Sue Menhart Band

Sue Menhart Band

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Sue is a singer-songwriter with a million-man band, including full horn section. Blues, Soul, R&B, Rock, & Funk.

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Biography

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sue Menhart was born in St. Louis, Missouri but now calls Connecticut her home. A charismatic live performer, she stages 70 shows a year throughout Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York.

The band recently opened for Jim Weider's Project Percolator Tour and James Montgomery.

Horn players are former members of, or have toured with - Roomful of Blues, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Etta James, Johnny and the East Coast Rockers, Mystic Horns, and Hope Road.

Sue independently released the album “Torn” in 2008, the EP “Gypsy Soul” in 2009, and the solo R&B EP "Forever" with producer and guitar player Ron Zabrocki in June 2011. The band also appears on the Good Sponge Records compilation CDs volumes I and II. Sue has drawn comparisons to Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, Janis Joplin, Lucinda Williams, Diana Krall and Adele.

Recent Press:

One key element that I picked up on while listening to this 4-song set was Menhart’s powerful vocals. Menhart sings in a very gruff-style manner that gives her vocal performance a rough/rugged edge. With all that harshness backed behind her pipes, she also digs deep and finds her soulful spirit. The connection between Sue’s rocker side and emotive side has significant relevance here." - Skope Magazine

"All-original, get-off-your-barstool-and-boogie blues-and-soul from one of Connecticut ’s finest female vocalists and her amazing 'million man' band." - New Haven Register

"Today, she has a worldwide fan base and a curriculum vitae that includes two solid albums of her own material, live television and radio appearances and clubs that ask her to come back and play repeatedly." - Indie-Music.com

"One of New England 's finest practitioner's of blues-rock." - The Day

“Menhart has an increasingly high profile, with a reputation for impassioned tunes and a cyclonic voice that summon echoes of Susan Tedeschi, Janis Joplin and Lucinda Williams.” - The Day

"Torn, her debut, is a collection of big-throated blues-rock songs with shades of the Fabulous Thunderbirds.” – Hartford Courant

"Sue Menhart Band nominated in People's Choice category for Best Blues Band in 4th Annual New London Whalie Awards" - Wailingcity.com

Sue Menhart nominated for five 2012 New London Whalie Awards including Record of the Year (Forever), Best Blues Song (18 Again), Best Solo Singer-Songwriter Song (You Can't Tame Me), Best Americana Album of the Year (Good Sponge CD Sampler), and Best Blues / Country Rock Band - Wailingcity.com

Lyrics

Torn

Written By: Sue Menhart

I was baptized by adversity
Sanitized by charity
The tablet of my life thrust down on me
Garden of mercy, mercy

I’m in a shroud of doubt about what to do
I still believe in me and you
There’s an angel on my shoulder that told me to
Find somethin’ new, somethin’ new

I’m torn, torn, torn, torn
Between the life I lead
And the life I need
The life I want
And the life I got
Torn, torn, torn, torn
In two baby how about you
In two baby how about you

Reckless and restless I surely am
Rules and regulations all be damned
You can’t tame me I ain’t no sacrificial lamb
This is a sham, a sham

I’m torn, torn, torn, torn
Between what I gotta do
And what I wanna do
What I feel inside
And what I try to hide
Torn, torn, torn, torn
In two baby how about you
In two baby how about you

Chasing a white stretch limo
Down the highway tonight
Miracles are everywhere
What am I missing
Follow the light

I’m in fear for my mortality
Intrigued by your generosity
Slightly amused by your intensity
Connect with me, with me

I’m torn, torn, torn, torn
Between what the good book say
And how I feel today
What I feel inside
And what I try to hide
Torn, torn, torn, torn
In two baby how about you
In two baby how about you

Coming Home

Written By: Sue Menhart

Verse 1

I am a soldier
For the United States
I done my duty
I done it hard and I done it well
I made a promise
I’m getting’ ready to fulfill
I’m packin’ up
And everyone can tell

Bridge 1

I wanna party
Like this town has never seen
So hang up the flags
Hammer in those signs
Take those ribbons down for me

Chorus

I’m comin’ home

Verse 2

I wanna kiss
My American ground
I wanna kiss you too
I want the biggest hug you got
I seen a lotta things
I need to forget
I get the feelin’
You missed me a lot

Bridge 2

So order up them platters
Get lots of ice ice ice cold beer
Organize a parade
Strike up the band
Let me wipe away your tears

Chorus

I’m comin’ home

SOLO

Bridge 3

I wanna see your face
Right in front of me
I wanna touch your skin
Get back to where we’ve been
The way it’s supposed to be

Chorus

I’m comin’ home

Why You Love Me

Written By: Sue Menhart

Verse 1

It’s a mystery to me
Why you love me
It’s a mystery to me
Why you care
The world’s got a whole lotta saints
You won’t find one here anywhere

Verse 2

It’s a mystery to me
Why you love me
It’s a mystery to me
Why you don’t leave
I know you got a good head on your shoulders
Are you just being naive

Bridge

You take me as I am
Though you might have other plans
Help me understand
Why you wanna be my man
It’s a mystery to me
Why you love me

Solo / Bridge

The Choice

Written By: Sue Menhart

Verse 1

All these years
I doubted myself
All these years
You wondered when I’d go
I’m a picky kinda girl
But now I just know

Chorus

That I chose you well
I chose you well
You make me laugh
You make me cry
You know that I’ll be by your side
I chose you well

Verse 2

There are days
I think about getting out
There are nights
You’re thinking you should go
We’re a wacky couple you and I
But now I just know

Chorus

That I chose you well
I chose you well
You make me laugh
You make me cry
You know that I’ll be by your side
I chose you well

Bridge

I’m no longer gonna second-guess myself
I’m no longer gonna doubt this choice
And if you don’t believe me
If you still doubt me
Then listen, listen to my voice

Chorus

I chose you well
I chose you well
You make me laugh
You make me cry
You know that I’ll be by your side
Cuz I chose you well

Somebody Better Than Me

Written By: Sue Menhart

Somebody better than me
Is gonna love you
Somebody better than me
Is gonna love you
Somebody better than me
Is gonna love you
Better than me

I did my best to keep you happy
I did my best to keep you around
But my best wasn’t good enough
To keep you around

Somebody better than me
Will treat you better
Somebody better than me
Will fit you to the letter
Somebody better than me
Is gonna love you better than me

Somebody better than me
Is gonna love you
Somebody better than me
Is gonna love you
Somebody better than me
Is gonna love you
Better than
Me

Discography

Good Sponge Records Compilation CD, "Vol II", 2013
Good Sponge Records Compilation CD, "Vol. I", 2012
EP "Forever", 2011, Good Sponge Records
EP "Gypsy Soul", 2009, Independent
LP "Torn", 2008, Independent