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4/22/2018 -  Sue Menhart wins Best Local Musician in The Day paper's 2018 Readers' Choice Awards. - The Day
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1/5/2018 - 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
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12/11/2017 - “Love Ain’t Hard is a solid, cantankerous, rocking good time, with a kind of earthy realism mixed in on the moodier numbers. - Userloseit Songwriting Blog
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12/09/2017 - 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. - Indie Shuffle
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11/30/2017 - "Menhart’s got one of those real, tough, strong, down to Earth yet reaching for the Heavens voices that makes a listener sit up and take notice...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." - Sound Waves Magazine
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11/22/2017 - "Love Ain't Hard...packed with instantly memorable, passionately-played and performed rock, pop and blues songs." - The Day
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11/21/2017 - "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.'" - JP's Music Blog
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11/2/2017 - "Artists gather for 'Pass The Guitar'...The concert benefits the New London Homeless Hospitality Center." - The Day
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4/21/2016 - "Sue Menhart, Don Bergeron play 'Acoustic Magic' in Montville" - The Day
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7/24/2015 - "Long-running, estimably great blues-rock group, anchored by the monster vocals and songwriting prowess of Menhart" - The Day
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6/13/2015 - New London Whalie Award Winner for Best Roots Rock Performance: Sue Menhart Band "Can't Feel The Rain" - The Day
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4/1/2015 - Good Sponge Sampler III Brings Poignant Country Music to South-Eastern CT - Sound Waves Magazine
"Sue Menhart has the finest female vocal performance on the bluesy 'Can't Feel the Rain.' Boy can she hit those high notes, and her tune eventually mellows and eventually tapers off with the sultry sounds of a saxophone."
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3/31/2015 - More Than A Dozen Bands Celebrating Good Sponge With CD Release Party - The Hartford Courant
"Along with the Rivergods, Good Sponge artists John Fries and the Elements; the Sue Menhart Band; Chris Mackay and the Toneshifters; the Ebin-Rose Trio, a Celtic-Americana band from Guilford; North Stonington's Dirt Road Radio; and eight other acts will perform."
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11/05/2014 - Blues Beat - The Middletown Press
"Mohegan Sun and Hall Communications will be hosting a five week contest every Tuesday from November 11th to December 16th (excluding December9th) from 8:00pm-11:00pm. Sixteen local bands and musicians will compete live at the Wolf Den.  Competing at the Wolf Den are The Brandt Taylor Band and The Sue Menhart Band."
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7/25/2014 - Live Lunch Break Flashback - The Sue Menhart Band - The Day
"Do you feel sad because you didn't see 'Live Lunch Break' on Thursday in New London's Hygienic Art Park? We featured the Sue Menhart Band, one of the absolute finest blues-rock bands in the entire region. Fortunately, we archive all of our 'Live Lunch Break' episodes on theday.com, so it's not too late to see it. Here are fun things to see and watch for in the performance and interview.
• The band has been busy recording a new CD called 'Love Ain't Hard,' due by year's end. They performed the entire album to an ecstatic crowd.
• There's a theme running through the new material: the need for awareness of 'the forgotten' among us including the elderly, the lonely, the homeless, and wounded warriors. And, yes, all proceeds of the sales of the album's title track will go to various appropriate charities.
• What an incredible batch of players Sue has: Kevin Clark (drums), Dave Foret (bass), Don Bergeron (guitar), Dan Spano (keys), Matt Nemeth (sax) and Rob Funk (trombone)."



7/24/2014 - "Menhart's powerhouse voice is matched only by her songwriting and riveting stage presence." - The Day


