Critc's Pick: William Fitzsimmons to Perform at the Firebird This Monday, October 31

Press photo via Nettwerk Music Group

The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-bred, Springfield, Illinois-based singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons has never been shy about plumbing his own biography in the service of his songs. Over the past decade, a heaping handful of his albums have featured tracks that address his direct experiences with mental illness, divorce and related human frailties, but his warm and gentle approach to the material is always welcoming and sympathetic. His most recent studio releases are a pair of mini-LPs inspired by the lives of his grandmothers, and a just-released live album shows Fitzsimmons and his band at work on stage. Even their reworking of Fleetwood Mac’s gossamer pop hit “Everywhere” feels imbued with the same gravity that attends Fitzsimmons’ best work.

No Myth: Laura Burhenn, who normally fronts the fine piano-fired combo the Mynabirds, will open the show with a solo set.

Watch Fitzsimmons perform "Everywhere" below:

William Fitzsimmons
8 p.m. Monday, October 31. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street. $20. 314-535-0353.

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