Introducing the Fabulous Miss Freddye “Lady of the Blues”
Singing the Chicago style blues since 1996, Miss Freddye has become known as “Pittsburgh’s Lady of the Blues!” her influences are Delta and Chicago style blues, from artists of yester-year like Koko Taylor, Etta James, Big Mama Thornton, Bessie Smith, Sarah Vaughn, Denise Lasalle, and Memphis Minnie.
With her new album , we at IndiePulse music have been given the exclusive “Fist Listen”, and it is sublime, it is no exaggeration that the soulful tones in the voice of Miss Freddye has strong roots in both Gospel inspiration and the dark smokey nights in the clubs of the French Quarter all the way to the Neon Lights of The Apollo. Her voice pierces through you and it is truly a call to attention, cause “Mamma’s got somethin’ to say and you better heed”
All of the tracks presented have a classic “lady sings the blues” sound, but the emphasis and originality in presentation while keeping true to the nature of the music is wonderful. In addition, Miss Freddye gives it just a little bit of spice, some of that “Special Sauce” for a true down home from the neighborhood feeling. Some of my favorite tracks from the upcoming album are titled “Doorway to the Blues”, “Lady of the Blues”, “A Losing Battle” and my favorite “Miss Freddye Gonna Fix Ya” and she’ll Fix Ya Up Fine!
Miss Freddye started singing with BMW (Blues music works) headed by Al “Big Al” Leavitt. In 2002, she formed her own band, “Blue Faze.” Within the next several years the group evolved into “Miss Freddye’s Blues Band”, culminating their talents into a musical form that was truly the vision they desired. In addition to this 5-piece electric band, she created Miss Freddye’s Homecookin Trio in 2010. An acoustic side of blues! Miss Freddye performs with both bands around western and central PA, West Virginia and Eastern Ohio.
In 2008, Miss Freddye and her band competed in the West Virginia blues competition, won for the state, and went to the 2009 International blues competition representing the WVBS. In 2012, she competed in the Blues society of western PA as a duo act with my band mate and guitarist Greg “G-man” Casile, and won.
On this new album, Miss Freddye adds some spice by mixing it up good, with world class musicians.
On Guitar and backup vocals-Kid Andersen, Bass- Endre Taczy, Drums-June Core, Keyboards-Jim Pugh, Harmonicas -Aki Kumar, Andy Santana, John Nemeth and Brandon Bentz. On Tenor and baritone sax- Eric Spaulding, Trumpet- John Halbleib, Backup vocals- Lisa Andersen, Kid Andersen, Robby Yamilov, and Andy Santana.
The Producers are Kid Andersen (Greaseland Studios), Andy Santana, Co-producer-Lisa Andersen , Lead Vocals, of course, Miss Freddye.
Miss Freddye has performed in many major blues festivals, along with many smaller ones. Some of the most renowned performances are:
- Pittsburgh Blues Festival
- Heritage Blues Festival
- Riverside Blues Festival
- Charlie west Blues Festival
- Heston Arts and Music Festival
- Carnegie Blues Festival
- Spot Bar Blues Festival
- Blues, Brew, & BBQ Festival – University of Charleston
- Simply Jazz & Blues Festival – Beckley, WV
- Old Home Days Celebration & Car Cruise – Fertigs, PA
- Scottdale Music Festival
In Miss Freddye’s own words:
“When people ask me about Miss Freddye’s Blues Band, I tell them we’re known for our mix of high energy Chicago blues along with that sweet southern soulful blues sound! My vocals tell you that “Blues is more than just a Faze!” I am sultry & rough rising when belting out a story thru the music I sing! Greg “G-man” Casile plays blues guitar like he’s talking in a smoked filled room full of players and gamblers. His playing commands attention holding the unsuspecting audience spellbound by the blues in the making coming from his heart and through his amplifier!
Greg “Bootleg” Sejko lays down a smooth, solid no nonsense bass when he’s keeping the rhythm section on the line. Setting up blues bass is what he does that’s gives you more than just a Faze! Tim “Mick” McDermott is the other half of the rhythm section. Going back to roots blues basics is what he’s all about! Staying in the pocket, giving all that he has and then some! Bob “Bobby Deal” Powers commands the lap steel guitar! He slides up and down making your love for blues tenfold. He gets right, nice and tight, and ain’t no fuss or fight!
Loving those blues is what this band will have you do! I’m the front woman for this Pittsburgh based blues band! We have performed in festivals, community fairs, local and regional venues, and local charities.”