Cinder Bridge

Cinder Bridge

 Tucson, Arizona, USA

At once cathartic and melodic, Cinder Bridge's songs combine addictive hooks and intelligent, insightful lyrics. With a surprisingly rich, piano-driven sound, the band outplays 85 percent of all cappuccino machines.


Anyone who's ever started a band in Tucson, Arizona, will tell you that good drummers are hard to find. If you're hoping to get someone good, experienced, AND capable of remembering to show up to your audition, you may have a wait on your hands. So when Tucson drummer Ron Amistadi began looking for a project in 2003, he should have been drowning in opportunities.

But finding people whose musical sensibilities matched his own was a challenge. Ron loved rock and roll, but didn't care for bands whose main purpose seemed to be destroying the eardrums of every individual within a five-mile radius. He liked pop songs done right, but steered clear of the plastic sounds populating much of today's airwaves. And while he hated tunes that were too formulaic, wandering 20-minute jams usually didn't do it for him either.

One day Ron got a call from a friend who ran a small studio in the area. The friend had just recorded a demo for a keyboardist, Susan Wenger, who was looking to start a band sometime the following year, and he thought the two would be a good match.

On April 14, 2003, Ron and Susan got together for an informal jam session and clicked immediately. Ron loved Susan's lyrics and melodies. Susan discovered that her songs evolved into something far better when Ron's drumming was added to the mix.

"This is a special situation," said Ron, after they played a few songs. "We should start a band."

"I dunno," Susan replied. "I was thinking maybe sometime next year, after, you know, I learn to sing."

A little backstory here. Susan had been playing piano for years, but until recently she couldn't carry a tune in a bucket. She had no motivation to learn how to sing until after she started writing her own songs. With the help of a vocal coach and a lot of practice, Susan had become good enough to perform at an open mic without being openly mocked, but ... let's just say there was still work to be done.

Ron, who had more faith in Susan's potential than Susan did, insisted they should start their project NOW. She had her doubts, but figured that if one of the only good, available drummers in Tucson wanted to work with her that badly, she wouldn't be stupid enough to turn him away.

It was the right decision. Just a few months later, they attracted the attention of a financial backer and went on to record their first album, HIGHWAYS AND HIKING SHOES, at Philadelphia's Big Sky Audio. Reviewers and fans had high praise for the lyrics, the arrangements, the drum and piano work, and -- to Susan's great relief -- the vocals.

Since then, three of the songs from HIGHWAYS AND HIKING SHOES have gotten airplay on local Tucson radio station KXCI. The band was also featured on KOLD morning news segment "Toast and Jam" in the summer of 2006, where they performed three of their songs live.

Cinder Bridge's current endeavors include attracting listeners from outside Arizona and promoting awareness of ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis, more commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome). Their song "Everybody Knows About Me," about someone living with undiagnosed CFIDS, is available for play on the Audio page of this press kit.


Everybody Knows About Me

Written By: Susan Wenger

Here I am again
Sitting by the window
In my small apartment on the second floor
Keep myself occupied
By looking at the traffic
As if I've lost the right to ask for more

My body feels like it's
Moving underwater
As I lift a cup of coffee to my face
I think about the things
I'd like to try and do today
But somewhere in the middle lose my place

Thick fog hazy brown
The two-ton weights that pull me down
They don't exist if no one else can see
Everybody knows about
The failings of the down and out
And everybody knows about me

I had a good job had some good friends had a life I could look forward to
When I woke up each day
And then the fog rolled in
Consumed them one by one
'til there was nothing left for it to take away

Sometimes I count it as a victory when I manage
Just to drag my aching body out of bed
The doctors, mystified
Could not produce an answer
So they told me it was all in my head

'cause if I wanted to
I could shake this yuppie flu
Straighten out and set myself free
Anyone can clearly see
We all choose our own destiny
And everybody knows about me

Does it make it easier for you
To think there must be something I could do
Rise like a phoenix from the ashes of this solitary world

So I remain here
Sitting by the window
Watching all the people with their lives to live
I would give anything
To go outside and join them
But today I don't have anything to give

And still they have no doubt
I'm looking for an easy out
And this is what I wanted secretly
Everyone will have their say
They shake their heads
They walk away
And everybody knows about me
Everybody knows about me
Everybody knows about me


Album: Highways and Hiking Shoes

Airplay: "Dry Ground," "The Line," "Quicksand"

Featured live on KOLD's "Toast and Jam" segment: "Quicksand," "Dry Ground," "The Line," "Everybody Knows About Me"

"Everybody Knows About Me" used in advocacy video:

Set List

Our typical set list spans two or three hours and includes three or four covers.


I've Been Waiting
Escape in You (cowritten with MJ Iggena)
Rainbow Bridges
Left with Silence
Dry Ground
Center of the Universe
The Greater Whole
The Line
Moths in Search of the Moon
Moving On
Rain in the Valley
Not Going to Run
Cheap Drug
Everything Changes
Under Siege
Everybody Knows About Me
Picture Perfect
Rain Dance
When Breaks the Day
Saturday Morning
Half Moon Halo
Goodbye to You
Hold Me in Your Arms
Face in the Rain
Off the Rails
Good Days
Now You See Us
The Dark
Ten Years Later
Best That I Can Do
Good Thoughts Your Way
Where That Leaves Us


Layla (Eric Clapton)
Miss You (Rolling Stones)
Wasted on the Way (Crosby, Stills, and Nash)
Run-around (Blues Traveler)
Fight for Your Right (Beastie Boys)