“Susan B B Schabacker’s (Susan BoYoung Bailey’s) music is difficult to describe because, like Susan, it doesn’t necessarily fit into conventional categories.
Highly creative and completely original, the music she makes is a combination of eclectic and diverse influences, genres and sounds brought together by her beautiful, generous and passionate heart. Inspiring.
And, although the music may be difficult to describe, it’s easy to see why Susan’s artistry continues to connect with a growing community of musicians and music lovers. “
Hit Like A Girl Contest, Drum Summit, Stick Together
“Susan B. B. Schabacker (Susan BoYoung Bailey) is a creative, multi-skilled musician and multi-instrumentalist who manages to interweave a broad, limitless amount of styles and genres into one, as a humanitarian voice for the voiceless.
One can’t help think that the world needs more brave artists like her who are willing to direct interest towards helping the underprivileged that more artists should take up on.
Her music is raw and refined at the same time, and she uses electronic as well as acoustic elements. Her lyrics are poetic, honest and unpretentious. She is also creative in other fields than music; besides being a beautiful model, she is also a interesting writer and author.
We enjoyed performing at another Down Home Music Festival (our 2nd) and the official 3rd at The Gary Maverick Farm in Reidsville, NC on October 2, 2021. The skies were sunny and blue, as they shone down on us, the enthusiastic and encouraging audience, and the green pastures were horses roamed freely.
Here are the originals and covers Songs by Susan performed:
“A Missing Link,” “Someone Like You” – Adele (cover) ,“ All Critters, Creatures, and Creations,” “For Us,” “When You Say Nothing at All” – Ronan Keating (cover), “Hope For a Better Life,” “Prayed For Someone Like You,” “It’s Your Love” – Tim Mcgraw, “Opportunity Knocks,” “Photograph,” – Ed Sheeran (cover), “Your Turn,” “Glimpses,” and “Starving Artist.”
Special thanks to Gary Maverick for inviting us, Richard Phillips for helping us capture all the audio and footage, to the local musical talent I shared the stage with: Songs by Susan 3 piece with Nicole on violin and Garfield (Ben) on bass and to The Gary Maverick Band (with Artimus Pyle), photographer/videographer, and everyone else involved at the Down Home Music Festival.
Had to share the cool captures – some of LIVE footage and behind-the-scenes – of the 3rd Down Home Music Festival. Special thanks to photographer/videographer/forever friend, Richard Phillips.
And, here is some of my photography of The Gary Maverick Band with Artimus Pyle. Thanks also for your support of SBBS Photography @SBBSPhotography on FB + IG
Though it’s been several years since we all shared the stage together, performing with The Spencers 3-piece band around the Piedmont Triad (mainly WS, GSO, and KSV), we are happy to be back in action. We are looking forward to reuniting and sharing another show together in the Down Home Music Festival local line up. Special thanks to Gary Maverick of The Gary Maverick Band (with Artimus Pyle) for including us.
My first female drummer/percussionist/violinist, Nicole Andres, will be making the rounds, performing with both The Spencers and Songs by Susan, accompanying Ben on bass and me on acoustic guitar with vocals on her violin.
And, Artimus took a brief break from his usual drum throne to take the mic and share “Sweet Home Alamaba,” with a sweet “Sweet Home Carolina” version that many of the ladies in the crowd (including myself) danced to. Here’s another song that Artimus blew us away with vocals on, as he rocked it out with the tambourine. The ladies and I couldn’t help but move and groove to it. I may not have officially started a flash mob, but I did try to get the other ladies to join in.
Here is the current line up schedule for the LIVE music at the Down Home Music Festival this Saturday, October 2nd at The Gary Maverick Farm. 1.) The Spencers (noon-1:00)
2.) Songs by Susan (with Ben and Nicole) (1:30-2:30)
Alongside happy horses, grazing freely in the pasture and a thriving garden of veggies, we will share our love for music and passion for performing! Our genre/style will be country/folk/Americana, a perfect fit for this country setting. I’ve seem to have adopted somewhat of a southern accent, having transplanted to NC from NM (and growing up in the New England) and enjoy sounding (and feeling) quite country, at times!
Also performing: The Marshall Pyle Band (with Granpappy) and my first female drummer’s/violinist’s 3-piece band, The Spencers. Have shared a lot of shows with The Spencers, performing folk rock originals and covers with my 3- 5-piece backing band. Garfield Brownson (Ben Brunnson) will be also be joining us again on bass and Nicole on violin for our 45 min-1 hour set.
