Interview: Suzanne Vega
Suzanne Vega is an artist who has carved out a unique niche for herself. She's part folk-poet, introspective, usually taking on the voice of outsider looking in. But there's an attraction to her music in the pop world. I've known Suzanne for a while now and the one word for her that comes to my mind is: "intense".
She grew up in a New York Puerto Rican neighborhood, thinking she was half Puerto Rican -- and discovered at age 9 that her true birth-father was of Anglo heritage. Digging into her newfound roots, she came to a better understanding of what drives her songwriting.
As usual, Suzanne's on tour now. I had a chat with her as she was hanging backstage during a sound check before her concert at the Rosebud in Pittsburgh. As Suzanne put it, travel is in her blood.
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