Sister Suzie Thu 1st Jan
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It?s been said that when you hear Suzie sing it?s hard to believe she?s a Geordie lass from Alnwick, Northumberland. This little lady with the big voice also possesses a special freshness and energy in her sparkling live performance. She?s mesmerising. Her influences range from Willie Mae Thornton to Little Walter, through Ruth Brown, Jimmy Reed, Robert Johnson, Big Maybelle, Sonny Boy Williamson to Memphis Minnie and Leadbelly. At an early age Suzie took a chance on ?running? to America, and spent some time in Memphis, Nashville, Clarksdale and New Orleans, the trip cementing and rounding out her burgeoning love for the blues in all its forms. In New Orleans Suzie found her spiritual home and found herself singing there, even ending up working with the house band at Café Negril. After settling back in England, currently residing down in Hastings, she returned to the South last year for the Jazzfest in New Orleans, where she finally got to see and hear her true heroine, Irma Thomas. Sister Suzie now has her own band at long last which features guitar stalwart Matt Jackson, rhythm section compatriots Brian Nevill and Darren Eddie Edwards, and fleshed out by twin-threat Mick Paice on sax and blues harp. The days when her amazing voice and talent were a well-kept secret are over.