Susanna Hoffs in ‘The Girl With the Guitar’ at Eddie’s Attic

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Susanna Hoffs entered the quaint Atlanta venue known as Eddie’s Attic from the same door the full house of fans did Monday night and walked subtly to the stage and said, “Hello, this is our first show on the tour so I hope you will work with us…and while I do not have any stories to tell, you are welcome to ask questions while we tune up here…it’s our first stop on the tour.”  Then, she and her newly formed band began to take the crowd down memory lane with the sounds of the ’60s, and the twelve string accompaniment made the old hippies in the crowd think of The Byrds and Tom Petty, with a touch of George Harrison.  The crowd enjoyed medleys from The Bangles, a few cover songs, and new music just released on Susanna’s brand new CD “Someday” including “November Sun,” “Raining,” and “Picture Me.”

Susanna brought her Signature Rickenbacker to life while being accompanied by the quite notable lead and rhythm guitar playing of her new song writing partner, Andrew Brassell, a very talented musician whose picking style and subtle lead fills were reminiscent of George Harrison and created an obvious signature of his Nashville roots.

Susanna Hoff Signature Rickenbacker Model 350SH
Based on the model 350, this instrument has a combination of one HB-1 humbucking pickup and two vintage “crome-bar” single coil pickups. Checked binding, 24 frets, rosewood fingerboard and triangle inlays.

The show got underway a little after 8:30 PM and went  through until just after 10:00 PM with great hits from The Bangles including “Manic Monday” and a sneak up quick version of “Walk Like an Egyptian,” which once recognized by the crowd, had them erupt in applause and excitement for that familiar sound…”Ay Oh Whey Oh”!

In addition to Susanna’s crisp vocals, her five piece band was right on the money! From the groove laid down by drummer Jim Laspesa, or the unsung heroism of bassist Derrick Anderson, the style of percussionist John Calacci, and the magic riffs and licks coming from guitarist Andrew Brassell, this night had a little of everything for those looking back to simpler times, or for those who just wanted to rock and let go.


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