Led by powerhouse vocals from singer-songwriter Sue, the Sue Menhart Band fuses traditional southern rock and old-time blues with new millennium pop to create a unique live sound.
Sue's songwriting style hints of Lucinda Williams – dark, simple and true, but yet her live show has the passion and energy of Bruce Springsteen as she hurls around her Sunburst Fender Strat. It's a unique combination that throws people off a bit, until they find themselves screaming right along with her.
Comfortable in a concert hall like Toad's Place, New Haven or in a quiet acoustic corner at a local Borders, Sue has been entertaining crowds all over New England, in all kinds of bands, for years.
In late 2007, Sue's dissatisfaction with her day job as a computer analyst in the corporate world, coupled with the breakup of yet another cover band, prompted her to sit down and simply, write. She recruited some musicians from work and her neighborhood to play on the album, they practiced in her basement, and recorded the songs in a barn attached to an old New England farmhouse in Griswold, CT.
The debut album "Torn," expresses everyday emotions about decisions people make at crossroads in their lives. The album has received airplay on WCNI New London at Connecticut College, WPLR in New Haven and WATD in Weymouth, MA.
Sue's voice reminds listeners of Susan Tedeschi and Bonnie Raitt, but yet according to IndieMusic.com, is "a totally original and distinctive voice."
"Torn" is available at CD Baby, iTunes, Rhapsody, eMusic, AmazonMP3, Napster, Shockhound, and local Connecticut music stores.
Sue's next batch of songs will include a blue collar girl's transformation into a gypsy every night for her man; an upbeat welcome home song for our U.S. fighting men and women; and songs depicting acceptance of the decisions made in the album "Torn."
Accolades: Top 6 nominee Original Rock Band Hartford, CT Grand Band Slam 2008. Sue is featured Artist of the Month at CTLiveMusic.com for October 2008.
Studio and Touring Band:
Kevin Clark – Drums
Kevin's style is dynamic and powerful while he draws on experiences from marching band drumlines, and country, pop, disco, rock, jazz and blues bands. His #1 influence is Mighty Max Weinberg.
Dave Foret – Bass
Citing Geddy Lee as his #1 influence, Dave is rock-hard steady on the bass, and keeps the live show moving.
John Jeff – Guitar
Jeff Beck, Pat Methany, Carlos Santana, and Jimi Hendrix top this British boy's influence list. He's self-taught and has a passion for composing rock/jazz instrumentals.
Bill Quinn – Keys
A multi-talented musician and songwriter, Bill has been playing piano, guitar and bass since age 12. He has recorded his own originals and performed live gigs and recording sessions with many great artists from coast to coast.