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First/Last – Sadie’s Song

March 26, 2018

“I was born and raised in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, PA. My mother being the largest influence in my life, the CD’s she owned and the radio stations she listened to quickly became what I was humming as a child. Stevie Nicks and Jackson Browne were two of the largest influences in my music as an adolescent and as I grew into myself I discovered Folk and Blues music. Janis Joplin, Etta James, and Stevie Nicks became the three power houses I wanted to be. I’ve always loved a piece of every genre though. The lyrics in Folk, the raw emotion in Blues, the honesty of Country, the sexual nature of R&B, and the excitement of Rock n’ Roll. I’ll take it all. I try to emulate as mush as I can through my music. I hope you can appreciate my music as much as I’ve appreciated others.”

Sadie’s Song is the moniker for songwriter Sadie Freund, who is a regular in the vibrant open mic scene in Pittsburgh. She will be celebrating that scene with a ‘solo’ show entitled “Feel the Folk” with Sadie and Friends this Thursday (3/28) at The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls featuring the Sweaty Already String Band, The Lone Pines, and Luke Sadecky. I want to thank Sadie for taking the the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.


The first album you ever bought?

That would be Celine Dion’s Greatest Hits because I knew nothing of good music yet. I was around 10.

Your last album bought?

I rebought Ryan Adams Heartbreaker record for my record player. My old one had been played too many times and was a little scratchy.

Favorite album of all time?

Matchbox Twenty’s Yourself or Someone Like You, because I’m a 90’s kid I suppose. 🙂

Least favorite/most disappointing album?

The Head and the Heart’s Let’s Be Still. I don’t like the direction they took their sound, and you can tell they were trying to create something that wasn’t honest.

First concert attended?

Tim McGraw was my first ever concert. I was 8 and thrilled.

Last concert?

Tyler Childers in Cleveland. Great show, and good dude.

Favorite concert ever?

Iron and Wine performing at the Carnegie Music Hall. There was something in the air that night other than 90-degree weather with no air conditioning.

Least favorite concert?Toby Keith. He was drunk the whole time, but I went with my mom. She’s a huge fan.

Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?

My favorite experiences in Pittsburgh all revolve around music. It’s difficult to pick one, because there have been so many shows I’ve been a part of or been a spectator for that have been a joy to my life.

Thanks, Sadie. I’ll give you a pass on Celine Dion since she was ALL over the place when you got the album. PLus you were ten. Believe me, there have been way worse answers than that.