Last winter, Chet Vincent’s job required a commute from his home in Lawrenceville to Gibsonia. The landscape that he saw each morning on Route 8 started him thinking about a batch of songs he was writing.
Known around the city as the frontman of the hard-driving group The Big Bend, the songwriter is equally at home playing solo at open stages. So when he ventured into the studio in early 2017 to record the songs, Vincent enlisted friends from other bands that could play up his singer-songwriter side. Credited as Biirdwatcher, the backing band includes Josh Carter (drums), Jesse Prentiss (bass) and Trish Imbrogno (bass), Read Connolly (pedal steel), Guy Russo (piano) and Nathan Zoob (guitars).
The result featured both stripped-down acoustic folk and some more electric moments. However, the emphasis is always directed toward Vincent’s vocals and lyrics. In doing so, Vincent creates ideas and characters that bring humanity to that landscape he remembered from his morning drives.