Jesse Pino

The Bunkhouse Saloon, Aug. 13

Guitarist Jesse Pino, who left local pop-rock band Left Standing to pursue a solo career in December, gained some new fans as he played to a seated crowd, giving the dive bar the ambience of MTV’s Unplugged. The aggressive yet delicate manner with which the 27-year-old strums his guitar is the calling card of a veteran musician (he performed with Left Standing for more than a decade). The poignant, soulful lyrics show that he sees both the cloud and the silver lining. “I’m falling for her/Could this be any worse?/And she’s not falling for me,” these are lyrics from his original song “I’m Falling.” Pino takes the pain of wanting someone who doesn’t want you back and turns it into something beautiful we can all bear. After hearing his touching lyrics and effortless guitar talent, I can’t wait to hear the EP he will record this fall.

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