Suzanna Spring & the South Livermore Boys Club
Listen to She's Got Your Heart
"I've always been drawn to outsiders," says this classically trained musician and artist who grew up on both coasts, many parts in between, and now calls northern California home. Discovering Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt and Lucinda Williams, inspired a writer whose poetry, melodies and haunting vocals seem to embody longing and the quest for home. Suzanna’s first band, The Mustangs, a southern California country/rock group of talented women with a will to tour, performed at the Jimmy Dale Gilmore & Friends Show at SXSW in Austin, sharing the stage with Texas artists Lucinda Williams, Joe Ely, and Butch Hancock.
Beginning a long-distance writing relationship with Nashville, and later moving there, Suzanna worked as a staff writer for EMI, then found her writer/artist home at Bluewater Music. Her first solo CD effort received Music Row's DISCovery Award, drawing comparisons to kindred spirits Emmylou Harris and Patty Griffin. Longtime duet partner Cary Beare is featured on the record.
For her next record, Suzanna wrote and recorded at legendary Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville with Scott Paschall producing. The resulting album’s title track, "She's Got Your Heart", is a homesick valentine to California. Another standout track, "The Other Side of This Love", is beautifully written and sung with Texas poet Walt Wilkins.
Suzanna’s performances include WPLN's Songwriter Sessions, NPR's Nashville Folk Festival radio program, concerts in Austin, Boston and New York, Channel 5's "Words and Music" program, Tin Pan South, and performances for Nashville Independent Music network.
Following the release of her song "Time" as a single for country recording artist Doug Stone, this prodigal daughter returned to California in 2007, finding her northern California hometown transformed to a burgeoning music/film community. Full moon evening jams on guitarist/winemaker Karl Wente’s porch evolved into alt country band The Front Porch, including Spring, Wente, singer Tim Miller, drummer Joe O’Loughlin, bassist Joe Kara, violin virtuoso Jim Hurley, and a revolving cast of traveling players/characters who still find their way out to the house in the Livermore vineyards. TFP’s first gig was a benefit concert for California filmmaker Michealene Cristini Risley's human rights film "Tapestries of Hope;” followed by regular appearances at the summer HomeGrown concert series, and around the growing club scene. TFP wrote and recorded during 2010-2011, working with producer/percussionist Kenneth Nash.
An introduction and a musical love-at-first listen led to the creation of Suzanna Spring & The South Livermore Boys Club, a group of amazing and versatile players: Paul Schimmelman on bass, Art Thompson (Street Dogs, Chain of Blues, and senior editor at Guitar Player magazine) on electric guitar, with TFP drummer Joe O’Loughlin, pedal steel player John Gay, and violinist Hurley. Nicknamed The Surly Jack@sses, the band adds groove, grit and wit to Spring’s brooding lyrics and earworm melodies. So happy to add SXSW to the band’s growing invitations, Suzanna Spring plays with the boys, counts her blessings regularly, and dreams of composing music for film.
A long-time yoga practitioner and teacher, Suzanna regularly works with military veterans in northern California, offering classes in asana and meditation. She recently created a nonprofit, WarriorsOne Alliance, to encourage wellness programs for veterans in the Tri-Valley area.