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Pearl Alley

by Pearl Alley

Suzanne St. John and David Crane lead this five-piece band, churning out a sizzling combination of original rockin' blues, featuring powerful and emotive female vocals, smoking guitar, blistering keyboards, and a rock solid rhythm section.
Genre: Blues: Rockin' Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mission
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2. Shine
2:58 $0.99
3. Somethin' Good
4:02 $0.99
4. Makeover
5:10 $0.99
5. Grateful Child
7:45 $0.99
6. Walkin'
5:20 $0.99
7. Real Deal Woman
4:16 $0.99
8. Glass Doll
5:06 $0.99
9. Pocket Change
4:20 $0.99
10. Red Whine
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Album Notes
One January night in Santa Cruz, California, 2000...

Guitarist Dave Crane was playing in a cover band, rocking the
house in a local Santa Cruz club, when a beautiful woman walked in.. At the break, Dave started up a conversation her. "My name's Suzanne," she said. "Hey, can I sit in with you guys?"

How could Dave say no? Who knew if she could sing or not? Well, he agreed, she grabbed the mic, and said,

"Slow blues in G, fellas".

When the band heard this small woman's big voice they kicked into high gear and the place was turned upside down to a rockin' version of the blues classic, Love Me Like a Man.

After picking his jaw up off the ground, Dave had to ask,

"Where have you been all my life?"

At that moment, whether they knew it or not, they had found the combination both of them had been looking for, which would eventually lead to the formation the Pearl Alley Band.

Suzanne St. John sings with the power and passion of the likes of Janis Joplin and Susan Tedeschi. She started singing only a few short years ago, when she was asked to join John Lee Hooker's nephew, Archie Lee Hooker, on stage for a memorable rendition of Crawlin' Kingsnake at a local juke joint. The experience with Hooker "hooked" her and knew that she HAD to be a blues diva. After playing a few more gigs with Archie, and working a few local blues jams, St. John began to look for a band.

Dave had been fronting original and cover bands for years, as lead vocalist and guitarist, but none had satisfied the need for a partner that would allow him to create the kind of music he heard in his head. A dedicated guitarist since age thirteen, and music major in college, Dave's main passion in life has always been music, and hard-hitting blues was his calling.

Playing together that night was the start of something good. It showed them both that they could have their dream band. This collaboration has produced a debut cd with ten of their original tunes (available here at cd baby), and they continue to write original blues. This CD was recorded, mixed, and produced by Dave, and many of the tracks were recorded at Dave and Suzanne's home studio.

When it comes to songwriting, Suzanne sings powerful words and soaring melodies, and Dave sets them to gritty and grinding rockin' blues and smoldering ballads. Their style, while reminiscent of Bonnie Raitt and the Black Crowes, is still all their own.

Joining them on this recording are their longtime band members: Dave Berners pounding down the bass lines, Smokin' Joe Williams lighting up the keyboards, and Dennis Dove working his drum kit like an expert mechanic.

They have been tightening their sound, rockin' the south bay area, and playing gigs for a few years now, opening up for blues luminaries such as Lydia Pense and Canned Heat. Together with the band, Suzanne and Dave keep audiences on their feet with all night their own brand of rockin' blues. Their passion and ferocity makes for great shows whether they are pumping one of their original tunes out or covering an old favorite. This passion is only matched off stage by their love for one another... (they were married on September 13th, 2003!)



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Dianna Hernandez

I have never really listened to this type of music before, but when I heard this group at the Garlic Festival I was totally blown away of her voice. I love her voice so much that I just had to get her cd. Now I listened to the cd all the time. My family is in shock that I am even listening to this type of music. I really love her voice. The words are coming from the heart. I appreciate this cd. Thank You


Would love to see them live! Great rockin' blues!
This band must be a kick to see live! They have so much power and fun in their tunes. I will keep my eyes open for them again. Thanks CDBABY!

rob henley

stunning blues
stunning blues played by a terrific band,great guitar work from david and suzannes voice is out of this world!
in a word, BRILLIANT!!


This Cd was wonderful
I really enjoy this cd. The only thing that makes it not perfect is the fact that Take Another Piece Of My Heart
was not on it. I heard then do the song on KPIG radio and that is what made me want to buy the cd. I hope they put that song on a future cd.


a must see
they sound very close to the CD live. good songs, good mixs, this band has a future.


Great sound, studio or live
This debut CD is wonderful, and shows the voice range of Suzanne! Dave's guitar smokes on all of the tracks, but Suzy's voice really pulls you in. Glass Doll is a favorite track that brings the tempo down, and the emotions up. Real Deal Woman will keep you moving for days after.
A great band live as well. Lots of fun to be had.


Absolutely the most refreshing talent heard in years