An interview with Tedi Brunetti

by | Sep 11, 2021

To say Tedi Brunetti has “seen everything” during her career in music would be a vast understatement. The drummer, singer and songwriter from Pittsburgh grew up listening to songs on a transistor radio while banging away on a hamper and old hat boxes. It wasn’t long before Tedi was touring with New York City’s The Impalas, Toronto’s infamous B-Girls and performing with Isis’ Carol MacDonald before finally deciding to launch her solo career.

Tedi’s current music project is a full-length album titled Queen of Pittsburgh. It will feature a mix of songs ranging from blues shuffles to more eclectic originals clearly influenced by classic rock, jazz and blues. The album is slated for a 2021 release and will be available on all major streaming services, including Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon. Physical copies will be available for purchase via our official website store.

Tedi Brunetti wraps the psyche in luscious vocals. Each song charming and engaging you in an intimate conversation, as you forget she’s singing, the story unfolds. Tedi balances her humorous observations and mature intention lyrically while she drives and defines the band from her drum throne. She may yet be the Queen of Pittsburgh! 1 In Music find out more.

1 In Music: What is unique about you and your music? Tedi Brunetti [TB]: I’m a 69 year-old grandma recording artist who plays drums, sings and writes her own music. My music is Jazz and Rock -influenced Blues. Think- Janis Joplin meets Steely Dan in Memphis 🙂 1 In Music: Wow. What shaped your music and who supports you? TB: My music was shaped by listening to Top 40 radio growing up and my high school and college music teachers who turned me onto jazz. My brother David Brunetti (Acting Songs) was a child podigy classical pianist who later turned his attention to musical theater. So, I heard a lot of classical music and Broadway music too. 1 In Music: When did you realise you were going to make music professionally?
TB: I was 11 when the music bug hit me. I knew then that this is what I do, I’m a musician! I felt it to the bone. I just KNEW!
1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to? TB: I have eclectic taste in music. Like most things , I enjoy and appreciate anything done well. I listen to a little bit of everything. The last few years instrumental funky jazz has been my jam. 1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist? TB: Well, there’s lots of those, wouldn’t you agree?? Off the top of my head, since I recently listened to him , I’d say blues artist Larry McCray. He’s so connected to his music. He’s a virtuoso guitarist and I love his big baritone voice. He’s quite the vocalist. He’s never received the recognition I think he deserves. 1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances? Tedi BrunettiTB: I insist on having a tight, well rehearsed band. Personally, because I sing all the lead vocals and front my band from behind the drum set, I prepare for performances with substantial practice. I make sure my drumming is at a higher level than needed for my style of music so I can give my vocals proper attention. 1 In Music: What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about? TB: When I’m not doing music I love to cook. I try new recipes and methods, like smoking meats. I love gathering family and friends for a great meal. I also enjoy traveling with my husband. We travel here in the states and especially Italy. We’re sports fans so we’ve been known to take a few road trips to support our Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers, and Pens. 1 In Music: Success to you is…?
TB: Music success to me is having a finished recorded album. The recorded music is to me akin to a sculpture or painting. It’s a permanent piece of fine art.
I enjoy the entire process of recording. I enjoy writing and re-writing, arranging, performing, production, mixing and mastering. I’m involved in all aspects of my work. I also love making videos for my songs. My songs tell stories and lend themselves nicely to video production. It’s another way I can express myself. I always feel that if I like it and my team likes it, other people will like our work too. 1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out? TB: Be true to yourself. You’re enough! Being authentic is so important to me. I think when we’re starting out we look at artists who are established and think “they do this, so I need to do that to be successful”. We’re all unique and for me, when I see someone comfortable being themselves it makes me comfortable being myself. There’s a connection, a bond between the artist and the audience when that happens. 1 In Music: Any upcoming projects? TB: I’m currently promoting my Queen of Pittsburgh album. It began as a legacy album for our grandchildren so they would know grandma and grandpa were cool once! It turned out too good not to share with the public. Dean Allen Sargent (Public Enemy, Taylor Dayne, Blue Oyster Cult) and Michael Henegan (Sonny Rhodes, Lonnie Shields, Randy Lippincott) produced the album. Legendary Mixing Engineer Tommy Uzzo, a lifelong friend of producer Dean Sargent, mixed Eat, Sleep, Repeat and was a consultant for this album until he passed last April. His expertise, encouragement and heart are missed by all. Daniel Malsch (Soundmine Recording Studio)mastered Queen of Pittsburgh. I was able to fulfill some wishes on this album. Our son James T Mason plays guitar on the title track Queen of Pittsburgh. Queen of Pittsburgh features a killer father/son guitar solo section. Two of my 6 sisters, Mary Brunetti Parke and Anita Brunetti-Philips sing background vocals along with my friend Nicole Belli Lysiak. Many great players contributed to this albums success. Tedi Brunetti-lead vocals and drums, Jim mason- lead guitar, Michael Henegan- bass, guitar, background vocals, Dean Sargent- guitar, background vocals, Luigi Cafara- keyboards, Kenny Blake- sax, Steve Ertle- horns, Billy Baltera- guitar, James T Mason- guitar, Pierce Dipner-guitar, Eric Steckle- guitar solo outro Somethin’s Cookin’. I’m about to release the video to my Eat, Sleep, Repeat song and start video production for my Queen of Pittsburgh song. We’re looking to release my first album “Tattooed Women” and are working on technical issues in order to make that happen. I’ve started rolling ideas around for my next album which I plan to begin next year. 1 In Music: Wow, that is a lot. Where do we find them all? TB: my website is where links to all my projects and more information about me can be found. All streaming platforms carry Queen of Pittsburgh -Spotify, Deezer, iHeart radio. Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon etc YouTube. I’m on social media sites Tedi Brunetti and Tedi Brunetti Official and love connecting with my social media friends, so drop me a comment or DM me.