Suzanne Santo and Butch Walker Duet on New Song “Better Than That”

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Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Suzanne Santo will release her solo debut album Ruby Red on August 11th. Best known as one-half of Americana duo HONEYHONEY, Santo steps out on her own for the first time and, more than 10 years into an acclaimed career, turns a new corner. Today, she released a third song from the album titled “Better Than That,” an elegant stripped-down ballad featuring a stunning duet with multi-platinum Grammy nominee Butch Walker who also produced the record.

I’ve never worked with a more selfless, motivating, and positive force who cares, first and foremost, about the music,” Santo told L.A. Weekly. “It’s not about him. I think that more often than not, producers or collaborators don’t coalesce as well. You get a little ego in the room. I just never felt that, not for one second. I’ve had great experiences, but this one is the best one.”
 
Ruby Red is caught halfway between the dark swoon of pop-noir, the raw rasp of soul music, and the honest punch of Americana. It’s an album about love, life, and lust in the modern world. A moody, fierce, melody-driven 11-song offering, Ruby Red ranges from Southern-gothic anthems to slow-burning soul ballads to explosive rockers, all anchored around Santo’s voice: an electrifying, elastic instrument that’s capable of both vulnerability and ferocity.
 Check out the leaad single “Ghost In My Bed
Before they collaborated on Ruby Red, Santo made multiple appearances on Butch Walker’s latest album Stay Gold. She joined him on the road, too, singing harmonies and playing violin, guitar, and banjo during a nationwide tour in 2016. During breaks in her touring schedule, she began diving into a different type of songwriting, looking to diverse albums by Erykah Badu, David Bowie, Townes Van Zandt, and the Alabama Shakes for inspiration. For years, she’d always been somebody else’s bandmate. This was a time to explore her own identity. To write her own music. To ignore genres and defy expectations. To determine what, exactly, she wanted to say, and find out the best way to deliver it.
 
This record is so fucking sexy, I can’t deal,” stated Butch Walker. “Proud to have been in the room when these songs were going down. Put it on and turn out the lights.
Following album release shows in August in LA and NYC, Suzanne will join former Old Crow Medicine Show co-founder Willie Watson on tour this Fall, kicking off in Louisville and hitting Chicago, Washington DC, and Philadelphia among many others.

Tour Dates:
08/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
08/23 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
09/21 – Tahlequah, OK @ Medicine Stone Festival
10/13 – Louisville, KY @ Galaxie Outer Space*
10/14 – Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark*
10/15 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bluebird*
10/17 – Newport, KY @ Southgate Revival House*
10/18 – Chicago, IL @ Old Town School of Folk Music*
10/19 – Cleveland, OH @ Music Box Supper Club*
10/20 – Lexington, KY @ The Burl*
10/21 – Columbus, OH @ the Basement*
10/23 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd*
10/25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade*
10/26 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge*
10/27 – Hudson, NY @ Club Helsinki*
10/28 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt*
10/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle*
 
* w/ Willie Watson

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