FAME Review: Susan Cattaneo - Heaven To Heartache
Susan Cattaneo - Heaven To Heartache

Heaven To Heartache

Susan Cattaneo

Available in April, 2011, from Amazon.com.

A review written for the Folk &ano; Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

Here we have a very solid example of work done by the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Susan Cattaneo was a student there on a vocal scholarship, and a couple of years after graduating, and raising a couple of kids, she was asked to return and teach. She has a voice that can be a powerhouse when she commands and is also capable of dropping down to get at subtle nuance. She grew up in New Jersey with all the Rock N'Roll that has come from there; but is also greatly influenced by Nashville and the country-side of life. Her first disc, Bold and Wild, reflects the Rock side and this disc displays the country/Nashville influence.

She is accompanied here by a plethora of Nashville's session players. Names that are well known in the country circles of Nashville, such as; Jeff King and Pat Buchanan; she also has members of her Boston band that features Fairport Convention's Dave Mattacks on drums. There are twelve songs here and she co-wrote eight of them with a variety of people however Scarlet Keys' name appears on six of the cuts, and the other co writers are one here and one there. Four of the songs are credited to only Ms Cattaneo. Most of them are potential hits for someone and I seem to remember hearing Girls Night Out on the radio, however since I am not a big radio listener I don't know whether it was Ms Cattaneo's version or not. It is quite a catchy song. The songs are a fair cut above good and the voice is outstanding, but it is hard to separate this from the rest of the songs coming out of Nashville at this time.

Track List:

  • Gotta Get Gone
  • Baby We Fly
  • Girls Night Out
  • Fall to Fly
  • Little Big Sky
  • On Again Off Again (feat. Ellis Paul)
  • Put That Bottle Down
  • Watching The Sparks Fly
  • Just Like It Was Texas
  • Shave
  • Country Is The State I'm In
  • Handle With Care

Edited by: David N. Pyles


Copyright 2011, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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