6/27/2014 - Time to Hoot for Hunger - The Day
"A fine array of local musicians are donating their time in an event that benefits the New London Community Meal Center."
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12/02/2013 - People's Pick: Sue Menhart - userloseit songwriters blog
"The inaugural interview is with Sue Menhart, a blues rocker with her own band who has a mellower, introspective acoustic side."
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8/01/2013 - Sue Menhart Band performs for The Day's Live Lunch Break series at the Hygienic Art Park in New London, CT - The Day
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4/26/2013 - Sue Menhart Band nominated in People's Choice category for Best Blues Band in 4th Annual New London Whalie Awards - Wailingcity.com
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3/28/2013 - Good Sponge Sampler Volume 2: CD Review and Release Party Preview - CT.com
"Menhart’s singing is punctuated by a lively brass section"
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3/28/2013 - Good Sponge releases new sampler CD - The Day
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3/26/2013 - 'Good Sponge Sampler' Highlighting Local Music With Friday Show - NewLondonPatch
"Menhart said she thought the compilation was a way of showing that New London’s small size is not a limiting factor in offering avenues for musicians to succeed."
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3/16/2013 - Music notes: Compilation spotlights local Americana acts - Norwich Bulletin
"infectious, New-Orleans-jazz influenced 'Sunrise City Café' (Sue Menhart Band)"
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3/11/2013 - CD Review: Good Sponge Records Releases Good Music On New Sampler - JP's Music Blog
"release begins with the jazzy Sue Menhart Band performing 'Sunrise City Café'"
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3/6/2013 - Announcing the Good Sponge Sampler Vol. II, featuring 18 new tracks from Southeastern CT-affiliated artists- Good Sponge Records
"from the opening New Orleans-fueled blues of the Sue Menhart Band..."
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7/5/2012 - Sue Menhart performs on Live Lunch Break - The Day
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6/4/2012 - Sue Menhart and Nancy Parent perform at the Hoot for Hunger - The Day
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5/18/2012 - Whalie Nominee Feature Interview - Sue Menhart - Wailingcity.com
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5/11/2012 - Sue Menhart Band nominated for five Whalie Awards - Norwich Bulletin
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5/11/2012 - Sue Menhart nominated for five 2012 New London Whalie Awards including Record of the Year (Forever), Best Blues Song (18 Again), Best Solo Singer-Songwriter Song (You Can't Tame Me), Best Americana Album of the Year (Good Sponge CD Sampler), and Best Blues / Country Rock Band - Wailingcity.com
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4/6/2012 - Spotlight on Sue Menhart - Local Band Review
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3/31/2012 - Sponging up local musical talent - The Day
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3/31/2012 - Musicians Jim Weider And Sue Menhart Rock Olde Mistick Village Art Cinema! - Stonington-Mystic Patch
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2/16/2012 - Sue Menhart and Nancy Parent join musical forces - The Day
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2/15/2012 - Musician Sue Menhart shares the awesome love story behind her popular ballad, "The Choice" - The Day, Grace Magazine
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2/13/2012 - CT Rocks! Radio Show Compiles Local-Band CD As Fund-Raiser for WPKN-FM - Hartford Courant
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1/31/2012 - Local bands on Good Sponge Sampler Vol. 1 - Norwich Bulletin
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1/31/2012 - Pry Your Ears Open for the Good Sponge Sampler - The Day
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1/31/2012 - Good Sponge Records Compiles 15 New London-Area Acts on New Sampler - Hartford Courant
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1/12//2012 - Sue Menhart Band to open for international act Jim Weider (The Band) on his Project Percolator Tour - Olde Mystic Flicks
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1/7/2012 - Indie-Music.com picks Sue Menhart Band's EP "Forever" as "Top 25 of 2012." Indie-Music.com's prestigious Top 25 is presented each year in January to honor excellence and achievement in independent music.
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11/23/11 - Live & Local series opens in Mystic - The Day
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10/26/11 - Two folk musicians for the price of one - New Britain Herald
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6/16/2011 - Wizards of Weekend call it a Sue Menhart Weekend! - News/Talk 980AM WXLM
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6/16/2011 - Sue Menhart introduces Forever - The Day
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6/16/2011 - CD Review: Connecticut's Sue Menhart Gives Us "Forever" - JP's Music Blog
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6/14/2011 - Sue Menhart interviewed on 89.5 WPKN Bridgeport Connecticut Rocks w/Bob D'Aprile.  Listen to the archive here.


