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Poeina / Press

"opera punk Poeina."

“[GYPSY ROCK] A ramblin’ rambler of sorts, Poeina Suddarth has managed to stay her musical course via successful Kickstarter campaigns and the willingness to hitchhike and utilize public transportation while touring. The Janis Joplin-inspired Suddarth draws from a well of 30 musicians otherwise known as the Lucid Dreamers, making her touring act dense and delightfully unpredictable. Her sound is an operatic form of indie-folk, something akin to Y La Bamba's Luz Elena set on a makeshift rural stage circa the late 19th century. This will be a homecoming of sorts, as it's Poeina’s first show in roughly three years”

“The one and only Poeina Suddarth has been bedazzling the Redballs diners with eclectic music every Monday night. Eclectic generally means "weird" but it's "good weird" for Suddarth.”

"highly creative Monday night gigs at the Moorpark venue"

“It was crazy. I've felt the magic that occurs when people make music together, because they need to. Not because they are going after three successful albums and a number one hit as part of their record contract again for promotional purposes on tour...Because I have watched this woman open her mouth, as she screamed her soul into the room, It gave me the feeling that if you really want it, just about anything can be possible.”

“...the American with the large voice gained a considerable audience.. by the diversity of high Emotionality, coupled with a subtle "Rotzigkeit" plug in.”

“Love in all its facets she has lived and suffered from "What is love?" to "Will it ever really change?" to answer "Love is Blindness he went on". But also of the "Burning Bush in Georgia" was raised. Easily accessible from the whole of Europe was also the musical accompaniment, not always, but in any case presented perfect and interesting. The audience demanded an encore and not only did they get it, but also compliments from the musicians.”

“Her music conveys the diversity of emotionality, with a subtle "Rotzigkeit"”

“A couple of tips for the next few days and week...Poeina Suddarth and The lucid dreamers on the stage. A concert that suddenly awakens our curiosity...”

“..Musiker-Stab is rather unconventional: The lucid dreamers, musicians are so ideal..”

“Also performing at the Nail Creek was Los Angeles based Poeina Suddarth. An energy radiated from her as she prepared to take the stage. Her warm welcoming smile and playful attire put the audience at ease immediately. When she began to sing, her sultry, strong voice mesmerized and captivated those listening.”

“Poeina Suddarth Announces Kickstarter Campaign & Euro Tour tour goes through: Bremen, Oldenburg, Hamburg, Kapelle Op Den Bos (B), Delmenhorst, Osnabrück, Hengelo (NL), Oldenburg, Hamburg, Worpswede, Groningen (NL), Osterholz - Scharmbeck, Neuharlingersiel, Celle, Hannover, Wilhelmshaven, Achim, Emden, Verden, and Quelkhorn. The tour has been set for December 14th, 2013 - January 5th, 2014. To find more information about the fundraiser please visit http://kck.st/14wUrPg”

“Touring for any musician can be a difficult challenge. That challenge is multiplied for singer-songwriter Poeina Suddarth. Currently on her Trains, Planes and Automobiles tour supporting Poeina, she relies on the ridesharing kindness of fans, strangers and truckers to get her from gig to gig since her van broke down almost a year ago. She doesn't always make it, but hitching about the country can only add inspiration to her wandering brand of old-tyme Americana-flavored, indie rock-infused, twangy-otherworldly-pop. Suddarth took a few minutes out of her busy performing and busier travel schedule to discuss via email her travel difficulties, missed gigs, upcoming music projects, and her fascination with all-things music -- from country to horrid sounds "not even a mother could love."”

“Suddarth puts her guitar and assorted effects to good use in her wandering brand of old-time Americana-flavored, indie rock-infused, otherworldly pop. That's a lot of hyphens, but Suddarth's music is hard to define. Rich and atmospheric, haunting and raw, songs are fleshed out with unexpected (and understated) instrumental flourishes from reckless percussion, clawing banjos, jittery mandolins, floating violins and, occasionally, full-string sections. Her evocative, emotive vocals float on top--another layer providing gritty depth.”

