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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.

 

“When you believe in things that you don’t understand, then you suffer” December 19, 2011


It’s the 19th December, it’s day 19 of my ABC of Motown Christmas Advent Calendar and we’ve reached the letter S. I have chosen one of my favourite Motown songs for this letter. It is the timeless and truly amazing “Superstition” from Mr Stevie Wonder. The song was the first single from Stevie’s ‘Talking Book’ album. He wrote, produced and arranged the song and played drums and keyboards, obviously he did the vocal too.

It reached number one in both the US Billboard chart and the US R & B chart in 1972. It made it to a sadly less impressive number eleven in the UK. It was his first US Billboard number one since “Fingertips Part 2” in 1963. Whilst I really love much of Stevie’s music I really don’t like the only two number ones he has had in the UK. “Ebony and Ivory” the duet with Paul McCartney in 19282 and the dreadful “I Just Called To Say I Love You” in 1984. But he has recorded so much excellent music I can happily forgive him for those two. I’m just not sure I can forgive the British public for making them both number one.

Stevie originally wrote “Superstition” for Jeff Beck but Motown Supremo Berry Gordy saw the potential in the song and insisted that Wonder should record it himself. Jeff Beck later recorded his version with Beck, Bogert and Appice. Jeff  has often played the song live and also recorded Stevie’s “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers” for his ‘Blow By Blow’ album in 1975.

The song as the title would suggest is about superstition, however there are not many superstitious elements mentioned in the lyrics. Notably thirteen, breaking a mirror and ladders get a name check. The song can also be heard in a few movies. A character in John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ listens to it on a boombox. Will Smith’s character listens to it at the start of  ‘I Robot’. Enjoy Jeff Beck’s version followed by Stevie’s below.

And finally here are Jeff and Stevie playing the song together at the 25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2009.

 

 
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