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By Hugh Twyman
Pittsburgh Current Featured Contributor
Leila Rhodes is a Pittsburgh based singer-songwriter and guitarist who produces all of her music herself. Everything. Combining elements of the blues, hip-hop, alternative rock and electronica, she redefines the musician as an artist by bringing a fresh and personal approach to the craft of making music.
She recently released her debut album, Casanova Way, this past summer and will be on the bill for the latest installment of The Girlie Show along with Jessica Rosario and Liss Victory on Friday, September 20 at Hambone’s (4207 Butler St.) in Lawrenceville. I want to thank Leila for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.
The first album you ever bought?
Insomniac by Green Day.
Your last album bought?
Revenge of the Dreamers III by Dreamville.
Favorite album of all time?
Off the Wall by Michael Jackson.
Least favorite/most disappointing album?
First concert attended?
Red Hot Chili Peppers at Consol Energy Center in 2010.
Wiz Khalifa at Key Bank Pavilion in July 2019.
Favorite concert ever?
It is a tie between Red Hot Chili Peppers and Janet Jackson.
Least favorite concert?
Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
I love my city because it seems like the perfect place for a budding artist. It’s not overwhelmingly crowded like some big cities yet there are still many opportunities and experiences that allow for growth to happen. There is also so much hidden talent here! Growing up I always thought the best musicians would surely be in the biggest cities but here I have found some of the most talented people I’ve ever seen.
Thanks, Leila. I agree that Pittsburgh is a perfect incubator for artists to grow due in large part to ‘Goldilocks’ it’s size. Not too big, not too small. You can easily connect with other musicians and find that the opportunities to do that are incredibly exciting.
For more Leila Rhodes: facebook.com/leilarhodesmusicpage.
Hugh Twyman (AKA HughShows) has been documenting the Pittsburgh music scene since 2004. His website (www.hughshows.com) features a comprehensive Pittsburgh Concert Calendar, episodes of HughShowsTV, a newly launched public Pittsburgh music database, exclusive audio steams from local bands, thousands of his concert photos and his trademark First/Last interview series.
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