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by Little Sue

Neo-Classic Rock with pop and country elements and honky-tonk angel vocals. Is that Americana? Who cares, it's good.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Drunk
4:12 $0.99
2. Diamond Mine
4:37 $0.99
3. In Spite of Everything
3:15 $0.99
4. Monkeyshine
3:22 $0.99
5. Shine
3:53 $0.99
6. Bittermind
5:38 $0.99
7. A Happy Picture
4:08 $0.99
8. How Could You Know?
3:10 $0.99
9. Sweet and Tender: The Mexico Song
4:36 $0.99
10. Hurricane
6:57 $0.99
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Album Notes
We recorded this cd, Ezra Holbrook, Lewi Longmire,Tom Nunes and myself, as a band, meaning we all had a say in the production; we butted heads a few times but mostly it was copacetic. Secretly I was in charge the whole time! Don’t tell them! Tom worked as an engineer and producer in a studio in Salem, Oregon so we were able to record there with no one but us in the building. This afforded us a level of concentration that I had heretofore not experienced in the studio, and we relished it! This, and the fact that we were an extremely tight band, is what made it possible for us to record “Shine” basically live. I did re-sing the title track, but only because it was the title track and I sort of had to. The rest we did all together, at the same time! Even most of Lewi’s guitar solos remained intact from the original take, a testament to the greatness of Lewi. We only slathered on the backing vocals, keys and various and sundry items afterwards. Very proud of this.

A review from online magazine, "In Music We Trust"
Singer-songwriter Little Sue never fails to amaze. On her latest, Shine, she truly does, offering up a drinking man's cocktail of country-rock and folk-pop.
From the sorrow of opener "Drunk", Sue Weaver quickly gives you tunes to cry in your beer to. But it doesn't stop there.
"In Spite of Everything" is another slice of lyrically smart, vocally dead-on, heart-on-the-sleeve emotions that rip right into the listener as they pour out of Weaver. Whereas, the title track's laid back, folk approach is gentle and uplifting, one of the album's shining points with a better outlook on life. Meanwhile, the folk-rock of "A Happy Picture", despite its title, paints the picture of broken-hearts and searching for love that listeners will latch on to and quickly call their own.
"Sweet and Tender: The Mexico Song" is both sweet and tender, a delicate balance between intimate folk and cozy country, Weaver sounding positive and upbeat, the backing vocals helping to warm your soul.
Little Sue may not be a nationally recognized name -- but she should be. Shine is yet another feather to put in her cap, a well-written, well-executed record that is honest and pure, melodically rich, and as warm and inviting as they come. I'll give it an A.
Alex Steininger- In Music We Trust



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ken lawrence

amy allison meets amy rigby
when describing amy allison in a review the writer talked about the sad songs she delivered with a strait face. amy rigby was described as someone whose songs are edgier. like elvis costello. what happens when you put the two amys together? little sue that's what. sweet voiced with a little bite put in to it. creating a music that is undefinable and very beautiful. hope the two amys find this and i know they'll both listen to it.

Hazel Apricot Sama

Beautiful Journey
I have enjoyed every second of this musical journey which Little Sue has formed in the mind with Music and Lyrics. Most Enjoyable Album!


so good...
Little Sue has created such an interesting and unique sound, her music is this type of music you can listen over and over without feeling that you heard enough... good on you Sue!

Tamara Turner, CD Baby

Just like the avid reader that swears they never read the same book twice, except for that one dog-eared, tattered novel tucked away in the nightstand drawer that can’t be resisted for long, to the indie music collector, Shine is one of those albums destined to keep resurfacing in your life, regardless of how many discs you might collect every year. Even after being out for three years, it hasn’t lost its magic; in fact, the spell only matures. Little Sue’s lyrics seem to suggest she’s been flipping through your journal, following the most precious, vulnerable moments of your life (good and bad) as if you’re a Portland-based Truman Show. She’s got a knack for capturing those fleeting and private but profound emotions that bubble under the surface, the ones you think are exclusively yours, such as the silent, aching sourness of giving up on someone you love (“like giving up on a piece of yourself”) to the title track’s telling of a difficult relationship making us “Shine,” to falling in love with emotionally-unavailable men. This beautifully vibrant songstress is no less than a heroine of the tender, enormously perceptive human heart; a woman who has heightened receptors for these often unspoken yet painful beauties of life and the little whispers in every day moments that most people miss (unless they’re lucky enough to recognize them in her songs). Capturing these morsels of bittersweet humanity with grace, poignancy and goosebumpy honesty, she turns them into sparkling art. With her distinct and signature sweetly-pinched vocals, Little Sue and her music are arguably the most lovable act in the Portland scene.

Ed Goodstein

Ebullient, great
I agree with the reviewer who says she (& band) create a sound like a cross between Amy Allison and Amy Rigby (two of my faves also). She brings in some sparkling pop aspects & they really create a marvelous little sound world that
expresses a lot & reveals more with each listen. All Little Sue albums are great I think-- this one another winner!