You can email me (SBBSMusic@gmail.com) for more details about this show if you want to come out. I’ll share the address and other details. We always welcome friends, fans, and followers!
Down Home is an all-day music festival (from 12 noon-8 pm), and either The Spencers or we will be opening, so we hope you’ll arrive there before noon. Down Home is also an album by The Gary Maverick Band (with Artimus Pyle) you can check out here on YouTube. I was happy and honored to include two of the original songs from their Down Home album on my 7th album, Growing Seeds in Mama’s Garden of Love to support Salem Pregnancy mothers and babies in our community. FYI- I’m actually still in the process of adding more songs to this special album, so keep checking back for updates and thanks always for your support and encouragement of my musical mission!
I have to admit that at times I get a little jealous of the richest international artists, like Enya and Rihanna, who don’t ever have to worry about not having enough money. I admire them and think they deserve to be successful and fame and fortune, but it feels unfair sometimes because of how hard I work on my music! BTW – I’m not trying to be famous, but I would def settle for being rich and realize that it won’t happen overnight. I’ll be so happy and honored when I can actually make a living in music.
Please don’t get me wrong because I’m not ungrateful. I’m thankful for every little bit I have and also always for support and encouragement. I know I wouldn’t be here or in a better place at all without my faith, family, and friends.
I wanted to release this original song I wrote about this “Starving Artist (Acoustic Version)” that’s short, simple, and sweet now because it’s how I’ve felt and also been. But, my financial situation and current life struggles are only temporary, and I’ve made a pact to move forward and make improvements as much as possible, ASAP.
“Starving Artist” (Capo 5) – Susan B.B. Schabacker
Been waiting dozens of tables
Sometimes I feel like I’m livin in a fable
The tips don’t add up like I want them to
C D G
And sometimes it feels like nobody knows what the hell I go through
Am D G
Life is hard there’s no denying it
Am D G
Sometimes I feel like a starving artist
Am D G
And I feel young and poor
Am D G
And I feel young and poor
The guitar case is open
So why don’t you throw some change in (tyvm, y’all!)
Good news! The seeds are still cultivated and continue to grow in Mama’s metaphoric garden, Mama’s Garden of Love. We are in still in the process of wrapping up with songs (creative collaborations + compilation contributions) to include on Susan’s 7th album, Growing Seeds in Mama’s Garden of Love. Keep your ears and eyes out for more special songs!
Local singer/songwriter/guitarist, Sean Michael Kaye, contributed one of his original recordings “Sweet Caroline,” a single from his upcoming self-titled EP, to help support Salem Pregnancy. Produced by Grammy Award-Winner Chuck Ebert, the new pop/rock artist features the essence of Matchbox 20, Gavin Degraw, and John Mayer, but with a distinctive ‘one of a kind’ Sean Michael Kaye sound. “Sean’s vocals and songwriting are definitely a winning combination for this modern rocker,” says Ebert. “Guy’s got talent and I can’t wait to hear more!” Keep in the loop with more music updates on Sean’s music on his Facebook music page: @seanmichaelkayeofficial
I had to include my musical ex-boyfriend’s, TJ Volgare’s birthday love song for me, “Rosewater Girl (Acoustic Version),” that we performed at the Down Home Music Festival together on Memorial Day this year. This was the first song I’ve had created for me and felt very special, loved, and appreciated. From gardens that grow wherever I go (on every tight rope to cemeteries to the halls of death row) to sharing rainbows on my guitar, I love the sincerity, symbolism, and vividness of his lyrics. Side note: TJ’s original version was on capo 2, but this acoustic version I’m sharing is on capo 6. You can hear his band’s, St. Anthony and The Mystery Train’s album, Funeral Songs, here on their Bandcamp page. This album was produced, Tracked, and Mixed Live by Ryan Pickett ( “My Morning Jacket”) at “Pickett’s Gym” in Durham, N.C.
SONGS BY SUSAN AND TJ DOWN HOME MUSIC FEST SET LIST:
1. “Home in My Heart” – Tribute on my 7th album for mothers (Growing Seeds in Mama’s Garden of Love) with a unbreakable bond of unconditional love for their baby girls, princesses in their own rite, who will always be in their hearts.
2. “Reflections in Your Eyes” – When your eyes just see tomorrow, how can you see the sun today? Do you ever watch the sunrise and moonrise? Don’t you worry come what may now. You’re livin for today. Reflections of past, present, and future are in your eyes.