“suddarth's new musical, a story of hope and resurrection, and contains downright good music from her album "happy whore", the bedroom show puts inner demons to rest, moody, sometimes graphic, challenges audience”

“The Bedroom Show is a positive, passionate and cathartic exploration of an artist exposing her deepest experiences and rawest emotions in front of a live audience.”

“...one performance stood out above the rest, she mesmerized the audience with her emotional set which was both passionate and at times painful...a young man gave up his barstool, moved to the front of the room and sat entranced on the floor in front of the stage and said "this is one of the sexiest songs i've ever heard", her performance was visceral...”

"she could sing her way out of glass jar with some impressive and powerful vocals, seamlessly shifting from a soulful growl to a falsetto Minnie Riperton would envy."

““Gasoline,” which has been getting some radio play. The track showcases Suddarth’s powerfully defiant vocals against a spooky mix of banjo and mandolin. The mando and banjo return for the gentle “White Mt. Beauty,” a charming mix of folk, gospel and bluegrass sounds that lets us enjoy the softer side of Suddarth’s raspy but engaging voice. That rasp gives songs like the bluesy “Electric Land” an earthy authenticity. “Coral Reef” is the most dynamic track as it shows off the power and range of Suddarth’s vocals, especially as she sings in an operatic Latin style that morphs into impassioned aggression. To truly appreciate this song, though, you have to see Suddarth perform it live — ideally when she’s wearing a bright pink dress and trotting around a campfire in Cedar Canyon. It’s a sight to behold.”

"Poeina Suddarth, whose rocking style was evident not only in her music and “stage” presence, but also her brilliantly pink dress."

"Happy Whore is a phenomenal, phenomenal cd. It should be in everybody's collection. You should listen to it often. It's beautiful."

"Often evoking another era with seductive, soulful vocals and modern blues rhythms, all barely cradled by country; Suddarth’s powerful pipes, sensuous lyrics, and bold arrangements win your love for Happy Whore"

“Poeina has been crafting her talent on stages across the US and has performed with many talented and notable musicians over the last fifteen years. Poeina is teaming up with unison music as tour manager for the for the label's new act the baron sisters. With her experience on the road she will not only be the tour manager but performing as the opener for the positive thinker tour July 2012. Poeina will bring along her newly released solo album titled "happy whore".”

“Poeina Suddarth = Honey Honey + Amy Winehouse + Janis Joplin Poeina Suddarth’s vocal range is insane. Her sharp-yet-sweet voice travels everywhere from upbeat skit-skat jazz on “Natural Disaster,” all the way to relaxed grass-plains country sounds on “Gasoline” and “White Mr. Beauty.” In many instances, her voice sounds a lot like Hayley Williams of Paramore, though she masterfully dives into spaces Williams wouldn’t dare go. The real lobe-lasher is “Coral Reef,” where Suddarth squeals out high-pitched operatic vocals over rich acoustic cross-picking—I’m still pulling glass shards from my ears, but it hurts good. Tracks like “A Man Like Me” and “Hey Sister” are dressed in a lightly grim, heart-aching atmosphere (call her Edgar Allen Poeina) that adds excellent dynamic tension. Overall, Suddarth has cultivated an intriguing vibe with a little bit of everything; it’s lustrous, eclectic, and damn sexy. If Poeina Suddarth is a happy whore, I’m a happy cl”

“It’s harder to play guitar when your digits are cold. But singer/songwriter Poeina Suddarth soldiers through in this edition of Chuck Johnson’s Humboldt Live Sessions. She and Yogoman Burning Band trumpeter Thomas Deakin made their way up Horse Mountain for a performance of the song “White Mountain Beauty.” Bundle up and press play.”

"beautiful and fabulously talented singer/songwriter"

"someone who has truly lived and conquered their fears so that she could release her unique voice and message into the world"

"Poeina Suddarth’s hauntingly beautiful vocals"

"she plays “subdued thrasher bluegrass,” but I’d call it alt. chanteuse, or better yet just forget pigeonholing — she’s good."

"a sorrowful hook colored vividly by Poeina Suddarth"

“well-chosen cast of featured vocalists and rappers rounds out ANX...Poeina Suddarth and Reva DeVito reprise their excellent performances from Vessel with equally inspired features on "I'll Be Damned" and "Never Cry Wolf"”