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Reatha Pitman – Interview with a future US Country star! March 15, 2019

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Recently I had the absolute pleasure of catching up with up and coming US country singer Reatha Pitman. After 14 years in the US Navy Reatha is now putting everything into becoming a success as a singer. Click here to check out her website, buy some of the merch and you will be contributing directly towards her first album. Reatha answered a range of questions for With Just A Hint Of Mayhem, take a read and feel free to add a comment.

Who is your biggest musical influence and why?

There was absolutely no hesitation in this answer, it is the Judds. She has loved them since she was a little girl and has been lucky enough to see them live twice. Reatha said that one thing that she really admires about the Judds is their passion and how they have an air of being larger than life. Reatha also loves Reba McIntire and Shania Twain.

What is next for you, where do you go from here?

Reatha is currently working on a bunch of new songs for an album, her first, which if all goes well should be out later this year. She plans to start recording it in Nashville in April.

Musically do you have any of what you might consider guilty pleasures, if so what are they?

Well Ms. Pitman confessed to having no musical guilty pleasures and then having thought about said maybe Will Smith. <With Just A Hint Of mayhem wants your opinion, is Will Smith a guilty pleasure? Answers in the comments please>

What is your favourite song of all time?

Again, no hesitation from Reatha in this answer, it has to be “Love Can Build A Bridge” by the Judds. It brings so many great things together; the words, the tone and the melody. Reatha also added “Crazy” written by the great Willie Nelson and performed most memorably and famously by Patsy Cline.

How do you prepare for a gig?

No real routine, perhaps trying to learn the lyrics of songs that she plans to cover thoroughly. Reatha also drinks coffee pre-gig as she believes that it helps her vocal tone.

Name one thing in your musical career that you are most proud of and feel free to tell us why?

In September 2018 Reatha sang both days (Friday and Saturday) at the Mississippi Songwriters Festival. This particular festival features and showcases many renowned Nashville songwriters.

What drives you to write songs?

Reatha’s song writing drive comes from emotion and human experience. Maybe a thought stemming from a line or scene from a movie. She also takes inspiration from other peoples lives and their experiences. One of her newer songs is about her Dad.

Name a song that you believe you could cover and make it better than the original?

With this one I think Reatha made a very bold choice in “Crazy” the Patsy Cline classic.

Which of your songs would you like to see covered by someone else and who would be your top choice to do it?

“Hittin’ The Road” (which can be found on her new EP, click here to find it on Spotify). She would like maybe Kasey Musgraves or Kelsea Ballerini to give it a shot.

Name three things that you simply cannot live without?

Chips <that’ll be crisps to those of us on this side of the big pond>

Movies/ Cinema/ TV – especially romantic dramas with a happy ending. Particularly Hallmark films.

What is your favourite confectionary item?

Sour Patch Kids Gum candy.

Who is the richest Bruce Wayne (a.k.a. Batman) or Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man)?

Tony Stark because he designs and sells high end electronics and computer equipment.

 

“Road On Which We Travel” – Reatha Pitman March 2, 2019

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When I was a kid and into my teenage years I really couldn’t bring myself to like country and western music, largely because my parents were fans and frankly liking what your parents liked really wasn’t cool. However as I have grown older I find myself becoming much more of a country and western fan, just to add another genre to my already eclectic taste. Largely this came about through what Rick Rubin did with Johnny Cash and rediscovering Willie Nelson, Billie Jo Spears (my Dad loved “Blanket On The Ground”) and particularly Roseanne Cash. Well now there’s a new country singer on the block, her name is Reatha Pitman and she released a fabulous debut country driven EP late last year called “Road On Which We Travel”. 

It keeps very close to traditional country and western in both stylistic delivery and indeed subject matter. These songs are directly from Reatha’s life and her heart. She writes her own songs and you can sense the sometimes delicate balance between happiness and hurt. The EP kicks off with “Hittin’ The Road” which I think is about leaving a cheating partner. It suggests someone who is confident in her decision to leave the ‘love rat’ protagonist.  “Daddy’s Little Girl” for me shows a woman who loves her Daddy with the unconditional love that often exists in a relationship between a child and their father or mother. I understand that feeling because I had that strong bond with my father and I still do with my mother. I love the flow and lyrics of “Darlin’ He’s Yours” which on first listen seems like a mild put down of a previous lover who has left, but it packs a mighty horseshoe encased in its velvet glove delivery. This is a classy début and it bodes incredibly well for the album that Reatha is working on which will hopefully see release later this year.

If you love country music then you must check this lady out. Even if you don’t consider yourself a country fan give it a listen, you might be very, pleasantly surprised! Click here to find the EP on Spotify. Reatha lives in Long Beach, MS on the beach and performs locally along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and into Alabama and Louisiana. I recently interviewed Reatha via Skype, look out for that on this blog very soon. I can tell you that she is delightful, eloquent and in possession of a great sense of humour. She is clearly very passionate about her music too. Bob Harris if you’re reading this you need to check out Reatha for your BBC Radio 2 show!

 

 
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