Fredericksburg Songwriters' Showcase Susan Greenbaum Band

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Susan Greenbaum has committed the first sin of musicians: She quit her day job. After working as a corporate executive in Fortune 500 companies, Susan traded her power suits for performing. She has been singing as long as she’s been speaking, growing up in Kansas City, in college at Harvard, and in Boston and Richmond, VA. And now her tax return, under "Occupation," reads, "Singer-songwriter."

The Susan Greenbaum Band recently won a national competition to be the opening act for international superstar Jewel. Winners were selected by industry professionals and over 100,000 internet voters who chose Susan’s band. As Jewel played solo, Susan also performed solo and enjoyed overwhelming success for the duration of the ten-show tour across the Northeast, selling almost 1,000 CDs and welcoming thousands of new fans.

Susan released her third independent CD, Hey, Hey, Hey! in September ‘02 to rave reviews. The disc is a 13-song collection of intelligent lyrics, beautiful melodies, catchy hooks and always Susan's mellifluous and versatile voice. Within every song and performance are the artist's sincerity and boundless energy. The success of her third CD adds to Susan’s CD sales totals, which exceed 11,000.Billboard Magazine has reviewed two songs from Hey, Hey, Hey! in the “Singles” column. “Spin Like a Top” has “hooks that drill into your brain; smart, organic production; and lyrical substance to make the music an interactive experience.” "Everything but You" received a glowing review in Billboard when released as a single in 2000, and it was also added to commercial radio station WMXB-103.7 FM at 46 spins/week. The Richmond Times-Dispatch called Hey, Hey, Hey! the best local release of 2002.

Prior to "Hey, Hey, Hey!" Susan released "Wake Up!" in 1999, receiving Finalist awards in both the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the U.S.A. Songwriting Contest. "Wake Up!" was the logical follow-up to her mostly acoustic 1997 debut recording, Actual Size. That Boston recording introduced listeners to Susan's unique voice and distinctive writing style.During’s heyday, Susan Greenbaum was one of the site's most popular artists, famous or unknown. She held impressive positions on several charts and garnered over 180,000 downloads of her songs, which were frequently #1 or in the Top Ten of the Acoustic Rock and Pop charts.

 Ed Drake is a multi-faceted guitarist who plays beautifully and melodically in any style thrown his way. He studied guitar at VCU and has performed in avariety of bands over his many years in Richmond. Additionally, he isfirst-call guitarist for Broadway shows that come to the area, and heteaches private guitar lessons.

Mike Drake (yes, they’re brothers) plays bass, following Ed into the music scene inRichmond and developing a tremendous pop music sensibility. Mike teacheshigh school chemistry in Hanover County in addition to bringing hissometimes-mellow, sometimes-aggressive, but always right-on-the-money bassto rock and jazz ensembles alike.

Chris Parker is the original drummer in the SGB. In addition to providing perfect,tasteful drum parts, Chris is an accomplished percussionist who is ascomfortable on vibes, steel drum, Afro-Cuban conga and hand percussion as heis behind the drum set. He is a graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory (before it became Shenandoah Univ.), and he also penned the most requested SGB tune, “The Squirrel Song."

The Susan Greenbaum Band draws big, enthusiastic audiences who delight in her lively, diverse and powerful performances. Thanks to the internet, she has fans on every continent. She performs solo and with her band and has appeared at such venues as The Bottom Line in NYC, The Birchmere, and Rams Head Tavern. In addition to touring with Jewel, Susan’s credits include performing an acoustic set with Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley; sharing bills with Jill Sobule; and opening for Kenny Loggins, Patty Griffin, Dar Williams, Janis Ian, Todd Snider, Tuck and Patti, Iris DeMent, Lucy Kaplansky, Lloyd Cole and Catie Curtis. Susan also endorses W.L Gore’s Elixir Strings. The most frequently heard comment at her gigs is, "Great songs--and how does all that big, beautiful sound come out of someone under five feet tall?"

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