She walked on the stage with a beautiful glittery skirt and heels - something I dont ever remember seeing a blues woman wearing with quite as much style and femininity. Her guitar almost looked too big for her and then she opened her mouth and blew me away. She has a big, incredible voice that is a mix of great blues women, Bonnie Raitt with some Janis Joplin thrown in and the earthiness of Mary Chapin Carpenter. She has a unique style and a presence that takes over the hall in a friendly, un-arrogant way.
Her band mates support and keep up to her style and ability. The two most animated are the keyboard player and the drummer. Susan appreciates and enjoys as both the keyboard/organ and sax play their stand-out solos. The bass player is not to be forgotten as he and Susan play together. Their best was The Feeling that Music Brings which she co-composed with her husband. If you werent caught up by now (the 4th song) this song would surely have swept you into her spell.
She has a relationship with the Blind Boys of Alabama, sneaking on stage to enjoy their set and eventually joining them on stage at the end of their encore. I have to admit feeling chills up my spine when three of the Boys came on at the end of Susans set to sing with her. Greater powers were present.
I always wanted to be able to sing like Ella Fitzgerald. Now I want to be able to sing with the feeling, the power and the grace that Susan seems to project with ease. Ill be waiting for her headline tour.