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 it's 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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