First/Last – Her Ladyship

February 5, 2018

“Her Ladyship is a Pittsburgh based indie-folk band featuring lush, soulful harmonies, acoustic guitar, and evocative, literary lyrics.”

Her Ladyship is a Pittsburgh based acoustic folk collective who are the house band at Scratch Food and Beverage in Troy Hill. Every Thursday from 9:30 – 11pm you can catch them until April with the last Thursday of the month being an open mic. I want to thank Brian Reyburn (Guitar/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • Queen’s Greatest Hits (cassette). Weird Al’s Alapalooza (CD).
  • Your last album bought?
  • OK, Wreck Loose.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • This title is always changing, but a short list of albums that changed my life and held the title of “favorite” at one time or another is:
  • Leonard Cohen’s Songs of Leonard Cohen.
  • Bob Dylan’s Bootleg Series #’s 2 and 7.
  • Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.
  • Joanna Newsom’s The Milk-Eyed Mender.
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • Joanna Newsom’s Divers and Fleet Foxes Crack-Up.
  • First concert attended?
  • My mother swears this was a Backstreet Boys concert, but the first concert that I remember going to however is a Kingston Trio concert in Layton, Utah.
  • Last concert?
  • The Easy Leaves and Pokey LaFarge at The Black Cat in Washington DC like four days before Pokey’s band-mate Koenig was hit by a car while on the sidewalk in Charleston, SC.
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • (At least most recently) Wreck Loose at Gooski’s.
  • Least favorite concert?
  • Robert Plant at Santa Barbara Bowl (approx. 2005). I was discovered while trying to sneak into the concert and ended up lying down on the ice-plant and listening to the whole show from the shrubbery outside the venue.
  • Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?

Pittsburgh’s array of abandon houses has always had a great appeal to me. I’ve always enjoyed exploring the ghosts of old houses and rummaging through the bits of histories that people have left behind in their homes. Although they are quickly disappearing (and many of them already have), the abandoned houses throughout this city are wonderful keys into Pittsburgh’s past and provide such juxtaposition as to what Pittsburgh was against the shiny, face-lifted place that it’s becoming. The architectural relics around this city (rarities in most other places) have, over the past decade or so, shown me many lessons and just as many hours of (illicit?) entertainment.

Thanks, Brian. Scratch food is the bomb. I’m gonna have to stop by on a Thursday soon to see you guys. Also, I am with you on the abandoned houses thing. They are so interesting to explore and yes, they are disappearing very quickly.