Suzette Lawrence and the Neon Angels
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Suzette Lawrence and the Neon Angels


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Town South of Bakersfield III - Restless Records
Tex-O-Billy - self-released



Suzette plays Tex-O-Billy Music: Texas-style honkytonk with a rockabilly flavor. She was born in West Texas but raised in San Antonio where her parents had a bluegrass band and Suzette took up the upright bass to perform across the country at bluegrass festivals with them. Suzette later moved to Austin and started playing guitar and fronting her own band which had rockabilly, honkytonk and bluegrass influences. After moving to Los Angeles she started The Neon Angels which performed regularly at the world-famous Palomino Club and began to tour across the US and Europe. The band has made two live appearances on the BBC Radio in London and also has performed at Shepherd's Bush Empire, Weaver's Arms and Borderline in London, The Continental in Austin, Rodeo Bar in NYC and in Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Scotland and Germany.

Quotes about Suzette Lawrence and the Neon Angels:

London Times: Positively steaming - loud, heavy and coming our way with a hearty recommendation!

Los Angeles Weekly: Hard core country with a rocknroll attitude!

Country Music People UK: Nuthin' could have prepared us for the explosive energy of the Neon Angels. Suzette, driving force and spiritual mentor of the blood and sands variety, belted out "I'm gonna tear up the honkytonk tonight..." like a call to prayer, before the rest of the band sashayed into line behind her. She sings with a pretty Texan lilt but when faced with gritty affirmatives, she drops those vowels like hot potatoes, calling out "You'd better treat me right..." and with a loaded sexy little snarl, "and I'll treat you right too." The music is not for the faint-hearted, but beneath the rocking surface lies clean lyrical creativity and intelligent arrangements. Add to this Suzette, whether powering out numbers from behind her big Gibson acoustic, or bopping around, never giving less than 110% in her efforts to have as good a time as the band are giving and you've all the ingredients for one of the best country gigs you'll ever attend. Bands like this are really too good to miss.

Richmond Times: Suzette belts out songs with the power of a border radio station and the fervor of a hellfire and brimstone preacher...The Neon Angels have taken the classic "Bakersfield sound"and turned it up several notches. The band has put a hard edge on the Telecaster-based sound and cooked up a powerful mixture of vim and grit. The result is an energetic blend that can be described as Bakersfield con brawn, honky tonk music which incorporates the drive of rocknroll while maintaining its country character. The Neon Angels proved that exciting country music is thriving beyond the boundaries circumscribed by mainstream country radio. The band's rousing performance, and the enthusiastic response of its audience, demonstrated that the convolutions and irrepressiveness of the offshoots are much more interesting than the predictability of the mainstream.

Austin American Statesman: The Neon Angels gave a stunning SXSW performance. When the band began blasting their way through He's Breakin' My Heart, they set fire to the packed house in a big way. They energetically combined a rocknroll attitude with country music, jumping and dancing about the stage in a frenzy. The crowd loved it, and responded with matched enthusiasm, demanding an encore. The band answered the call with a cover of Ooh Las Vegas, grunged and distorted in a way Gram Parsons never intended but would have approved.