By DAVID DUPONT
BG Independent News
In 2004, singer-songwriter Shane Piasecki paid for the recording of his first album with the money he received from his high school graduation. He then left Liberty Center for California and later for Nashville.
He returned to the area five years ago. In the 13 years since graduating, he’s recorded three more albums, toured as an opener for Howie Day, and spent 10 years in Nashville, where he landed a record deal and local airplay.
But the family called. He has a little son. “I can never leave again.”
But after stepping out of his managerial contract, he didn’t have a steady income either.
Piasecki is still committed to the life of a full-time artist.
Piasecki and his band The Lone Wolf Hippies will play Grounds for Thought in a concert produced by Dustin Galish and presented by BG Independent News on Sunday November 27th at 6pm.
He formed the band five years ago. Piasecki brought bassist David Morris and drummer Mark Sentle over to his home and worked on his originals.
Both have extensive experience in the Toledo music scene.
Sentle got into jazz with Gene Parker.
Morris, who attended the Toledo School for the Arts, began performing when his parents still had to drive him to performances. He performed with The Good, the Bad and the Blues when the band were finalists at the International Blues Competition.
“It’s such a fun band,” he said. “We do everything our way. We’re all kind of left-handed as people and musicians.”
You can play “authentic covers” and many originals by Piasecki.
Given that his previous publisher owned half of much of his existing catalogue. Piasecki set about writing a new book. The band also plays tunes from his earlier recordings because they are popular with his local fans.
Piasecki wants to recruit the Lone Wolf Hippies as an established touring band along the lines of Red Wanting Blue. Getting this going is difficult. The band has worked in the area and opened for Guster in Hensville.
As a full-time musician he has to keep himself busy, so he still books shows as a single. At this point his workload is squandered half with the band, half alone.
“I write every day,” he says. “It’s just like a spark flew through my head.”
He works out problems with relationships and personal growth. As soon as he finishes one song, he starts the next one. He learns something from everyone.
Recently, he said, he met with a group of older men who meet regularly for coffee and talks at his hometown of Liberty Center. Piasecki came with the desire to write a song that would connect with them. “It is important to me that the elders understand me.”
He has also benefited from collaborating with his musical elders. In Nashville, he records with bassist Dave Roe, who played in Johnny Cash’s last band. Roe paired him with top-notch session players in Nashville. This also affected his songwriting. “I try to keep it clear and simple for these guys.”
Whether it’s country, blue rock or jazz, he said he “respects the songwriters and legends” who came before him.
The Lone Wolf Hippies haven’t released a record yet. They went to Nashville and Detroit for sessions. Piasecki thinks Detroit is the best place for him to establish himself and his band.
“In Nashville, I was more of a Detroit artist,” he said. “They liked my edge but I was a little too nervous.” He didn’t want producers to interfere with his songs. “It’s a big deal in Nashville.”
At this point he has three hours of material. “If we find a studio we love, we’ll have 40 original songs.”
The trio are delighted to be booked at Grounds in a series reviving the coffeehouse’s tradition of hosting live music, disrupted by the pandemic. Piasecki lived in Bowling Green for a time and, like his bandmates, played in bars around town. “We can all say that BG is a part of us.”