Interview with Gifted Musician Patti Spadaro

by | Jul 3, 2024

Meet Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter Patti Spadaro

Patti Spadaro is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter known for her introspective and heartfelt songwriting, creative lead guitar work, and uplifting musical perspective. Her band, the Patti Spadaro Band, is celebrated for its organic grooves, memorable original compositions, and spontaneous jam sessions. Spadaro wrote her latest single, “Glass Shatters,” as a celebration of women and the historical milestone of the first female Vice President and features local Pittsburgh talent such as Anne Celedonia (keys/vocals), background vocalists Cherylann Hawk, Jill Simmons & Alison McTavish, drummer and recording engineer Eric Kurtzrock, and bassist Ryan Black.

Spadaro’s rich musical journey from Pennsylvania to Los Angeles via the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood had her extensively touring. Her band made a significant impact, securing extensive radio airplay and being named as one of LA’s Top Five Bands by KTLA-TV. Throughout her career, she has collaborated with various artists, performed at numerous venues and festivals, and opened for legendary acts like Little Feat, Eddie Van Halen, Melvin Seals & JGB. Despite the success, she answered the call of her roots, returning to Pennsylvania to raise her two daughters and continuing her musical career. She released two more albums and continues to record and perform. Spadaro also imparts her knowledge of yoga, meditation, and Mindfulness in Music through college courses. 1 In Music meets the gifted musician.

The sound of Patti Spadaro

What is unique about you and your music?

Patti SpadaroPatti Spadaro [PS]: I bring a woman’s touch to my lead guitar playing. I’ve got a bluesy, soulful, fluid & dynamic feel, which is rather unique. I love to improvise in a jam-band style and bring a positive vibe.  I also teach college courses in yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. I think this brings depth and presence to my music and helps me find a sense of flow in the music.

What or who shaped your music and who supports you?

PS: I had many guitar heroes growing up: Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin. I used to love learning their riffs. I studied at Musician’s Institute in Hollywood and learned from amazing players like Scott Henderson who played with Chick Corea, and Keith Wyatt of the Blasters. Seeing the Grateful Dead live a bunch of times was great fun; I love the improvisation and songwriting. Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, Natalie Merchant, and Sara Bareillis are all vocal influences of mine.  I studied with Vocal Coach Beth Claussen in Pittsburgh, and took workshops with author Tama Kieves, who’s very inspiring.  I’m grateful for the support of people who listen to my recordings and come to live shows. The listeners, music lovers and fans make all the hard work worth it.

Who and what inspires Patti Spadaro?

When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?

Patti SpadaroPS: I started playing at age 11 but decided to major in Physics in college.  I was interested in science and wondered how the universe worked. But the deeper I got into the world of physics, and my student work experience, the more I felt that it wasn’t the right career path for me. Music was really pulling me. So, after I graduated, I worked for a year to save up money to move to LA, go to Musician’s Institute, and give music as a career a shot.

What type of music do you listen to?

PS: Jam-bands, Americana, blues, rock, independent music.

Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

PS: Little Feat has fabulous musicians and a great vibe. Their shows are really fun, and they are good people. My band opened for them at the historic El Rey Theater in Los Angeles. I got to know Paul Barerre a little bit. He’s such a great player. Unfortunately, he passed away too soon.  The band and the music continues on.

Patti Spadaro inspiring us

How do you prepare for your performances?

Patti Spadaro [PS]: On days leading up to a show, I practice myself and with the band.  Day of a show I’ll usually run through some songs on the set list. I do vocal warm up exercises. And I usually take a walk or do some yoga and mindful breathing.

What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

Patti SpadaroPS: I love to hang out with my husband and daughters. I teach college courses in yoga, meditation and mindfulness.  I love nature, walking, biking, swimming.

Success to you is…?

PS: Feeling balanced and happy. Having some love in my life. Being able to spend some time doing what I’m passionate about.

What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

PS:

Believe in yourself, love yourself, take good care of yourself. If you’re in a good place, you have more to share and give. Relax, let go and enjoy the ride.

What’s next for Patti Spadaro?

Any upcoming projects?

Patti Spadaro [PS]: I’m writing and recording some new songs, and I just released a single. I’d like to add more local and regional shows.#

Thank you so much for this interview! Where do we find you music?

PS: Apple Music, iTunes, Bandcamp, Spotify, YouTube and those types of places.

www.pattispadaro.com