entertainment Association Award Winner. He has appeared on Fox, ABC, CBS, and NBC TV.