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Artist Profile

In 1992 Bob Weir (Grateful Dead) and Grammy award winning bassist Rob Wasserman were so blown away by the young and green Susan when she opened for them at the Coach House in Orange County that they took her under their wing around the country to open for them on their entire national tour.

One of the founders of Apple Computers saw Susan playing in a small Bay Area coffeehouse for tips and asked if she had a tape he could buy. When she said she didn't have a tape, he then showed up at her next gig with 10,000 dollars that he gave her and told her to please go record one because he wanted to buy it.

Susan ended up handselling over 2000 copies of the tape she made, Life Between Two Worlds, from the side of the stage as she traveled the U.S. and Canada, handpicked by Lindsey Buckingham to open for him on his 1993 tour.

SUSAN JAMES' brand new CD for 1996 titled, "Shocking Pink Banana Seat" is as unique as the title. Susan wrote all songs, played all guitars, did all vocals. some bass, co-produced the album as well as the artwork.

The owner of New Regency Productions (Natural Born Killers, Boys on the Side, The Client, JFK, Heat, etc.) heard her new cd "Shocking Pink Banana Seat' and was so taken by it, he helped Susan print 1,000 copies for her label, Major Label records.

SUSAN is a stunning singer, songwriter and extraordinary guitarist. Imagine the experimental vocal stylings of Sinead O'Connor mixed with Joni Mitchell and the darkly powerful showmanship of PJ Harvey but with a little humor and playfulness thrown in. Combine that with the guitar wirardry of Mark Ribot, the late Danny Gatton and Sonny Sharrock, and the acoustic prowess of Leo Kotke and Richie Havens. A touch of opera training stretches her multi-octave voice into amazing contortions, and an Ethnomusicology degree from UCLA influences her unorthodox playing style. Of course a childhood growing up in California gives Susan an underlying pop foundation for her songwriting, a sensibility evident in her twisted, shredding live versions of "Eight Miles High", David Bowie's "Heroes" and the Beach Boys' "Sail On Sailor".

Winning awards from Bay Area cable music show "Music Scene" and coveted spots at the 1995 SXSW and NXNW, as well as the SFOI and SF02 festivals, SUSAN JAMES is busy proving the Los Angeles Times right when they call her " a master at exploring the emotional and sonic possibilities of the voice and guitar..creating an entire world of sounds and moods.
Discography

Fantastic Voyage(1998)

Check out the Real Audio Sound Sample
CD One -Lovesick
The Songs:

  1. Manna
  2. Static
  3. The Blood of Experience
  4. Fantastic Voyage
  5. Love
  6. Every Side of Lonely
  7. Love & Luck & Sin
  8. Falling Waltz
  9. All She Ever Wanted
  10. Spinning Down
CD Two -Stranger Bedfellows
The Instrumentals:
  1. From Black Sheep
  2. My Don Don Song
  3. The Bean March
  4. Magic Hour
  5. Happy Camper
  6. Dark Mississippi
  7. Drone
  8. Stringfellow's Garden is Growling
  9. Stranger Bedfellows
  10. To Black Sheep


CD One -Lovesick (Notes)

Susan James: vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, mandolin, organ, tambourine
Tommy Stinson: bass on #1,2,3,5,6,9. addt'l acoustic on #2
Joseph Hammer: analog loops and noises
Amy Wood: drums on #1, 3, 9
Gary Eaton: bass on #8 & 10
Peter Burke: drums on 8 & 10
Rusty Squeezebox: drums on #2
Ben Powers: cello on #5
Michael Tempo: Percussion on #5 & 6
John Wood: lap steel on #8
Mike Randle/Rusty Squeezebox/Probyn Gregory/Morley Bartnof: backing vocals on #10
All songs written by Susan James. 1998 Dumplings Music 1998 ASCAP Produced by Susan James and John Wood

CD Two -Stranger Bedfellows (Notes)

Susan James: vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, bass
Michael Tempo: drums and percussion
Joseph Hammer: analog loops, concerned looks
Carol Hansen/Rob Jameson/Marie Kolofsky/David Holmes: string quartet on #8
all instrumentals written by Susan James 1998 Pub. Dumplings Music 1998 except #4 and #9- James/Tempo/Hammer 1998
Pub. Dumplings Music/West of Paducah/j.Hammer 1998
Produced by Susan James

Fantastic Voyage (Credits)
Engineered by John Wood, Recorded at Stanley Recording Studios,Venice, CA
Mastered at OceanView Mastering by Joe Gastwirt, Los Angeles, CA
Photos: color - Mark April, black & white - Cheryl Himmelstein
Art Direction: Susan James

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Shocking Pink Banana Seat (1996)

Song Listing
  1. We Both Know
  2. Rock Star
  3. Wrapped Up
  4. I Want You
  5. Red Letter Day
  6. One Good Reason
  7. Raincoats
  8. Poison
  9. Le Monsters
  10. Heroine Of Love
  11. Eileen
  12. Suicide Door

Produced by
Travis Dickerson and Susan James
Recorded mixed and mastered by
Travis Dickerson

ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY SUSAN JAMES
copyright & published 1995, 1994
except "Suicide Door"-words by Susan James,
music by Susan James & Bron Tieman copyright 1995



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Life Between Two Worlds (1992)

Song Listing
  1. Between Two Worlds
  2. This Old World
  3. Run
  4. From Across The Sea
  5. Far Away
  6. Love Never Fails
  7. Dogpatch
  8. Spend Your Life
  9. Uprising

SUSAN JAMES: VOCALS. GUITAR. MANDOLIN
PERCUSSION, WINE GUISSES, *PIANO STRINGS

TY DAUGHERTY:WINE GLASSES
*ASSIST FROM PETER STEINBACH

ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY SUSAN JAMES
© 1986.1989.1990 SUSAN JAMES
© 1990 UNCIVILIZED MUSIC'. BMI

PRODUCED BY SUSAN JAMES
ENGINEERED & MIXED BY HOWARD JOHNSTON
ASSISTANT ENGINEER:ULRICH WILD
RECORDED @ DIFFERENT FUR. SAN FRANCISCO
(EXCEPT WHERE NOTED)
* GUITAR TRACK RECORDED @ ALPHA & OMEGA
STUDIOS. SAN FRANCISCO; ENGINEER:DAVID
PLANK
. ASSISTANT ENG: PETER STEINBACK
*GUITAR TRACK RECORDED @ MUSIC ANNEX
MENLO PARK, ENGINEER.DAVID PLANK
WINE GLASSES RECORDED @ ALPHA & OMEGA
SAN FRANCISCO: AST ENG.:PETER STEINBACK


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