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MUSIC | Vol. 8, No. 28, July 24, 2008
(There Oughta Be A Word For That)

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Sadie Blu

by Bradley "B.J." Davis Jr.
Only child Sadie Blu, born in Dothan, Ala. in 1989 and daughter to a preacher, is described as shy. People didn't begin to focus on her talent until she began performing her style of blues at hootenannies at a Milton, Fla. antique store. Gravitating toward older generations, she began to fine-tune her craft. After a little coaxing from her parents, she authored a few songs in the confines of her garage, which led to the release of a four-song demo. As in many small, rural communities, word of Blu's gift began to spread. She recalls agreeing to perform at Milton's River Walk Festival on July 4, 2007. Just a little over a year later, Blu will record her first television performance for WSRE's StudioAmped concert series on Saturday, August 2, just a few weeks shy of her nineteenth birthday. Despite Blu's young age, her music is melodically mature with a carefully crafted intensity.

IN: It's always exciting to talk with some budding talent, and your career is really just now beginning to take off. Is this where you saw yourself this time last year?

Blu: This time last year, I was merely dreaming of the opportunities that have been afforded me. I am a dreamer, but I'm also a die-hard realist as well! I honestly never believed anything would come of my music. A couple of weeks before July 4, 2007, (which was my first public performance), I decided to go to Mainstreet Cafe in Milton (a haunt of mine that helped to feed my desire to play in public), where a local musician was playing. I asked him not to introduce me, plugged in my guitar, and sang one song. The people dining there responded overwhelmingly positive to me, but I was too nervous to continue. All I could manage to say into the mic was, "Thank you so much, and can someone please unplug me before I pass out!?" (laughs). In those few minutes, though, my life was changed forever, and for the better. From that point on, I knew that was what I wanted to do with my life, no matter how frightened I was!

IN: You're described as a shy musician, really just starting to perform for audiences in the last few years. Are you the telltale case of facing your fear to overcome it with your recent/upcoming performances?

Blu: Well, I guess "Sexy Sadie" was already taken-so, "Shy Sadie" is my lot! (laughs) Yes, I guess you could say I'm a telltale case of overcoming your fears by taking them on. I don't know what the future holds, but I know I have already been richly blessed by people I have met and other events I would have surely missed if I hadn't faced my fear of performing. If you can take that mysterious moving shadow on your wall and shine some light on it, cutting it down to size, you often find that it's nothing to fear. Life is too short to be immobilized by fear. I know if I can face my fears, anyone can.

IN: Do you miss us back in here the Pensacola area?

Blu: I definitely miss seeing my fans in Pensacola. I have been lucky enough to have people travel from Pensacola to Atlanta for shows, and that is always a heartwarming reminder of the support the Pensacola/Milton area continues to give me. For that, I could never properly express my appreciation. I relocated to Atlanta, admittedly, with a bit of trepidation, but it's just part of facing my fears. The move has been very rewarding. There are so many amazing artists in Atlanta, I'm learning more each day.

IN: What's your fan base like in Atlanta? Pensacola?

Blu: I'm finding my fan base to be very diverse in every aspect. To have a young child digging the music, as well as their great grandparents, that's really inspiring and mind blowing to me. I feel very blessed. I think my fan base consists of the most generous and kind people you could ever hope to meet.

IN: Do you still sport any of your handmade jewelry you sold to pay for your first guitar?

Blu: More often than not, I am indeed sporting some handmade jewelry.

IN: Being the daughter of a preacher, was blues more of an acceptable type of music for you to pursue?

Blu: Being the daughter of a preacher, there wasn't, and still isn't, an acceptable type of music to pursue. I don't think music would last if you only did what's considered "acceptable." If you aren't feeling what you're playing, no one else will, either. With that said, I guess the blues pursued me.

IN: You've got some pretty well known musicians listed as your musical influences. What is it about Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix and John Lee Hooker that inspires you?

Blu: All of the artists listed inspire me in different ways, but one of the main points would be the intensity of the connection between themselves, the music and their audience. Connection is key, and it's not always easy, I have found.

IN: Growing up, you spent some time with the older generations, rather than folks your own age. What do you take away from that knowledge and experience?

Blu: I have always gravitated to people older than myself. As a young child, I began seeking answers to questions that would plague my mind, and just simply over thinking in general. I quickly found the company of my elders to be more intriguing and intellectually satisfying, I suppose. The knowledge and experiences have led me to where I am today, so I couldn't ask for more.

IN: Say you were as good at playing the guitar as I am, which is not very good at all. What else would you be doing?

Blu: If I wasn't doing what I am now, I'm pretty sure they'd have me locked up in the loony bin! Music is continual and cheap therapy for me! (laughs)

IN: Is this show your first television performance? Talk about overcoming your fear of performing. Are you excited?

Blu: Yes, this will be my first TV performance, and, hopefully, not my last! I am so far beyond excited. I can barely contain myself! I am so grateful for this opportunity.

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Sadie Blu
What: WSRE StudioAmped Concert Series
Where: WSRE Amos Performance Studio, 1000 College Blvd.
When: Saturday, August 2
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: $7
For ticket information, visit www.wsre.org. For more information on Sadie Blu, visit www.myspace.com/sadiebluthebandwagon.