6/11/2011 - "Forever" review - The subtle nature of the record gives it class - WailingCity.com
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5/23/2011 - CT Singer-Songwriter Sue Menhart to release Forever June 21 - New London Main Street.org
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5/22/2011 - "Forever" review - I hope this is the breakthrough recording for her - she deserves it - Guitars and Life Blog - Kent, England
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5/18/2011 - CT Singer-Songwriter Sue Menhart to release “Forever” June 21 - Good Sponge Records
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4/21/2011 - Sue Menhart Band nominated for a Critics Choice Award in the 2011 Whalie Awards (New London, Connecticut's version of the Grammys). Best Blues/Country Rock Performance for single "One Day in New York." - Wailingcity.com
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4/21/2011 - Red Hot Stove Tops (Sue Menhart, Daphne Lee Martin, Nancy Brossard Parent) nominated for two Critics Choice Awards in the 2011 Whalie Awards (New London, Connecticut's version of the Grammys).  Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Best Contemporary Folk/Bluegrass Performance for single "Jezebel." - Wailingcity.com
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4/4/2011 - Blues Singer Sue Menhart Gives Away New Song, 'Die a Hundred Times' - Hartford Courant
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4/1/2011 - Sue Menhart offering free download of single - Norwich Bulletin
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3/19/2011 – Sue Menhart Band nominated for two People’s Choice 2011 Whalie Awards (New London, Connecticut’s version of the Grammys) - Best Americana Band and Best Video for "The Choice" – Wailingcity.com
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2/19/2011 - Review of "The Long Hundred" compilation CD - The Day
"One of the absolute best tunes on the whole collection is 'One Day in New York' by the Sue Menhart Band. What a clever collision of styles: a breezy travelogue that would be welcome in disparate catalogs ranging from Irma Thomas to Babs Streisand."
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7/8/2010 - Sue Menhart Band plays New London's Sailfest - The Day
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5/30/2010 – “Sue Menhart Band triumphant in the Best Americana Performance category” - The Day
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3/19/2010 – Sue Menhart Band receives four 2010 Whalie Award Nominations (New London, Connecticut's version of the Grammys) for Best Americana Band, Best Americana Performance (Why You Love Me), Song of the Year (Coming Home), and Record of the Year (Gypsy Soul EP) - Wailingcity.com


3/19/2010 - 10 bands from the very fertile New London scene to be on the lookout for in 2010 - New Haven Register
“All-original, get-off-your-barstool-and-boogie blues-and-soul from one of Connecticut’s finest female vocalists and her amazing 'million man' band. These guys get all sorts of recognition, deservedly so, and are in the running to play at the Lilith Fair locally this summer.”
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3/15/2010 - Sue Menhart Band included on Bridgeport's WPKN 89.5 Connecticut Rocks! - Connecticut Women in Music Special. Listen to the archive here.


2/19/2010 - Listen in: A round-up of local music on disc - The Day
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1/28/2010 - Sue is Guest DJ on Sirius10/XM 58 E-Street Radio


1/6/2010 - Colchester's Cafe' On Main Rings in the New Year with Hottest Area Entertainment  - The Day
"There’s so many great performers coming back as well: ... The Sue Menhart Band"
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1/16/2010 - Musician Spotlight Sue Menhart Band - Shoreline Out and About
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1/6/2010 – “Who is Sue Menhart, Recognized as Being One of Indie-Music's Top 25 for 2010” - CrossHarp Chronicles
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1/5/2010 – “Indie-Music Names Sue Menhart Band (Blues Rock) One of Best 25 Indie Bands.” - CrossHarp Chronicles
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1/4/2010 - Indie-Music.com picks Sue Menhart Band song "Why You Love Me" as "Top 25 of 2010."  Indie-Music.com's prestigious Top 25 is presented each year in January to honor excellence and achievement in independent music.
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12/29/2009 - Sue performs acoustic shows in South Carolina and Georgia


12/20/2009 - Sue's live acoustic performance of "Torn" appears on Sinners Circle Year One CD


10/01/2009 - Sue joins "Sinners Circle" - songwriters in the round - in New London, Conn. - The Day
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9/10/2009 - "Montville’s Sue Menhart gets discovered” – Montville Times
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8/25/2009 - Sue is interviewed and performs live on Hartford's WCCC 106.9 The Rock "Sebastian in the Morning"


8/09/2009 - Sue Menhart Band "Choice Cut" and "In-Depth Interview" August '09 - Indie-Music.com
"Today, she has a worldwide fan base and a curriculum vitae that includes two solid albums of her own material, live television and radio appearances and clubs that ask her to come back and play repeatedly."
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7/15/2009 - SMB nominated as BEST BLUES BAND in the Hartford Advocate Grand Band Slam 2009


