Pittsburgh native Melinda Colaizzi picked up an electric guitar at age 13 and immersed herself in the music of Etta James, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones. She soon was playing local bars and and taverns before earning a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston. There she formed an all-girl rock band called Mass Ave, but always wanted to make it as a solo artist.
Melinda gave a taste of what would come with 2010 EP “Don’t Be Sweet” and looks to elbow her way into the mainstream with full-length debut “Witness.” Armed with a powerful, bluesy voice and legit guitar chops, Melinda delivers a stellar eight-track slab featuring six originals and covers of The Black Crowes (“Seeing Things”) and The Rolling Stones (“No Expectations”).
Among the originals, “Time Runnin’ Dry,” the title track and “Leave Your Key” are the standouts, though you won’t find a bad song in the bunch. Keep an eye on this talented Pittsburgher. (Jeffrey Sisk)