Often referred to as the female Bruce Springsteen, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sue Menhart was born in St. Louis, Missouri but now calls Connecticut her home. Playing guitar since age eight, she joined her first band at age 15, opening for REO Speedwagon on the back of a flatbed truck at the Groton Naval Submarine Base. Her live shows up and down the East coast and throughout the South range from intimate coffee houses featuring herself and her red Takamine acoustic, to ten-piece powerhouse extravaganzas on world-famous New England resort casino stages complete with horn sections and top-notch accompanying musicians.
She independently released the album "Torn" in 2008 and the "Gypsy Soul" EP in 2009 which was awarded a "Top 25 of 2010" distinction by Indie-Music.com. In 2011, she released a solo EP on Good Sponge Records titled "Forever," a "Top 25 of 2012" pick from Indie-Music.com. In 2017, she released the album "Love Ain't Hard" to critical acclaim. Though industry-wide success has eluded her, she has a blast writing a column for Sound Waves Magazine titled "All the World's A Stage," ranting and raving about the music biz. Visit Sue’s blog at http://suemenhart.wordpress.com to read them all. Look for her upcoming memoir detailing a musical life in anonymity soon.
Sue has drawn comparisons to Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, Janis Joplin, Lucinda Williams, Diana Krall and Adele.
"Menhart's powerhouse voice is matched only by her songwriting and riveting stage presence." - The Day
"One of the absolute finest blues-rock bands in the entire region." - The Day
Sue Menhart Band to open for international act Jim Weider (The Band) on his Project Percolator Tour - Olde Mystic Flicks
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
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. - Indie-Music.com
"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." - The Day
“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." - New Haven Register
"The connection between Sue’s rocker side and emotive side has significant relevance here." - Skope Magazine
“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.” - The Day
Live at the Olde Mistick Village Arts Cinemas, Mystic, Connecticut on Nov. 23, 2011
A tribute to the Boys in the Band
Swan Day, May 2012, Hartford, Connecticut
The Choice from EP Gypsy Soul
Sinners Circle, Oct. 2009, New London, Connecticut