Sweet Suzi & The Blues Experience

Sweet Suzi & The Blues Experience

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"Sweet Suzi's new CD is the real deal! The girl has soul like Etta James, Janis Joplin and Koko Taylor and her live set shows it all! You go girl!" ~Bernard Allison

Biography

About Sweet Suzi…..
Witnessing Sweet Suzi live is not just a performance, it's an experience. This powerhouse singer keeps her audience riveted with her unprecedented vocals and captivating stage presence. She brings her audience through an emotional journey from blues to funk. Suzi and her band, the Blues Experience, have been "wowing" fans since 2004 and have enjoyed performing at many music festivals throughout the New York area. Additionally they had been selected to represent Long Island at the 2006 & 2007 International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, TN where they performed on the famous Beale street. The band has just completed their second CD "UnBroken" were they were fortunate to work with the highly acclaimed producer / horn arranger Chris "Chrispy Chicken" Layborne. The CD, released in October, 2007, represented the Western Pennsylvania Blues Society in the 2008 IBC best self produced CD category. The CD is already receiving air play in radio stations from as far away as Australia, Finland, Washington state, Louisiana and New York to name a few.

Sweet Suzi feels that she is not only blessed with the gift to sing and perform, but she is equally as blessed to have a band of top quality musicians. The Blues Experience (John Anderson – Guitar, Tim Glum – Bass, Tom Foschino – Drums) all have impressive resumes on their own and each bring their styles together to make a solid foundation for Suzi's fire and grace.

Quotes….
"Sweet Suzi's new CD is the real deal! The girl has soul like Etta James, Janis Joplin and Koko Taylor and her live set shows it all! You go girl!" ~Bernard Allison

"Sweet Suzi sprinkles the blues world with goosebumps. When I first heard Suzi sing I knew she had that extra magic that all singers just dont have. It's not an every day thing. Those of us born with that magic are also born with a mission. . . it's not a free gift. So, spready your wings, Suzi, and God will do the rest. You are blessed! ~Sam "Bluzman" Taylor

"Sweet Suzi is an incredibly soulful vocalist. She worled on my recent recording and has performed with my band. I've witnessed the tremendous talent she possesses. The blues world better get ready! ~Albert Castiglia

“You are blessed with a very powerful voice that stays musical whatever the volume….. I can't say enough about your band. Your rhythm section is like a human heart and lungs. They are the best I've heard in a long time.” - Joe Grandwilliams - Goodtimes Magazine

“Big Mama Thornton, Alberta Hunter, Etta James and Koko Taylor are just some of the brilliant blues woman who have thrilled the souls of men and woman all over the place. I am pleased to tell you that on Long Island, we have a woman who can step right into those incredible footsteps...Sweet Suzi and the Blues Experience” - Dr. Blues, Long Island Blues Society & Vice Chairman of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame

"With the combination of their hard driving rhythm section and Sweet Suzi's powerful dynamic vocals, this band is destined to become a new driving force in the blues genre" - Richard G. L'Hommedieu, Jr. - Chairman Long Island Music Hall of Fame

REVIEW OF "UNBROKEN"

"Suzi’s short maternity break has left her hyperkinetic, supercharged and raring to go. Chrispy Chicken has produced and horned with big muscular lines and driving speed. The band is a steamroller of rhythmic mayhem and melodic manpower. The material is fresh and new yet there are enough old Suzi favs that the disk is like an old friend. The songs are rich, high calorie phat busters with the aforementioned horns, Chrispy’s keys and John Anderson’s tearing ass guitar. From the opening note, rhythm a la Foschino and Pelligrino are Schwartzenegger tough and they make it clear that they’re back! “Does Your Wife Know?” shows the real Suzi, driving her band like a naughty stepchild. “Unbroken” is lowdown blue with hints of desperation. A cover of Roger Troy’s “Shadows” is funky and hot, only to plunge to the depths on Sam Taylor’s “Mama.” “Your Mama’s Talkin’” rocks with Memphis intensity. I like Suzi’s version better that Shemekia’s. “I’d Rather Go Blind” shows madame’s deepest soul. Her gift is rare and precious and few can express emotion this purely and intensely. Just listen to her heart tearing take on Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child.” The disk ends with 2 houserockers. Denise LaSalle’s Slippin’ Out, Slippin’ In” is raw, unpolished power and “The Weight” comes out as funk raver. Unbroken has the heat, the power, the thrust and the blues. Let’s see how this baby pulls the strings on the streets." – Mark "Doc Blues" Gresser - President, Long Island Blues Society

web links:
Sweet Suzi and the Blues Experience official website

Lyrics

Unbroken

Written By: Lyrics by Suzanne Foschino, Music by Chris Laybourne

You know the feel of my will when it breaks
When I feel alone in a crowded place
You come on strong till I feel ashamed
And alone
I know the reasons for the things you do
You keep me scared to death and expecting doom
And cold in the middle of a fiery cage
Till I’m broken

Oh, don’t you know what you’re doing’s wrong?
I’m a prisoner here and I don’t belong
Cracked like a fault through the middle of my soul
I scream, “Oh Lord, Oh Lord!”
I kneel at the river and I start to pray
But I can never see the bridge that will lead the way
It’s all your fault I feel this way
I’m broken again.

