Album Spotlight; As a singer, Sagal is no square peg

KATEY SAGAL, who plays Peg Bundy on Fox TV’s “Married … With Children,” is four months pregnant but forging ahead with plans to promote “Well…”, her debut album for Virgin Records, which hit stores April 12.

Her efforts include a series of Monday night showcases at the Troubadour.

“The doctor will always tell you to take it easy,” Sagal said. “I had a bad experience with all this before; I guess everyone knows about that (a previous miscarriage). But there was no indication that that was from overdoing anything.”

Sagal takes frequent breaks during her live performances. “I feel really good , the baby’s doing really well. I’m always checking it. I was talking to Bonnie Bramlett (formerly of singing duo Delaney and Bonnie) and she sang through all her pregnancies, and all her kids are so musical. So it’s a good thing.”

The new album is not a vanity project by a dilettante celebrity. Sagal spent four years as a member of Bette Midler’s backup revue, the Harlettes, and has performed and recorded with Bob Dylan, Etta James and Tanya Tucker.

“A lot of people around L.A. know my background, but most don’t know it all,” Sagal concedes. “When I first started acting, I took a break from music to figure out what I was doing. Then I started doing some club gigs again and picking up the pieces of my songwriting.”

Although Sagal doesn’t allude to her TV show during her stage performance, she says she’s “not ashamed at all of what I do on television. To me, they’re such separate things.” “I remember playing some club gigs and some people would come because of my TV persona, and I didn’t want to deal with that. I hate to call it a pitfall, because to me you should be able to do as many things as you can, but in some people’s minds, it’s a stretch.”

Sagal presents a pop-soul revue with her eight-piece backup band, reflecting the influence of Al Green and the Spinners as well as such blue-eyed soul queens as Dusty Springfield and Laura Nyro. Sagal wrote or co-wrote nine of the album’s tracks.

Would Peg Bundy dig what Katey Sagal is trying to do on this record?

“I’m not sure,” Sagal says. “I think Peg would buy a ZZ Top record, maybe some early Allman Brothers. I’m not sure she’d buy this one.”

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