It’s been a long road from playing Carol King and Neil Young songs on guitar at Hooters Mexican restaurant in Coolangatta and being one of the few girls to surf in the Australian titles at Victor Harbour, South Australia in the 70’s.
Suzanne met Tim Gaze when he was commissioned to write for another Australian surf movie (after Morning of the Earth) in which she sang and performed two of her original songs for the movie “Band On The Run”.
A chance meeting and introduction to blues music occurred when she met Dutch Tilders in Sydney. This meeting destined her to live in Melbourne and tour with Dutch Tilders band as flautist and backing vocalist. Touring with Dutch Tilders RnB6 as support for George Thorogood and other international Blues artists.
During her part time she attained a Bachelor of Education in music including studying jazz piano. Suzanne moved on to playing piano bar gigs at 5 star hotels in Melbourne such as The Windsor.
1998 and 2001 Suzanne received awards from Unisong for original compositions.
In 2007 Suzanne released her first full album of original material called Here Is My Song with Mal Clarke (Bullamakanka Band)
Suzanne has just released her second album called I Foresaw This Trouble which is a swinging roots, blues and ballads album with a great band. The new album has 14 original songs including eight blues tracks. Gary Norman Guitar, Mike Mathews Bass and Justin Humphries drums, guest harmonica player Ian Collard, guitar Geoff Achison, drums Gideon Marcus and Paul Richards.
Her latest album “I Foresaw This Trouble’ is getting better than good recognition having made it to no. 5 in the Australian Radio Blues and Roots Charts and remained there for 8 months in 2015. Suzanne writes about life experiences, her story telling is unique in the blues idiom. She writes popular ballads and blues based swing tunes.
After the success of the album Suzanne played an East Coast tour appearing at Bangalow Bowls Club with old friend Tim Gaze on guitar. She has been appearing at the Opal Room Upwey/Belgrave RSL, Bell Tavern Belgrave, Blakes Famous Blues Bar at Cunninghams Hotel Yarra Junction, Prince Of Wales Hotel St Kilda, Cherry Bar and the Clifton Hill Hotel in Melbourne.
Suzanne has also performed with her band at Surrey Hills Music Festival Reunion Café dinner and show which was sold out. Also at the Inverloch Jazz Festival and Merimbula Festivals in the role of vocalist as well as pianist with John Cameron and his big band Out for the Count.
Reviews Album I Foresaw This Trouble
I will say as the disc plays the influences certainly reflect within each song. I can hear Janis Joplin ( cheap thrills era) within 'Good Lookin' Blues' to name but one track. It's truly a wonderful listen, great groove and feel and certainly a disc that reminds me of the blues clubs in the UK where low lighting and smoke filled air was complimented by great music and attentive listeners.
My interpretation of good blues is the honest and open approach the music offers I could listen to the disc all day long and still hear something different within each track. It's chilled and relaxed and really has all the qualities of not just a blues album but a quality interpretation that raises the bar for any budding artists who wish to learn about what the blues is about Dave Anger 100.3fm 2MCR (Macarthur Community Radio)
Suzannes second release is a triumph…she has not stopped writing blues based and popular ballads and swing tunes….she is passionate about her work and I’ve been witness to its continuous evolution…her life inspires her work at every turn, and she continues with commitment to this craft…she gives the world another piece of her art with each track.
This is her second CD and it’s very good. Suzanne wrote all of the 14 tracks, with some help on lyrics from Patrick McMahon. I have to admit I wasn’t too sure about the CD’s blues credentials as the first 2 tracks are a little more “loungey”, but then things really take off and I was hooked! The song writing is exceptional and this is a classy release.
Couple of fave tracks here are the beautiful “Blue Room”, and also “Going to New York” featuring Ian Collard on harp. Do yourselves a favour and grab a copy of this one...Dianne Forster MBAS
Suzanne Petersen and her band played at Reunion Cafe Dining as a feature act, as part of the Surrey Hills Music Festival 2015.
The sold out event was a highlight on our calendar. Suzanne’s music was sublime and the lyrics to her beautiful original songs transported the audience to another place. A memorable evening!"
Jan Jacklin Co-owner Reunion Cafe Dining, Surrey Hills