6/21/2009 - "One key element that I picked up on while listening to this 4-song set was Menhart’s powerful vocals. Menhart sings in a very gruff-style manner that gives her vocal performance a rough/rugged edge. With all that harshness backed behind her pipes, she also digs deep and finds her soulful spirit. The connection between Sue’s rocker side and emotive side has significant relevance here." - Skope Magazine
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6/19/2009 - SMB to perform on TimeWarner Cable 6 "Poughkeepsie Live" on July 23


6/6/2009 - "Menhart is a wonderful, natural singer, and the band is tight and equally robust." - Indie-Music.com
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5/6/2009 - CD Review "Gypsy Soul" - Guitars and Life blog, Kent, England
“Call me an old soft romantic but this one brings goosebumps on the neck and a lump to the throat, brilliant lyrics and a soulful rendition that can't hide the true feelings. The sort of song a talent show winner would overdo the vibrato and overdo the dynamics where here with Sue's slow vibrato and quieter delivery makes for a much more emotional performance."
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5/1/2009 - SMB is Featured Artist in the May '09 The Venue Newspaper (New England's Premier Arts & Entertainment Newspaper), pg. 8


4/26/2009 - "Gypsy Soul" airs on WPLR New Haven (99 Rock, 99.1) Local Band Show


4/9/2009 - Sue Menhart has the blues - The Day
“Menhart has an increasingly high profile, with a reputation for impassioned tunes and a cyclonic voice that summon echoes of Susan Tedeschi, Janis Joplin and Lucinda Williams.”
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4/1/2009 - "Gypsy Soul - Emotional filled lyrics, a catchy song in Coming Home" – The Venue Newspaper


4/1/2009 - New EP "Gypsy Soul" available on iTunes


3/31/2009 - 3/8/2009 - SMB Voted into Top 50 bands (out of 800) in Fender Road Worn Competition


3/25/2009 - New EP "Gypsy Soul" available on CDBABY


3/14/2009 - SMB Performs live in 90.9 WCNI Radio Studio to debut new EP "Gypsy Soul"


3/5/2009 - SMB Releases new EP "Gypsy Soul"


2/5/2009 - SMB pre-releases song "Coming Home" off Gypsy Soul album on Fender Road Worn Competition Site


1/21/2009 - SMB to perform "Coming Home" live on a float in the New Haven St. Patrick's Day Parade March 15


11/29/2008 - Sue interviewed on 90.9 WCNI New London for Special Holiday Tribute for the Troops. Watch the live interview and performance here.


10/1/2008 - Sue named Artist of the Month at CTLiveMusic.com.  Listen to the live interview here.  Listen to PART 2 (how Sue writes songs) here.


9/1/2008 - Sue Menhart Band Top Six Nominee for Best Original Rock Band Hartford Advocate Grand Band Slam 2008


7/17/2008 - Sue Menhart Band interviewed live in 90.9 WCNI New London studio


7/3/2008 - Sue Menhart Band Ready for the Spotlight - Montville Times
“Sue Menhart always knew she had a song in her – make that an album full of bluesy rock. In May, the Montville resident and her band produced and issued its first CD. 'Torn' is Menhart’s debut collection of blues-rock songs, written and produced in the past seven months.”


6/25/2008 - Sue Menhart Band offers elixir to work-week – Norwich Bulletin
“The formula for the Sue Menhart Band is a mix of folkish singer/songwriter lyrics paired with a rock sound. Think Jackson Browne meets Journey, or Bob Dylan meets Boston."
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6/24/2008 - Sue Menhart Band goes digital - Hartford Courant
“After drawing comparisons to Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin while kicking around in local cover bands, powerhouse Connecticut singer Sue Menhart last year started writing original songs, then recruited a band to record them.”
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6/15/2008 - Sue Menhart Band Featured on New Haven's 99.1 WPLR Local Band Show


6/11/2008 - Sue is Guest DJ on Sirius10/XM 58 E-Street Radio


5/25/2008 - Sue Menhart Band Releases Album "Torn"


5/16/2008 - Sue Interviewed on 104.7 WXLM Lee Elci Show talking about the Norwich Peachtree Apartment Fire Victims benefit