The Guardian : Jamie Suttle is a new sound in country

Posted: June 17, 2015 by Kimberly Weiss in Band/Artist/Project News, Local Music News
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Alan Hieber, Contributing Writer

This Dayton based singer/songwriter with roots from Kentucky sets herself apart within the country music genre. Growing up in Kentucky, Jamie Suttle had a multitude of musical influences that are present in the South like R&B, blues, soul and gospel.



Suttle records at In The Red Recording in Dayton, which was opened and is run by her husband Chris Suttle. Studio musicians working there were friends of Suttle, which was a connection that sparked the eventual recording of her first album, “This Is My Story.” Something clicked after Suttle recorded a single with her friends and the process to record the album followed shortly thereafter.

“We didn’t expect anything to come of it, but we had a great time playing together and writing together. We just decided to make it happen,” Suttle said.

Suttle writes and records songs that have a deep personal connection, which can create an awkward situation at times.

“When you play in a band with your husband and his friends sometimes that can be a little awkward depending on what you’re singing about.”

“I think they’re a huge part of the reason that it turned out the way it did. It’s fun because I am playing with my best friends,” Suttle said. “It’s really cool having them on stage together because we all know each other well enough to know what the next move is going to be.”

Writing lyrics that have a personal connection acts as a method of therapy, according to Suttle.

“For me writing is definitely therapeutic,” Suttle said. “I would say I just take from my personal life or if I have a friend that is going through something, I take from how they feel and write about it because I think that it’s important to say something in your music.”

The other members of Suttle’s band have influences in rock, which she mixes her various musical roots with to create an alternative country sound. This was demonstrated in her album. Suttle prides herself on breaking away from the stereotypical image of country as one uniform genre.

“I don’t really fit the same standard mold that I feel like sometimes society sets for country music in general. I did want each track on the album to sound different,” Suttle said. “I wanted to be able to showcase all of the musicians that were playing and just the feel for the song.”

Aside from combining elements of different genres, Suttle adds a further distinction with an organic sound that is not synthesized or programmed. The organic sound of stomping and clapping was used in place of percussion in Suttle’s song, “Ms. Adeline.”

“I think we like everything to be raw and organic because that’s the place that I write from. I want the sound to mirror that,” Suttle said. “I don’t just want to be another standard act because I’m not.”

Suttle works at the Wright State box office and has involved students and faculty in several of her projects.

Find out more about Suttle’s activities at Wright State and read the rest of this article:
The Guardian : Jamie Suttle is a new sound in country

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