WHO IS SUKI TAWDRY?
Jeff Kettle and Barbara Ann Duffy are Suki Tawdry; "Night of Joy" is Suki Tawdry's first release (Soul Shard Records).
On the surface, the music of "Night of Joy" consists of rich vocals inspired by a much jazzier era, accompanied by clever samples from all time periods and genres of music. The album unfolds like a series of short stories all waiting to be written. Barbara has created fascinating characters through her lyrics: men and women falling in and out of love; dreaming of revenge, redemption, and angels to claim them. As her voice captures their emotional highs and lows, Jeff carefully assembles sounds that establish the environments in which these characters live. "Night of Joy" draws in listeners, asking for repeated plays - no one will catch all the complexities of the music on the first try.
Jeff draws from a diverse musical background in creating the music of Suki Tawdry. His first release, "Organized Tours" on free Sound Recordings (Lexington, KY) was in 1995. Next, he joined forced with LA based band Menthol Hill (members include alumni of Fear, the Dickies, Francis Gumm, and the Motels) contributing with bass, slide guitar, and musical saw. With this background and experience, he next turned his attention to making a sample based record...
And that's where Barbara came in. Having sung and performed for numerous performance-art projects around LA, she was looking for a more structured project to showcase her talents with. Currently, she showcases her other talents as a traditionally trainer luchadora with renowned LA burlesque and mexican wrestling troupe Lucha Va Voom as well as in a myriad of other creative outlets , and it is this experience and comfort with the stage that gives her the ability to live the songs she sings, on record and for the audience.
Suki Tawdry has also employed the valuable assistance of Devics (Bella Union) frontman Dustin O'Halloran and Lorenzo Buhne (Fear, the Dickies) for "Night of Joy".
This CD marks the inaugural release of Soul Shard Records. It hit radio May 13th, 2003, and under the dedicated promotion of Athens, GA based Team Clermont, charted in the top 100 with CMJ.