If you enjoy live music and like it even better when it’s free, check out Live Spark, featuring the best indie pop/rock talent from Brisbane and beyond. 

This Sunday, Sue Ray will be performing a set on the Turbine Stage at The Brisbane Powerhouse, with special guests Rebecca Karlen and Owen Ray, Sue’s own father. It will be an intimate showcase, with many of Sue’s tracks from her recent album Red Roses stripped back and performed acoustically with three part harmony and the elegant violin playing of Rebecca Karlen.

The other half of the bill is Plus One Record’s Halfway with their country, indie, rock collection. So this will surely be a show worth braving the summer heat for.

Brisbane Powerhouse is located next to New Farm Park on the banks of the Brisbane river. Street access is via 119 Lamington Street, New Farm (continuation of James St).

For further information you can visit:

http://www.brisbanepowerhouse.org/events/view/live-spark/

 

Well, Tamworth was absolutely awesome! So many amazing performers and talent. I was very proud to share the stage with incredible acts such as James Blundell and LJ Hill.
Happy 40th Tamworth! Look forward to seeing you next year, but for now I am off on the road again – this time it is Melbourne in my path 🙂
I will be playing  a bunch of shows with a bunch of other great musos from Wed 8th – Sat 11th February. The dates and times are listed here:
 
Wed 8th Feb – THE ESPY FROM 8pm
Thur 9th Feb – IDGAFF BAR FROM 8pm
Wed 8th Feb – THE ESPY FROM 8pm
Thur 9th Feb – IDGAFF BAR FROM 8pm
Fri 10th Feb – THE OLD BAR FROM 8pm w/The Death Rattles and Rattlehand
Sat 11th Feb – THE BRUNSWICK HOTEL FROM 3:30pm benefit gig w/ Seven Hearts
 
and for more details please stop by my facebook via this link https://www.facebook.com/events/343908788975737/
While you are there, take a moment to like my page and keep up to date on what is shaping up to be a very busy and exciting year!
 
Hope to see some familiar faces in Melbourne. Take care y’all!
Sue x

Well aint that just the line up to end all line ups?!

Rattlehand are officially breaking the champagne bottle over their new album this Saturday Nov 26th at the Beetle Bar in Brisbane, featuring Sue Ray warming the stage from about 8:30pm.

Tickets for this event are moving pretty fast but there are still a few left so jump on to www.oztix.com/rattlehand

You can get further details including stage times and links to support act websites here.

Hope to see you there on the night!

 

 

If you have a spare couple of hours this evening we strongly recommend you get on down to X&Y Bar in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley to catch a very special event.

Sue Ray will be supporting the amazing Nigel Wearne (Melb) who is touring nationally to support his new solo album. Sue takes the stage at about 8:20pm and Nigel will follow at around 9:30pm.

This promises to be a night of incredibly good alt country/folk tunes and a great opportunity to experience an intimate set with both Sue and Nigel.

You can get all the information you need about the show here.

Hope to see you all there to support both our local musicians and our mates from down south.

Well Sue is finally heading down to Melbourne for some long overdue shows with a few mates from down that way.

 

You can see Sue live at:

The Empress Hotel, joined by the Hope Addicts, Sunday 2nd October from 4pm

&

The Old Bar, Sunday 2nd October, joined by Kirra Puru and The Bruise from 9pm

 

And you can hear Sue chatting and playing live on:

PBS 106.7fm in Melbourne, Thursday 29th September from 3:30pm

 

Spread the word around and don’t miss this great opportunity to see Sue live and hear all the tracks from her latest record Red Roses.

 

When Sue gets back she will be playing some fabulously intimate shows around Brisbane including this great show with Nigel Wearne and a lovely acoustic evening at the Vinyl Bar.

And if you have a minute, pop by Sue’s facebook page and give her a like so you can keep up with all the latest news and receive exclusive giveaways and promotions.

 

 

Hi everyone!

Sue is very pleased to be able to offer a bunch of freebies to you all. For the rest of this week only, you can visit Sue’s bandcamp page here and click “free download” to receive your copy of the single Soldier’s Son!

You should also come along to Black Bear Lodge on Saturday night from 7pm to see Sue perform live. Entry is free and Sue will be joined by amazing alt-country rockers Rattlehand – a night not to be missed.

And if that wasn’t enough motivation, Sue will be giving away a copy of her new album Red Roses during her set!

Look forward to seeing you all there 🙂

The lovely people over at TOM Magazine have deemed Red Roses to be their Album of the Week

You can read an amazing review of the album here at TOM Magazine or below. Thanks so much to Hedi Mailer for giving Red Roses four and a half stars!

If you like what you hear, you can see Sue live this weekend at the Black Bear Lodge! Hope to see you there.

 

 

 

 

Red Roses (Sue Ray Music)

With its bright, bold harmonica intro and jaunty melodic quality, the opening track of Brisbane singer/songwriter Ray’s second album, Shake It Off, is in many ways classic Sue Ray: an engaging instrumental composition paired with often deceptively dark lyrics. “There’s a storm in a cup and it’s drinking me up dear,” she sings. “Could you maybe pass the salt? There’s a lemon in my eyes and smoke up in the sky / And I’m having trouble keeping up.”  Back in 2007, I happened upon Ray playing a show at the now defunct Troubadour and was utterly spellbound. She has the sort of rare voice  –  deep, dark, gorgeously emotive, and molasses-rich that stirs something within the listener and never quite lets go. She gets under your skin and stays there. The following year, Ray released her debut album. The appropriately named Best Beware was a wonderful slice of lo-fi alt-country and its follow-up, Red Roses, builds on the immense promise of that record.

These 12 songs are evocative, sometimes quietly playful, often sad, almost always wryly knowing and impressively well crafted. Many deal with heartbreak, loss, longing or love gone awry  –  ‘Love Evermore’, ‘Wish I Was’ and ‘Red Roses’, for example  –  and showcase Ray’s torch singer vocals to perfection. Whether she is inhabiting the persona of a woman scornful and angry at the loss of her husband (‘Soldier’s Son’)  –  on which she lets loose with lines like: “This soldier’s son is gonna need a dad / The war was won but there’s no one in my bed / And the well is nearly empty and the milk is turning sour / Guess I’m all the man this house has now” – or reflecting on the letters she writes a lover in her head (‘Another Letter’)  –  “Wrote you another letter in my head / It’s a shame you’ll never know just what it said”  –  one thing remains impressively consistent: her heart-rending voice and undeniable gifts as a songwriter. If you’re a fan of the likes of Brandi Carlile or Laura Cantrell, give Sue Ray a listen; chances are you’ll emerge from the experience an unequivocal convert to her passionately original brand of alt-country.

(Heidi Maier)