Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche have shared a life on the road. This Friday at The Southgate House Revival will be a special chance to see the two perform together.
Suzzy Roche is a singer/songwriter/performer/author and founding member of the singing group The Roches. She has recorded over fifteen albums, written music for TV and Film, and toured extensively for thirty years across the U.S. and Europe.
Lucy Wainwright Roche has been compared to Joni Mitchell and Patti Griffin by NPR. She is the daughter of Suzzy Roche and Loudon Wainwright III, but has her own career as a touring songwriter and recording artist, having made five solo recordings.
We were able to chat with Suzzy Roche prior to the show this Friday!
Tell us about the mother/daughter dynamic while touring together and on stage….
The dynamic while touring together has been developing since Lucy was a baby and she grew up on the road with The Roches. So, there's a lot of history there. But now she is an adult, she has forged her own artistic path and surprisingly, we have discovered that we can put our experiences together and create a show that is fun, but also serious. I think audiences find it interesting to imagine what it would be like to tour with their parent or their child. It's inconceivable to many people, but for us it's organic. Maybe the key is that we like to make sure our tours are special occasions. Lucy has her own career and so do I. So when we come together it's because we want to.
What can fans expect at the show?
Fans can expect a thoughtful night of stories and songs. I think there are a lot of laughs, but also people will hear songs they haven't heard before, and songs that are interesting. And we do some selected cover songs as well. So, hopefully, there's something for everyone in our show.
Having performed both as solo acts and together, what do you enjoy most about both sides?
I never expected that Lucy and I would be doing shows together. It happened almost by accident. I've had a long career, a wonderful career, but singing with Lucy is the cherry on top. It's fun, meaningful, and because we are playing in smaller venues, I love that I get to meet the people who are coming to hear us sing. We love to listen to podcasts in the car and because we bring Lucy's dog, Maeby with us, we get to explore all the dog parks in America.
What is next?
What's next? One step at a time. We're staying in the moment, and embracing our upcoming tour. I'm at the age when I appreciate every single show, every soulful drive, and every funny, strange thing that happens on the road. We have a lot of laughs.