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Celebrated Spanish Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Susan Santos Releases 'Hot Rod Lady' The First Single From Upcoming Album


By Stevie Connor. Photo Credit: Juan Pérez-Fajardo.



Celebrated Spanish guitarist and singer songwriter Susan Santos is pleased to announce the release of her new studio album “Sonora” on 5 April 2024. Released Friday 12 January, the first single and accompanying music video is "Hot Rod Lady". The music video was filmed at Joshua Tree National Park in California. "Hot Rod Lady" begins with a powerful riff with baritone guitar. It’s a rock blues mix with a modern sound. The song tells the story of a woman who drives through the desert and breaks all the speed limits. She quenches her thirst with cans of beer that she drinks in one gulp. She squeezes the empty cans and throws them to the side of the road. Always under the hypnotic roar of the engine and the modified amps, the only way to keep her sanity is by leaving a vast trail of dust, lovers, broken hearts, and empty bottles in her wake.


Sonora” is Santos’ sixth studio album. The album title encapsulates the overall vibe that permeates throughout the eight songs. Although each of the album tracks vary in style, they all share a common thread – the desert. Sonora is the first that that Santos fully identities in more ways than one. The album is diverse and encompasses guitar styles that ranges from Western to psychedelia. “Sonora” was recorded at Black Betty Studios, Madrid, and is produced by Santos and Jose Nortes.


All songs. composed by Susan Santos, were recorded as a trio featuring David Salvador (bass) and Juli El Lento (drums). Santos sang lead vocals and played electric, baritone, and acoustic guitars, banjo, and theremin.


Sonora” is the album of the desert, and the desert people. The songs tell stories ranging from survival, thirst, outlaws, escape, and freedom against a backdrop of scorpions, lizards, and roadrunners. Before listening, it is highly recommended to embark on your road journey with a full tank, and don’t pick up any hitchhikers.


Based in Madrid, Susan Santos is a passionate, self-taught left-hand guitarist. She writes her own songs that reflect her signature blend of rhythm and textures. She is a creative force in the guitar world, and a truly unique artist in her own right. The gifted Spanish guitarist and singer songwriter has spent years performing in famous establishments and venues, and numerous festivals throughout Europe, Mexico, and America.


She has shared the stage with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and won “Best Musician Performance” at the 2018 European Blues Awards, and “Best Female Album” at the 2019 LA Critics’ Awards.



SUSAN SANTOS – 2024 “SONORA” TOUR

WEDNESDAY 7 FEBRUARY 2024

EL SOL

Madrid, Spain

THURSDAY 8 FEBRUARY 2024

ROCK&BLUES

Zaragoza, Spain

FRIDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2024

CORLEONE

Sabiñánigo, Spain

SATURDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2024

CAFÉ DEL TEATRE

Lleida, Spain

SUNDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2024

UPLOAD

Barcelona

SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2024

ZIZURKIL FESTIVAL

Guipuzcoa, Spain

THURSDAY 14 MARCH 2024

SALA X

Barcelona, Spain

FRIDAY 15 MARCH 2024

SALA EL PELICANO

Cadiz, Spain

SATURDAY 16 MARCH 2024

SALA LOUIE LOUIE

Estepona (Malaga), Spain

THURSDAY 21 MARCH 2024

16 TONELADAS

Valencia, Spain

FRIDAY 22 MARCH 2024

LA GRAMOLA

Orihuela, Spain

SATURDAY 23 MARCH 2024

SALA MARTE

Malaga, Spain

SATURDAY 6 APRIL 2024

GRAND BLUES FESTIVAL

Lahti, Finland





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