Donna Tritico – Interview – Thanks for Asking
Written by Staff on February 6, 2024
Donna Tritico – Interview – Thanks for Asking – by Liam Sweeny.
We reach out to Donna Tritico from the Donna Tritico band to chat about the goings of the day. Come join us!
RRX: Every comic book hero has an origin story. What is your origin story? (points if you tell it like a comic book origin.)
I had been in a few bands, where my role was primarily backup vocalist. My husband Mark was the one who encouraged me to front my own band.
RRX: Every artist’s first song is a milestone. But so is the latest song. Describe the first song/album you recorded, and also the latest song/album you recorded; what are the differences?
My first taste of session work was on a hard rock track for a band that Ralph Renna put together. I just finished a bluegrass album with guitar virtuoso Jeff Gonzales. My output has been quite varied.
RRX: Like songs, every artist has a unique feeling about their first show. What was your first show like? Was it your best show? If not, what was your best show like?
Well Liam, if you mean the first Donna Tritico Band show, it was held at a church, for Schenectady Inner City Ministry.
RRX: It’s hard to single out any one gig, but if pressed, opening for Philadelphia Freedom, an Elton John Tribute Band, at Frog Alley, was one of our best experiences overall.
RRX: Music genres are difficult for some artists. Some strictly adhere; others not so much. What is your perspective on the genre you play, or the genres you hover around?
People who have never heard me often assume I will perform only blues or soul based on my appearance. My taste in music runs the gamut from classic rock, blues, grunge, soul, new wave, punk, industrial, Middle Eastern, etc.
RRX: It’s a lot of fun living in the present, but we all collect memories and give birth to dreams. We’re talking dreams here. Where you see yourself next year? In the next five years?
Our goal is to make each year better than the last. As far as long-term plans are concerned, we would love to complete an album of our own originals.
RRX: We all get a little support from those around us. And we also can be impressed by our fellow performers. Who do you admire in your community, and why?
We’ve opened for Tommy V Live on three occasions so far. They stellar musician who put on an amazing show.