When I go back to Pittsburgh and drop in on Nieds Hotel in Lawrenceville or the Rochester Inn in the North Hills, I inevitably find old friends and, very often now, the children of old friends.
You’ll find yourself toe-tapping along to swinging songs about trains and heartbreak when you don your ornately flowered Western shirt and make your way to Nied’s Hotel, in Lawrenceville, to catch local country stalwart Slim Forsythe.
Pittsburgh is a city that celebrates its neighborhood bars. In some of those spots, second- and third-generation regulars are pulling up their stools to be served by someone who started pouring drinks decades ago.
Slim Forsythe, hitting that age of plentiful senior discounts, will celebrate his 62nd birthday Friday night at the Nied’s Hotel, 5438 Butler St., with the release of a new 7-inch single on the Get Hip Folk Series.
Kevin “Slim” Forsythe’s resume includes stints as an oil field roustabout, apartment building concierge and typewriter cleaner. He’s published four novels and has a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
I’m having bacon and eggs near the end of the bar close to the front door at Nied’s Hotel in Lawrenceville, with Barb Kline working the grill in front of me.
Forsaking the law for the creative life, and living above the bar at Nied’s.