A heartbreaking and hilarious cautionary tale about how to fail in the music business, this memoir from Connecticut singer-songwriter Sue Menhart is a laugh out loud inside look at 30 years of trying to “make it,” with tales of nightmare gigs, shady club owners, and extremely large uvulas (that’s the thing at the back of your throat!). The book is jam-packed with useful tips, tricks, pitfalls, and atrocities associated with trying to succeed in the biz with plenty of pop culture references from the boom boxes of the 1980s to the digital complexities of the 2000s. Influenced by the early days of MTV, and after opening for REO Speedwagon on the back of a flatbed truck in 1981, she ponders, "How can I possibly not be super famous by now?" She chronicles the craft of music-making, interviews other musicians from around the world, and imparts suggested business knowledge to those seeking stardom, including how to go about attempting to win a Grammy. The memoir describes how musicians feel on and off stage, without ever getting to be a Bruce Springsteen or a Taylor Swift. Why do they do it? How do they do it? What must they endure? The book is enlightening and entertaining and lastly, inspiring.
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Love Ain't Hard
Sue Menhart Band
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.
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Released in June 2011, this 5-song EP is a loosely knit conceptual record that follows the course of a single romantic relationship from ‘love at first sight’ to its eventual demise. What arises is a deeper, soul–drenched record that sounds at once fresh and familiar: Fusing together Etta James, Susan Tedeschi and Alicia Keys and the songwriting stylings of Brian McKnight and Babyface. Produced by Ron Zabrocki. Music & Lyrics by Sue Menhart.