Swamp Cabaret: A Conversation with Suze Lanier-Bramlett
Suze Lanier-Bramlett has a story to tell.
A story that has taken her on a journey that’s included time in the theater, television, movies, music and photography.
Chances are, if you’ve been exposed to any of these mediums you’ve most likely encountered her and may not have even known it.
Horror fans know her as Brenda Carter from the first “The Hills Have Eyes” movie. The cult classic that made her the original “Scream Queen“.
Television enthusiasts might remember her for a number of roles she’s played over the years including a stint as John Travolta’s girlfriend on “Welcome Back Kotter”.
Musicians know her for her soulful voice and being the wife of Delaney Bramlett, one of the greatest songwriters ever.
But dig a little deeper and you really get to know what makes this amazing woman tick.
Suze’s latest album, “Swamp Cabaret” is the story of her life thus far. Its also a reflection of her own one woman show in sequence. From her life as a “B Movie Star” to the day she almost made it to Woodstock. With enough blues and cabaret mixed in to appeal to a variety of music lovers.
In my interview with Suze, we’ll discuss “Swamp Cabaret”, her loving relationship and songwriting partnership with Delaney Bramlett, her love of photography and of course “The Hills Have Eyes”. She even dishes on her latest movie project: “Cut!” where she has the challenge of playing herself.
goJimmygo (gJg): It is such a pleasure to speak with you! How are you and how’s your new CD doing?
Suze Lanier-Bramlett (SLB): I’m doing really good. You know, we’re getting some very nice airplay both here and in Europe. The European enthusiasm is surprising and exciting.
gJg: When I first wanted to speak with you it was about the 35th Anniversary of “The Hills Have Eyes”. Then I started digging a little deeper and found out that in addition to your TV, film and music careers, you’re also a successful photographer too. Tell me a little bit about your photography.
SLB: I’ve always kind of been led through the universe in a spiritual sort of way and photography was actually a blessing. My acting career had been slowing down a bit in the 80′s and I had a son to raise. So I started thinking about other things I could do besides act because I hadn’t really done anything else since I was fifteen years old.Continued on the next page