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Gary Hirstius

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The people of New Orleans have always been surrounded by music, especially Gary Hirstius. Besides the natural influence of being born and raised in a city so rich in musical heritage and style, his father is a trumpet player in the real-deal Storyville Dixieland Jazz Band. There were always combinations of guitar, trumpets, and drums lying around the house and at age 14, Gary started to gig with his guitar. By 17 he was playing on Bourbon Street, holding musical residence at the world famous strip club Big Daddy’s. It wasn’t long before Gary found himself playing what he calls the “Bayou Circuit,” the small cities and towns of the swampy and wild Cajun country south of New Orleans.

It is an easy and characteristic process to become jaded with such consistent playing and it didn’t take long for Gary to realize he needed something else to happen, something new. An ex-cop cousin who was employed as a detective gave Gary an introduction to the alternative that he sought. At the age of 21, with no experience and no training, Gary Hirstius began his other calling - private investigation. Like music, detective work came naturally. He soon had himself dual careers - his songs and stage energy often a byproduct of the stress involved with surveillance and other modes of anonymously meddling in others’ lives, hired by sometimes strange and insidious individuals to watch other strange and insidious individuals.

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  • in90sec

    sad sad sad - so lovely tunes that meant so much to me R. I. P.

    5 Jun 2012 Reply
  • FourCats

    Sorry to report that Gary Hirstius, one of New Orleans' premier singer/songwriters passed away on May 25, 2012. RIP, Gary. You will be missed...

    29 May 2012 Reply