ALEXIS P SUTER BAND
Alexis P. Suter is the owner of that big, booming voice you can hear roaring out of Brooklyn into the heart of North America and beyond. The Alexis P. Suter Band are on the rise as accolades pour in and they continue to captivate audiences from town to town.
APSB are a powerful and unique 5 piece ensemble who artfully blend the lines between Blues, Soul and Rock music. Alexis' voice ranges from a pained passion to explosive and soul bearing. Her band is also on fire manned by the power trio of Bennett, Bennett and Grappone. Jimmy Bennett is a guitar phenomenon with a fierce and ferocious tone. Drummer Ray Grappone and Peter Bennett on bass lay down the groove like a heavy duty Rhythm and Blues machine. Along with the trio is the very talented backing vocalist Vicki Bell.
When the great Bluesman B.B. King first heard Alexis sing, he was visibly impressed and said so after her opening set for him at BB Kings in NYC. Shaking his head in wonder in his characteristic way, he remarked….
“It’s a rare thing to share the stage with great talent like that young lady.”
Alexis and the band have earned similar honors from other well-known musicians and performers, including Dan Aykroyd and Levon Helm of The Band. Suter and her band have been blazing trails and taking their music to festivals and venues both nationally and internationally.
Their upcoming new recording "All For Loving You" takes modern blues in new directions, pushing the form just a bit beyond its normal boundaries with Suter's powerful, deep soulful voice charging forward. The new album is produced by Ben Elliott and APSB. Elliott is a master of his craft and has produced albums for blues legends Hubert Sumlin and James Cotton, and has recorded rock and roll greats Eric Clapton and Keith Richards to name just a few.
The band burst on to the music scene as regular performers in the late nineties at Levon Helm’s legendary Midnight Rambles in Woodstock, NY. Levon was captured by what he called Alexis’ wonderful spirit and had the band open for him nearly 100 times.
"She is one of those wonderful spirits, she's got her arms around you; you can feel that”
As special guest openers for The Levon Helm Band, they played to sold-out audiences at the Beacon Theater, Bethel Woods Center For The Arts, The Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ and Central Park’s Summerstage.
Since then, APSB have been in high demand at North American Roots and Blues festivals, venues and events. They were privileged enough to open for BB King several times at his club in New York as well as Etta James.
At the highly prestigious Blues Music Awards, Alexis was nominated for The Koko Taylor Vocalist in 2015 and for Best Soul/Blues Female Vocalist in 2013. Presented by The Blues Foundation in Memphis TN.
Television appearances include Legends, IMUS in the Morning and The Artie Lange Show.
Their song "Ride, Ride" was featured in the national commercial for howstuffworks.com.
They have been featured on countless on- air LIVE radio performances and interviews across the USA. “All Over Again” from their release“Two Sides” was named NPR’s “Song Of The Day".
Their song "In The City" was included on the Second Volume of the "Songs After Sandy" compilation series (songsaftersandy.com) along with Sir Paul McCartney and Dave Stewart (Eurythmics).
"Love The Way You Roll”, released in 2014 also produced by Ben Elliott and APSB, debuted on The Living Blues Charts at #22 and maintained the #1 spot on the Roots Music Reports Blues/Rock charts for 21 weeks and for 6 months remained on the chart for a total of 57 weeks.
APSB have 6 full length releases to date to their credit; "Love The Way You Roll" 2014 (American Showplace Music), “Two Sides” 2011 (Hipbone), “Live at the Turning Point” 2010 (Festivalink), “Just Another Fool” 2009 (Hipbone), "Live at the Midnight Ramble" 2008 (Levon Helm Studios) and “Shuga Fix” 2005 (Hipbone). Their recordings have received much praise from radio and publications alike including Blues Revue, Living Blues, Downbeat, Elmore, Blues Blast, Blues Matters,Blues 411, Big City Rhythm and Blues and The Examiner.
"All For Loving You", their current CD was released on June 17. 2016.