Bridge:
I’m broken again for the very last time
Not one more broken day’s gonna pass me by
You’ve broken my spirit
And I’m broken inside
You’ve broken my strength
But you won’t break my
Pride

I kneel at the river and again I pray
And now I see the light that will show me the way
I see me and I see my life again
I kneel at the river and again I pray
And now I see the light that will show me the way
I see me and I see my life again

I won’t be broken again

Does Your Wife Know? (How Much You Love Me)

Written By: Lyrics-Suzanne Foschino, Suzi Smith; Music-Suzanne Foschino, Suzi Smith, John Whelan

Can’t stay away from you baby
Never thought I’d be the cheatin’ kind
I toss and turn, I can’t sleep at night
Cause I can’t get you off my mind
When I'm away from you baby
It's a cold, heart rippin' hell.
What we got is so damn good
You’re the pearl inside my shell

(Chorus)
Does your wife know
How much you love me?
Does your wife know
How much we share?
Does your wife know
How much you love me?
Darlin’ if she knew
honey would you care?

Baby, I ain't no angel
And it rips me to the bone
What I'm askin you, you could ask me too.
‘Cause darlin’ I’m not alone.
When I get home late at night,
I can’t look him in the eye
If he asks me where I been
I’m gonna have to lie

(Chorus)
Does my man know
How much I love you?
Does my man know
How much we share?
Does my man know
How much I love you?
Darlin’ if he knew
Honey would I care?

(Bridge)

And so we go on
Oh, and so we go on
As if nothing is happening
As if nothing is wrong
And it hurts me so bad
‘Cause I know the score
She don’t know about me
And I know you love me more.
Oh, I know you love me more…

Does your wife know
How much you love me?
Does my man know
How much we share?
Does your wife know
How much you love me?
Does your wife know
How much we share?
Does your wife know?
Does my man know?
Does your wife know?
How much, how much, how much we share.
Does your wife know?
Does my man know?
Darlin’ if they knew
Honey would we care?
Darlin’ would we care?

Famous Last Words...If Only

Written By: Suzanne Foschino

If only once I could’ve told you that you were right (‘cause you know you were)
Oh if only once I’d have praised you, maybe you’d still be here with me tonight
If only once I could have taken my cold, sharp, stake out of the ground
And if only once I could’ve stopped looking for reasons to fight and put you down

If only I could have learned from my own damn mistakes
If only I could see how I made your tender heart break
If only I could have stopped myself from going too far that day
If only I could have stopped you from gettin’ in your car and drivin’ away

Chorus:

You left this world when you were mad at me.
You’re eyes so blurred with tears that you could hardly see
You left this world ‘cause I chased you out of your home
If only…oh, if only…goddamn, if only.

Oh, you got the final last word and my heart bleeds for you every day
I roam this world without you for all the rest of my days
You left this world and now from hurt, you’re free
While I’m stuck here knowin’ that the blame will always be on me

Now I spend my time leaving you the flowers I never gave you when you were mine
I spend my time in this cement garden sittin’ on a bench and constantly cryin’
I spend my time wishing I could take back the things I said
If I had, you might still be alive instead of….oh, just instead….

Chorus:

You left this world when you were mad at me
Now my eyes forever blurred with tears, I will never see
You left with world ‘cause I chased you out of your home
If only I had done something right, you wouldn’t have left me all alone…and all alone forever…if only…oh goddamn, if only…

If only…
If only…
Famous last words…
If only…
Never go to bed angry…never say things that you may never be able to take back…
If only…
If only…
Goddamn, if only…

The Pole

Written By: Suzanne Foschino

He promised us he’d never leave us
I guess those were just words he’d say
‘Cause now I find myself a single mom
Just struggling to find my way

Some moms work from nine till five
Some moms just don’t work at all
But, I’m both mom and dad to my little girl
It’s hard, but I do it all

My little girl is so innocent
Her daddy left us when she was just two
He took the money but he left all the bills
What was I supposed to do?

LONG BUILDING CHORUS:

At night I dance on this stage
For men who don’t know
That I’ve got a heart
Yeah, and I’ve got a soul

To them I’m just a thing
To them I’m just a body
But what they don’t see
Is that I’m somebody’s mommy

Oh, I dance on this stage
‘Cause I’ve got a little mouth to feed
So she can have all she wants
And all she’ll ever need

Oh, I work so damn hard
For a dollar at a time
So my girl will never have to
Walk in these footsteps of mine

(guitar or steel guitar or violin solo here to build up to the bridge)

BRIDGE:
Oh, my mamma still secretly cries
And my daddy won’t look me in the eyes
Dancing to me is just work
And on Sundays I still go to church
I pray and I pray
To find me some help
But still all alone
Is where I find myself

Oh, my faith is wearing thin.
How do I fix this mess I’m in?