3. “Broken Heart Bleed”- An Emmylou Harris inspired song about a broken heart that bleeds, but sometimes may be all that you need.
4. “Dear Mama” – Tender true letter to Mama, prayerfully pleading with God for suffering and struggles to subside. He draws closer to his God and his Mother in this deeply stirring original by TJ Volgare.
5. “My Heart Beating” – Our hearts beats on like drums, memories linger, and I hold on to the faith and hope that somehow, someday, I will see you again.
6. “Sweep Me Into Love” A Bob Dylan inspired love song about waiting for love to find me. They say you should never look for it. Sweep me into love. Gently tell me the truth from the inside, as you whisper that sacred phrase. A longing to be swept, like a summer breeze blowing into autumn leaves, into euphoric love that drifts on effortlessly like a cloud.
7. “Rosewater Gal”- For my 36th birthday this year I was pleasantly surprised with the gift of my bf, TJ, and this special song he wrote for me that’s a fav of both of ours and a very romantic, creative present. Dancing in Van Gogh blue lighting, from rosewater to rainbows to gardens that grow wherever I go (including on every tight rope, cemeteries, and halls through Death Row), I feel very special and appreciated. I come alive and I don’t need to be a big star. Just put who we are in Rosewater’s guitar.
8. “Happiness is Everywhere” – Embrace and enjoy nature with all your senses, find beauty all around, and happiness is everywhere!
I was happy and honored that Mr. Artimus acknowledged me with extra applause from our audience members. That 70-something man (who drums like a 30-something) is an inspiration who can sure rock it out on drums, but he sure blew me away with his vocal abilities, also!
Hand that man a pair of drumsticks and a mic and look out world!!! Some of the ladies in the crowd and I had fun dancing to this Lynard Skynard song, and singing along to the Carolina version, “Sweet Home Carolina.”
First off, thanks to Ken Hauser and Dr. Jon at our beloved local radio station on Trade St. in downtown WS: WTOB (980 AM + 96.3 FM) Radio for providing this special connection.
Special thanks to musical talent I shared the stage with TJ on guitar and vocals, Nicole on Artimus’s custom Mapex drums/cajon/violin, and Ben on bass and to Dean for recording our Down Home LIVE audio, Gary and Artimus (The Artimus Pyle Band) and The Gary Maverick Band, photographer Richard Phillips, Lynard Skynard, and everyone else involved with this special music festival that took place at the Gary Maverick farm on Memorial Day, May 31, 2021.
Also joining us in the local line up were Artimus’s son, Marshall (Granpappy), a solo act and Generations band. Special thanks to Tim and Sandy from local music store, Love That Music , for their support and for providing sound equipment. Also, the Alvarez acoustic guitar I’m playing is for sale there, among many other guitars! And one more shout out to music lover and friend, Baxter, who wore a “Music Is My Life” shirt that day and manned our merch.
It’s been since last year before COVID-19, summer of 2019, when we had our last show with Susan and Hans at AFAS (Art For Arts Sake). We’re grateful and glad to be able to come together in public and finally get reconnected with LIVE music.
Monday’s weather looks beautiful and it is a holiday so, all those that can join us, let’s have some fun. The Gary Maverick Band with Artimus Pyle, Songs by Susan (opening from 12 pm noon-12:30 pm) and TJ, GranPappy, Generations,Wristband (maybe) are included in the local lineup. We are thankful, with special thanks to Gary, for the opportunity to be included in this special local line up.
Look forward to a beautiful sunny day filled with music, laughter, dancing, good food and drink. We hope to see you there!! Here is the Facebook event invite. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the table on Mon. Concessions, like hot dogs, water, beer, and wine are available for purchase.
Hope to see y’all there! Thanks for your support and encouragement.
With close friends, who have suffered and struggled with cancer, it goes without saying that I’m committed to combatting cancer through my musical mission and combatting cancer with creative contributions.
This song was inspired by beautiful believer and powerful prayer warrior, Tammy, who I envision in angelic glowing light, dancing oh so gracefully with flowing scarf in hands, so freely. In actuality, she may be confined to the hospital for 4-6 weeks in intensive chemo, followed by a marrow transplant, but she’s one helluva fighter! My heart and prayers go out to this lovely lady.
I consider this as a ripple effect, metaphorically. I hope to make a steady splash, offering these 2 original singles initially and creating larger waves with an upcoming album we are planning, to support cancer awareness and research.
I am truly happy and honored to support the NFCR and One Mission with combined humanitarian efforts to further cancer research, promote awareness, and support kids with cancer.