Biography

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“compelling and haunting . . .  delivered with the wit and compassion of 1920s and ‘30s folk traditions and fitting comfortably with the current music of Rhiannon Giddens and Samantha Fish”                           ~ Jim Martens, CFUV Blues in the Morning

Sue Decker’s soulful voice and slide guitar enthrall the listener while travelling through territory that is earthy and beautiful, sometimes dark and gritty, and always life-giving. Sue makes music that embodies the essence of early blues and folk with the songwriting sensibility of outlaw country: she is just as likely to meet her muse in a Bessie Smith record as she is at a Steve Earle concert, among many other places. Sue started playing music with a rented guitar at a bluegrass jam and it wasn’t long before she discovered and devoted herself to writing songs, playing the dobro, and singing the blues.

Sue followed the release of her first EP—Live at the Duncan Showroom—with a single recording “Love Never Follows the Rules” in September 2017. In her first full studio project, set to be released in 2019, Sue is excited to be collaborating with award-winning producer Wynn Gogol. On stage, Sue creates a sense of community with her playful connection to the audience and there’s plenty of tasty lap-style slide guitar, whether she is playing solo or with a band. She also shares her undeniable affinity for singing and playing vintage blues as the host of “Back Porch Blues”, a monthly acoustic blues session with a talented collective of fellow musicians.

Walk alongside a spell and have a listen.

“We rarely hear the inward music, but we are all dancing to it nevertheless, directed by the one who teaches us, the pure joy of the sun, the music master.” ~ Rumi