a zesty brew of raucous rooted music - for your gutsy soul
Check out Sue's brand new memoir about the music biz:
Do you have a dream? A life-long goal? Struggling to do what you were put on this earth to do? Have you given up? Is it just too hard? Too many distractions?
Well herein lies a cautionary tale – sort of like what NOT to do – in pursuit of your dream.
Read it and laugh. And maybe learn. But mostly, laugh.
Kind of BIG NEWS - Sue voted Best Local Musician in The Day paper's 2018 Readers' Choice Awards. Thanks all for voting!
What people are saying about "Love Ain't Hard":
“Utilizing a timeless sound centered around Menhart's stormy voice and instantly-fetching, groove-basted songs, 'Love Ain't Hard' is an eight-song blast that should resonate with multiple generations of blues-rock fans.”
— The Day
“The strengths of "Moving On" rest on Menhart's compelling, powerfully familiar vocals. She's got a Reba vibe mixed with a dash of Stevie Nicks, endearing and lovely. And the song's sax delivery - a virtuoso performance. ”
“Sue's vocals are amazing and full of soul... The highlight of the album is the emotion-filled delivery of Can't Feel The Rain. ”
“packed with instantly memorable, passionately-played and performed rock, pop and blues songs”
— The Day
“Menhart and her cohorts bring a titanic level of musicianship, songwriting and downright passion that will keep you craving this, and more, for a very long time.”
“Love Ain’t Hard is a solid, cantankerous, rocking good time, with a kind of earthy realism mixed in on the moodier numbers.”
Love Ain’t Hard is the Sue Menhart Band’s second full-length album. It’s a collection of roots rock, blues, jazz, soul and pop tunes plus a fun, fun, fun tribute to Brian Wilson. Because who doesn’t love Brian Wilson. Cover photo by Chris Getman, design by Dave Foret. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Dennis Walley, Stone Wall Studios, North Stonington, CT. Produced by Sue Menhart.
Sue Menhart – vocals, acoustic and electric guitars
Kevin Clark – drums
Dave Foret – bass
Don Bergeron – lead electric guitars
Don Packer – sax
Tommy Mahfoo – sax (track 5)
Dan Spano – keys
All of You 4:04 (Sue Menhart)
Here You Are 3:31 (Sue Menhart)
Moving On 4:34 (Sue Menhart, Kevin Clark, Dave Foret, Don Bergeron)
Love Ain’t Hard 5:24 (Sue Menhart)
Can’t Feel The Rain 4:00 (Sue Menhart)
Bet You’ll Be Back 4:15 (Sue Menhart)
Party on the Beach (The Brian Wilson Song) 4:43 (Sue Menhart, Kevin Clark, Dave Foret, Don Bergeron)
Tell Me 5:25 (Sue Menhart)
The album opens with the sizzling “All of You” and eases into the Etta James inspired “Here You Are,” an uplifting love at first sight song. “Moving On” is a tune the band wrote together in tribute to their daughters. The title track is a call to action to remember those who are suffering but who often go unnoticed - the lonely, the military veterans, the addicted, the unemployed, the elderly, the suicidal and the downhearted. “Can’t Feel The Rain” was released as a single in 2015 on the Good Sponge Records label and won a New London Whalie Award for Best Roots Rock Performance. The jazzy “Bet You’ll Be Back" is heavy on the Major Sevenths and you’ll get a chuckle out of all the Brian Wilson lyric references as the band collaborates again with “Party on the Beach.” The bluesy “Tell Me” finalizes the album, with a nice, long fadeout…..