Thursday, February 3, 2011

Slim and Duke Team Up

Slim Forsythe

A little more news on Pittsburgh's cowboy troubadour, Slim Forsythe:

Last September, Mark and Maria Dudash, the owners of Duquesne Beer, stopped in for a night at Neid's Hotel in Lawrenceville to catch Slim Forsythe and the Beagle Brothers on stage. Forewarned, they sprung the song "Why Can't I Get Duquesne on this Sad and Lonesome Train?" on the pair. The Duke Dudashes liked it so much that they've taken it as the theme song for their beer's ad campaign.

It's a case of the circle being unbroken. Frank Forsythe, Slim's dad, was a jazz singer and big band crooner in Pittsburgh night clubs, radio and television back in the day. In fact, he often performed on KDKA TV's "Duquesne Showtime" sponsored by the brewery in the early 1950's. He was even one of the models for Duke Beer's "Prince of Pilsener." The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, hey?

Speaking of Apple, iTunes offers the song for download, just in case the urge strikes to drop 99 cents on the Forsythe/Beagle Brothers song.

"Why Can't I Get Duquesne on this Sad and Lonesome Train?" snippet

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