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  posted on 4/25/2007 at 01:16 AM

Susan Tedeschi, Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, 4-24-2007

I saw Scrapomatic and Susan Tedeschi at the Variety Playhouse tonight and I'm still riding high from the music! Many thanks to Brother JNB who made it possible for me to be there.

Mike Mattison lives in Atlanta now and I hope that means they'll be playing around town a lot more, because Scrapomatic's unique sound is addictive! I love their interpretation of the blues as well as their original tunes -- I was sad when they left the stage. Kofi Burbridge played flute with them on one number and Susan sat on a stool and sang with them for a tune.

Susan took the stage after a short break and quickly established her presence. Her charisma is so strong that she is exhilarating, almost intoxicating. During the third song, In the Garden, I hit a sweet spot on the scale of trancendental musical enjoyment. Every aspect of the show -- the young people in the crowd who knew all her lyrics, Susan's shining vocals, the haunting melody, and my own state of mind -- combined to give me an out-of-body experience. I felt like a love bomb had gone off in my heart.

For a moment I could step aside from myself and channel all the happiness I was feeling -- it was a peak experience for sure.

I saw a few GBers at the show -- PatrickCrenshaw was wearing shorts, birthday girl Barb Potter was soaking up the music, hotlantatim looked blissed out, and WillieHoward was there with his daughter Hannah. I also saw old friends Michael Rothschild (Landslide Records, Scrapomatic's label) and Flournoy Holmes.

After the show I got to hug Susan and thank her for making me feel so happy. She later signed autographs and met any fan who wanted to talk to her or take a photo.

Sorry I didn't think to jot down a set list, because this show was really special. During one tune she said was a Keith Richards song she made eye contact with me up at the front, smiling and nodding her head -- it made me feel really special! At one point she urged everyone to drink a beer and then added, "But no smoking!" with a twinkle in her eye, as the sweet smell of pot rose through the venue. She then covered her mouth, giggled, and did sort of a curtsy, vamping on the joke.

Kofi sat in on two songs, one on organ and one on flute -- he and William Green had a mutual admiration society going, pointing at each other in respect. Todd Smalley also sat in for two or three songs and showed his ear to ear grin.

For the first encore Susan did Don't Look Twice, slow and sweet. She had each of her sidemen, William Greene on B-3, Ron Holloway on sax, and even her bass player take long solos. While they were each playing, Susan sat on her amp, leaned back, and closed her eyes while playing beautiful rhythm guitar on her Telecaster. I was close to the stage where I could see her clearly and I focused on her face throughout the night -- she is so beautiful and so expressive. Plus, she's got a great guitar face!

I love Susan!




[Edited on 4/25/2007 by Hophead]

 

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  posted on 4/25/2007 at 05:37 AM
Thanks, Hop

 

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  posted on 4/25/2007 at 06:07 AM
Yes, agreed! We love Susan!!! I was especially happy on April 12th when much to my surprise I had the same flight to Jacksonville with her!! Believe me, I made sure she knew how much we love her!!

 

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  posted on 4/25/2007 at 06:35 AM
We caught the show the night before in Nashville at the Belcourt Theater and my experience was very much the same as yours. We all left on a great musical high.

Susan took requests (including the tease of Sugaree following Angel) on the fly, and the crowd would not allow her to leave the stage until she performed a couple of extra encores...

 

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  posted on 4/25/2007 at 08:19 AM
"During one tune she said was a Keith Richards song"

That would probably be "You Got the Silver." Great tune!

Glad you enjoyed the show brother, and thanks for sharing

 
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  posted on 4/25/2007 at 08:23 AM
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Yes, agreed! We love Susan!!! I was especially happy on April 12th when much to my surprise I had the same flight to Jacksonville with her!! Believe me, I made sure she knew how much we love her!!


Yeah, Susea got Susan T. on her flight to J-ville. I had The Sunshine Band (minus KC) on mine. We all know who made out better on that one!

 

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  posted on 4/25/2007 at 08:36 AM
Hi Terri!

 

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  posted on 4/25/2007 at 08:38 AM
Mornin' Sister Susea.

Hope all is well in Beantown.

 

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  posted on 4/25/2007 at 08:39 AM
Yes but am ready for another adventure!! How about you??

 

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  posted on 4/25/2007 at 08:41 AM
Yes!

I wish the Soul Stew Review was hitting the East Coast.

 

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  posted on 4/25/2007 at 08:46 AM
Come on out to Aspen Labor Day weekend!!

 

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  posted on 4/25/2007 at 09:18 AM
If Scrapomatic starts playing regular gigs in ATL you all might be seeing me a little more often.

My first Scrapomatic experience was the 05 NYE Variety Playhouse show and I was hooked then.

 

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  posted on 4/25/2007 at 09:31 AM
LOVE Susan! LOVE reading a Hop review again! Glad you were over the moon with energy and had some left to share with us. Thank you.

 

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  posted on 4/25/2007 at 11:11 AM
Hop, glad you enjoyed the show, I loved it as well, as I always do when Susan is playing. Im always amazed at her humble and endearing presence on stage, as if she is still unsure of her own abilities, and why so many people love hearing her play. Her guitar playing has come a long way, but she still shows glimpses of shyness on her axe, but gets it done.

Her voice is about as gripping as they come, and I could listen to her sing all night-Id put her up against all the blues female singers these days, she smoke's em all....And Scrapomatic is great as well-I missed them as I was hauling ass from work to make it in time-The setlist was great, a few off the top of my head: The Feeling Music Brings, Angel From Montgomery, You Got The Silver, Evidence, Bit By Bit. Dont Think Twice, Sweet Forgiveness, Tired Of My Tears.....

 

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  posted on 4/25/2007 at 11:18 AM
Hop - thanks for taking me to Susan's show through your words!!! I am so hoping that I get a chance to see some Soul Stew this year ... get a Derek AND Susan fix!

 

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  posted on 4/25/2007 at 11:20 AM
I was told the Soul Stew tour should hit the East Coast in the fall. Can't wait!!

Susan has a show in the Ridgefield Playhouse August 25, that does not show up on her site or on Pollstar, so grab tickets now:

http://www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org/venue.asp?eventID=471


[Edited on 4/25/2007 by absnj]

 

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