The Story Behind Haunted Heart

Susan Cattaneo Haunted Heart Cover

By Jim Sullivan It’s an early afternoon. Susan Cattaneo is at a restaurant just outside of Boston, sipping water – straight up – musing about her life in country music.  We are here to discuss her upcoming album, Haunted Heart. “There aren’t many Susans in country music,” she says, with a laugh. “And there’s definitely […]

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2013 Daniel Pearl Music Day Show

2013 Daniel Pearl Music Day

My husband/manager Dino will be hosting Harmony For Humanity – a 2013 Daniel Pearl Music Day  show at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge. I will let him tell the history behind the show. “For those who don’t know him, Daniel Pearl was a journalist from the Wall Street Journal who was kidnapped and killed in […]

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It’s 9/11…and this mother is not having a baby today

World Trade Center Memorial

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson   Where were you when you first heard about the events on September 11th, 2001? It’s one of those moments in your life when you feel the weight and heaviness of the world around you.  At least I did.  Literally. I was […]

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How I Joined the Mighty Stompettes


Last year, I had  a chance to play a concert with Tom Hambridge and Bonnie Hayes at the Red Star Union in Cambridge.  The gig was wonderful, and the venue was wonderful, but one of the greatest things that happened is I got to meet Sal Baglio.  Sal was accompanying Tom on his songs, and […]

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Why This Website Wouldn’t Exist Without Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt

Let’s talk about heroes.  There are the day to day heroes who touch our lives in realistic ways.  Moms or Dads  rate big in this department.  Then there are the Untouchable Heroes.  Sports legends, politicians, movie stars.  And of course, musical heroes.  I think my earliest musical hero was Julie Andrews.  Raised on the double […]

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Dennis Brennan at Berklee

One of the best features of the Summer Songwriting seminar at Berklee is the opportunity for our students to work with visiting artists. This year is particularly meaningful to me, because the visiting artist is one of Boston’s most respected songwriters, Dennis Brennan. He is known for his longstanding residency at the Lizard Lounge. You […]

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SERFA 2013 Notes

Feels like home to me Feels like home to me Feels like I’m on my way back where I belong…. Randy Newman It’s been almost 48 hours since I arrived here in Montreat, NC for SERFA 2013 (the South Eastern Regional Folk Alliance conference). Driving the three plus hours from Raleigh Durham gave me lots […]

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Carole King Songs and Tips

Meeting Carole King On monday, I had a once in a lifetime experience to meet and hang out with the great and gracious, Carole King.  A dear friend of mine who is a friend of hers invited me to her sound check at Beehive in Boston. Carole arrived ready to perform, and as I watched […]

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Opening For Bonnie Bishop at Johnny D’s!

It’s no mystery that Bonnie Raitt is a big influence and inspiration to me. You may ask yourself what this has to do with me being excited about playing a concert with Bonnie Bishop. It’s not just the fact that they’re both called Bonnie…though that’s interesting too!  Let me explain. Very few artists are able […]

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Reentry – Back to Berklee After The Bombing

On Monday, I had to return to teach at Berklee, and for the first time ever, I confess I was afraid to go back to work.  After all the craziness of last week, the fact that life seemed to suddenly be part of some episode of NCIS, CSI and Flashpoint all rolled into one, it […]

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Upcoming shows

  • 04/06/18 Mushroom Music presents Songwriters In The Round with Woody Carpinella, Susan Cattaneo and Mark Stepakoff in Lowell, MA at The Hearing Room
  • 04/08/18 Susan Cattaneo Trio in Cambridge, MA at Atwood’s Tavern
  • 04/16/18 Women in Music Volume V – Susan Cattaneo, Ali McGuirk, Meagan Casey, Ilene Springer in Plymouth, MA at Acoustic Lounge / BBC
  • 04/20/18 Opening for Davy Knowles / Band of Friends – Celebration of Rory Gallagher in Fall River, MA at Narrows Center For The Arts Buy Tickets
  • 04/21/18 Opening for Davy Knowles / Band of Friends – Celebration of Rory Gallagher in Natick, MA at T.C.A.N. Buy Tickets
  • 04/29/18 Susan Cattaneo in Schuyler Lake, NY at Cot & Crackers House Concerts