I do what I do
So my little girl will never know
Just how I feel
When I dance on this pole

(bridge ends here and final phrase is sung softly over slower, closing music)

Oh he promised us he’d never leave us
But, I guess those were just words that he’d say
Because I’m still here and I’m still a single mom
And I’m just struggling to find my way
Yeah, I’m just struggling to get us from day to day

My Little Guy

Written By: Suzanne Foschino

I witnessed my first miracle that day
When I brought my son into this world in the traditional way
Those little hands, those little eyes, little nose and little feet
When I looked into that little face
I swear my heart skipped a beat
And when I held him the first time I just said

CHORUS:
Nice to meet you, little guy
Yeah, you’re my little guy
Grab the world with both hands open
Live the best life that you can live
Laugh real hard when you feel like laughing
Give as much love as you can give
Try to always take the high road
Avoid the low road at any cost
And fight with all your strength and might
Even if you feel the battle’s lost
Find the strength you need to live within your soul
And, I’ll always be here for you little guy
I love you, little guy

My little guy was just learning how to walk
When his dad was called to serve this land and fight in a far away war
His daddy said, ‘be brave little soldier and I’ll be home when I can”
And the last thing I remember
Were his shaking little hands
And all his dad could think to say to him was this

CHORUS:
There, there, little guy
Be strong, little guy
Hold your mom with both arms tightly
Take care of her while I’m away
When you think she might not need a hug
Give her one anyway
Try to always choose the high road
Avoid the low road at any cost
And fight with all your strength and might
Even if you feel the battle’s lost
Find the strength you need to live within your soul
Be strong little guy
I’ll always love you, little guy

His daddy never did come home from overseas
When we heard the news he would not return, from then on it was little guy and me
He grew up to be a fine young man, the pillar of his mamma’s strength
Today was my little guy’s wedding day
When we danced, I kissed him on the cheek and said
Those fateful words I’ve said so many times before

CHORUS:
I’m proud of you, little guy
You’re all grown up, little guy
Hold your bride with both arms tightly
And take care of her from this day on
I know your dad was watching over you
I saw his smile when a ray of sun broke through
He’d say I’m proud of you for taking that high road
And avoiding that low road at any cost
Fight for her with all your strength and might
And your battle will never be lost
Look for the strength you need to be happy within her soul
Be happy, little guy
Live your life, little guy

Well, my little guy witnessed his first miracle today
When he saw the birth of his first son brought to this world in the usual way
I thought a mother’s love was the strongest, but my views changed that morn
It was the first time I became grandma when my first grandchild was born
I watched my son hold his brand new son for the very first time
And he said those same words his dad and I said to him

CHORUS:
Nice to meet you little guy
Yeah, you’re my little guy
Go grab this world with both hands open
Live the best life that you can live
Laugh real hard when you feel like laughing
And give as much love as you can give
Try to always take the high road
Avoid the low road at any cost
And fight with all your strength and might
Even if you feel the battle’s lost
Find the strength you need to live within your soul
I’ll always be here for you little guy
I love you so much, little guy
Meet your grandma, little guy

You Don't Even Call Me By My Name

Written By: Suzanne Foschino

Oh…I left a note, and I left my ring.
And I put my suitcase by the door.
I packed up all my things
And I cleaned out all my drawers

I left my keys, go give ‘em to your other man
Now, he can come and go just as he please
I’ve given this all I can
I’ve got to leave here to be free.

‘Cause you don’t even call me…by my name
I’ve become just some thing hangin’ ‘round your home
We once shared a life, we once shared a love.
But for years, I’ve felt all alone.

Seems we’ve stayed together, just to stay together.
I don’t even think you still like me much
We never talk anymore, and you know we never laugh
I can’t remember the last time we touched.

All these tired, tired, lonesome years
Well you know, we really should have been apart
We stayed for the kids while we lived in silent tears
And, we were all alone inside our hearts

Oh you just never call me…by my name
I’m just a nameless face living in my own home
I’ve become “hey you” and “what’s his name”
Where, where, where did it all go wrong?

Bridge:
Oh, oh, oh, oh, you know just how I feel
This pain we share is real
And it rips a hole inside my already broken heart
This emptiness inside
Is much stronger than my pride
I know it’s hard, but I know it’s time we make a new start

Our kids are all grown, they just don’t need us anymore
They’ve all got families of their own
It’s time to admit it, our love is gone
And we both need to try to move on

Because, you – just – never - call me…by my name…
And, I still got so much love to give
The moment I walk out that door tonight
Well, that’s the moment I’ll begin to live…
Yeah, that’s the moment I’ll begin to live…
And, I just can’t wait to start to live…
again.

Discography

2007 release "Unbroken" represented the Blues Society of Western PA in the 2008 IBC's "Best Self Produced CD" Category.
2006 release of "Torn". The single "Does Your Wife Know?" has airplay in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri and more. The single is also featured on two compilation CD's.