Meet Your NYS Music Staff: Writer Susan Rice

Susan Rice has been a staff writer for for a little over a year. Her love for music started at a young age from her parents who filled her childhood home with song, dance and love. They always encouraged her exploration of all things music, signing her up for chorus, piano/drum lessons, and attending many of her school musicals. Her first concert was with her family at Madison Square Garden to see Billy Joel and Elton John in 2002 on their “Face to Face” Tour, bringing to life all the classic hits she had loved on her many family road trips.

susan riceBefore catching the bus to high school each morning, Susan had the morning ritual of enjoying breakfast in front of the television and watching the top 20 music videos of the week on VH1 or MTV. It was one morning when she saw/heard “No Such Thing” by John Mayer and became intrigued by the acoustic guitar. She quickly took up guitar lessons afterwards and joined the AV Club, where she learned about the history of music starting in the 60’s and 70s. Susan went through a diverse phase, as does everyone growing up, with a heavy influence from her peers in school and in college. Throughout the years, she attended a handful of Dave Matthews Band shows as well as John Mayer, Maroon 5 and O.A.R.

After graduating college, Susan began working in a bakery with a kitchen staff that had a love for the jamband scene. A lifelong friend took her to her first Phish show on June 19th, 2010 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center and a co-worker took to her first moe. show that December at the Washington Armory, introducing her to a massive network of dance crazed, thrill seeking friends. 2011 was a monumental year for Susan as she experienced a great love and an even greater loss of a dear loved one, who passed suddenly in late August. Desperate to “feel” again, she started attending local shows in the capital area more often, where lucky enough, you can find live music every night of the week. Since joining in 2012, Susan has covered everything from small shows to big name festivals all over the East Coast. It has given her a greater sense of self, redirecting Susan to the pursuit of happiness, which in her case turns out to be music.

Susan’s Musical Bucketlist includes Huey Lewis and the News, Talking Heads, The Black Keys, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, Pork Tornado, Eric Clapton, Dragonforce, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Alabama Shakes, Old Crow Medicine Show, U-Melt, Mumford & Sons, and Phil Lesh & Friends with Trey Anastasio.

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