Hot Rod Lady
Susan Santos backstory
Based in Madrid, Susan Santos is a self-taught, left-handed guitarist.
She writes songs that reflect her signature blend of rhythm and textures: the Spaniard’s a creative force and a truly unique artist.
The gifted singer songwriter has spent years honing her craft on the blues rock scene and performs at festivals throughout Europe, Mexico, and America.
Santos has shared the stage with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and releases sixth long player Sonora on April 5.
She’s the winner of Best Musician Performance at the 2018 European Blues Awards and Best Female Album at the 2019 LA Critics’ Awards.
But many predict the best is yet to come from one of the first ladies of modern blues rock.
In Susan Santos’s own words
“The song begins with a powerful riff with baritone guitar. It’s a rock blues mix with a modern sound.
“Hot Rod Lady 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.”
The verdict on Hot Rod Lady
As the alluring title suggests, this is a fast-paced, feisty and no-holds-barred blast of sassy blues rock.
Santos’s sensational fretwork is an extension of her husky tone as the ultimate Hot Rod Lady braves the desert to turn up the heat.
A teasing storyteller and talented musician, the sparky Spaniard excels on the first taste of forthcoming album Sonora.
And it’s the guitar that’s the real star.
It looks like lefties really do have all the fun. Santos sizzles on Hot Rod Lady: she’s on the fast track to make 2024 her own.
What’s next for Susan Santos
A headline tour of Spain kicks off next month with a hometown show at Madrid’s Sala El Sol.
Eight-track album Sonora drops on April 5. Twenty-four hours later Santos appears at Finland’s Grand Blues Festival in Lahti.