SUSAN CATTANEO - artist in residency
When we embarked on our first official "Artist in Residency" with Susan Cattaneo we envisioned it was going to be a continuously evolving event with a revolving array of players and special guests and the dynamic singer songwriter always at the core. On the first night of that residency Susan decided to pay tribute to her female heroes in music with an evening dedicated to 'Women Who Rock' featuring music and stories that inspired her from the earliest days as an aspiring musician. Special guest, and lifelong friend and colleague, Scarlet Keys added an inspiring acoustic set and the band Susan assembled for this evening featured the return of long time keyboardist and vocalist Rene Dupuis. Jim Henry stepped in to replace guitar ace Jamie Walker for this performance and traded tasty, twangy leads with the always incomparable Michael Bean on pedal steel and dobro. The dynamic play between Bean and Henry was guitar tone beauty at it's finest and the songs seemed to almost be tailored for the discussion between the two powerhouse guitarists. Joe McMahon stepped in for long time regular Richard Gates on bass to fill out the rhythm section with drummer Andrew Jones. So, in retrospect, we were right. Familiar songs with some new twists and some new songs with the trademark Susan Cattaneo quality and strength from this superb songwriter.
We have several dates over the course of the next few months with Susan Cattaneo and The Big Loud Band on this residency tour and we are looking forward to the twists, turns and special guests that will be bringing this music alive.
This was a stand out night from start to finish. Everything stood out but if there was a moment that brought it all together from the meaning to the message to the joy of watching this band perform it would have been "Work Hard, Love Harder." This song was written about time...how fast it moves and how much of life can pass you by while you're thinking about what to do with it. THIS is what sets Susan Cattaneo apart from so many of her contemporaries. If you can listen to the lyrics of this song and not be motivated to notice the world around you and what's important in it or take life by the horns and do something with it than you're just not paying attention. It's the anthem of 'life is short, enjoy the ride.'
SUSAN CATTANEO BAND
Susan Cattaneo - acoustic guitar, vocals
Jim Henry- electric guitar
Michael Bean - pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar, vocals
Rene Dupuis - keyboards, vocals
Richard Gates - bass
Andrew Jones - drums
Scarlet Keys - keyboards, vocals
The Session Crew
Produced and edited by:
H. Nat Stevens
Dan Busler Photography