Music entered Sue’s life in probably the most special way possible. Her entire family, being musically driven, would hold jam sessions. “When relatives would come to town the entire family would congregate in the living room. If you were in the room you were expected to participate even if it was just clapping your hands. It didn’t matter how good you were, it was very inclusive and there was no competition. That’s how we entertained ourselves. It was totally expected for everyone to learn something so my mom asked me when I was 7 what I wanted to play. Like every other little kid I said I want to play the drums, and she said: ‘ok you’re starting piano lessons tomorrow’.”
Sue first heard Boogie Woogie at a local Baptist church. “I walked in and someone was singing “Do Lord” and that’s how they were playing it. I remember saying to myself ‘wow I really like this’. So my piano teacher gave me the music to “Original Boogie Woogie” one of the first songs to be published in the early 1900’s by Pine Top Smith. I played it forever experimenting and fiddling around with it. By the time I was 12 I was consumed with Boogie Woogie and Swing. I’m still discovering different ways to approach the genre even now.”
Although Sue has a solid following in the States she seems to be in greater demand in Europe, especially France. When asked what was the difference in the attitude between American and European audiences she said: “It’s like the attitude in general. In the U.S. people treat musicians, particularly blues musicians, as drug addicted sex maniacs and in Europe they treat you like an artist. Musicians here in America have an innate feeling for blues and swing that very few Europeans have. European musicians tend to do everything on 1 and 3 and our beats are much more Afro centric, on 2 and 4.
Her expectations of her career are a refreshing
change from the norm. She said: “I’m not really driven to be famous, I
just like to make music”. With this outlook it is not surprising
that she had turned out an album that is not only enjoyable it is an experience.
Her first solo release: Boogie Woogie and Motel Swing is an amazing compilation of exceptional original creations and timeless standards. The album’s continuity is well thought out and her performance is nothing short of masterful, it is destined to become a classic.
Article written by: Leslie
Leslie Sallee is a former audio engineer and is currently trying to figure out what to do with the rest of her life.
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