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February 13, 2014

High on Alexis P. Suter

UPPER JAY — The Alexis P. Suter Band blasts into town this weekend.

If you missed the bass/baritone powerhouse and her brilliant bandmates — Ray Grappone (drums), Jimmy Bennett (guitar), Benny Harrison (keys), Peter Bennett (bass) and Vickie Bell (background vocals) — the last time around, you can rectify that Saturday night at the Recovery Lounge.

If you cannot make that, or Saturday leaves you wanting more, catch the four-piece, Alexis P. Suter Gospel Review at “Live at BluStage” Sunday afternoon at BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake.

Either way, it will be a righteous experience.

Since Suter last swung this way, she and the band are working hard on a new album.

“I’ve been preparing myself for different things to come,” she said. “Things have just been lovely, blessed.”

Asked her top three highlights of 2013, the first was the Pennsylvania Blues Festival with Michael Cloeren.

“I had a 40-voice gospel choir for this particular concert,” Suter said. “That was a very big highlight for me. It comes natural to me. I grew up in the churches. I always had that connection with that type of thing. For the people that were there, it was a real, serious experience. A lot of people never expected something of that magnitude. That was one of the most awesome times that I ever had.”

Next on her list is a new album after a three-year interval.

“That’s the most awesome thing ever,” Suter said. “It’s going fantastic. It’s going to be something different than what we’ve ever done. It catches the soul, gospel and rock. It captures so many aspects of the Alexis P. Suter Band. We don’t even have a title for it. Now, that’s how fresh things are. It’s going to be a phenomenal album, and I predict it to go No. 1.”

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