"Thirsty Thursday" Featuring Tedi Brunetti
Thank you so much for chatting with us! Looking back, what was the first album or “Vinyl” you bought? I do remember the first 45rpm record I bought was The Beach Boys, “I Get Around,” in 1964. The first LP was “Meet the Beatles” also around 1964.
How was filming the video for "Evil Woman?" My video team is outstanding. Abe Urquilla and Chris Rodriguez of B-MHAC are a dream to collaborate with. They made all my visions come to life. They are graduates of Rutgers University Film School so they’re bonafide film makers. We filmed in two locations, Swank Hair Salon where the hottie Melissa Altenbaugh Foster the owner and my stylist employs a crew of 20/ 30 year old stylists. All are talented and gorgeous and whose antics with their friends and boyfriends gave me material to draw on in writing Evil Woman. So, why not shoot there and use these pretty ladies in the video?
The other set we used was our loft in the Strip which has a marvelous city view, especially at night. That scene is a party scene so we threw a party. I’m known for throwing a good party! There was electricity in the air that night. I knew the video was going to be great. I could just feel it!
Is there any news for the forthcoming album? My album Queen of Pittsburgh is being released July 20, 2021 by Sony/The Orchard. It will be available on all streaming platforms, downloadable on iTunes , Amazon, and physical CD’s can be purchased on my website: tedibrunetti.com.
Aside from singing do you play any instruments? Aside from singing I play drums on all the tracks. I also play a little guitar and that is how I write the music to my songs, on guitar although sometimes I start writing from a bass line.
What is one thing you can tell us that most people don’t know that might surprise us? Something that might surprise people is I have a brother Ted Brunetti who is an actor, producer, director. He played Frankie Coffeecake in "A Bronx Tale" on Broadway recently. I’m the oldest of ten kids. My brother and I are named after our dad Ted Brunetti. I told my mom, “Oh, I wasn’t a good enough Ted because I don’t have a dingus!” She gasped “No, no, no” I said “Mom, it’s okay I’ve gotten over it." It’s weird when we introduce each other to friends. It’s one of those “and here’s my other brother/sister Tedi!” I feel George Foreman’s children’s pain!
What is your favorite dish to cook? My favorite dish to cook is spaghetti and meatballs. My grandson Oliver calls it “grandma’s yummy noodles and meatballs." He’s five and shovels it down like a linebacker and periodically yells out “this is delicious!!” So how could I not love to make this for him?
What is the best dish you have ever had? The best dish I ever had was in Sicily, Siracusa to be exact. It was pasta with a squid ink sauce. The sauce was briny and rich, something from another world! They first gave us bibs because that black squid ink stains. I’ve since tried to make it. Mine came out good but doesn’t compare to that restaurant in Siracusa. Italians can cook!
Where do you shop and name three items that are always in your grocery cart. I love to shop at Pennsylvania Macaroni Company on Penn Ave. in The Strip district where I live. At Penn Mac I always have good imported cheeses Reggiano Parmesan, Pecorino Romano, Mortadella, and these sweet and hot baby peppers.
Finally, what is your favorite family recipe? My favorite family recipe is my mom’s cannoli shell recipe. No one’s are better! No One’s!! Don’t argue. Yours won’t even come close :)