Susan Royal of Syracuse is a drummer, multi-instrumentalist, singer , composer, producer and a member of the Americana rock band The Shakedown. Royal was a member of the SAMMY award winning CJack Run R&B Revue in the mid-1990’s.
In 2008 she recorded percussion and vocals with singer-songwriter, guitarist Kevin Kelly at Melrose Studio in Hollywood, California on a tune called Noble Cause for a compilation of songs titled United States of Consciousness. While playing with her band The Shakedown, Susan has recorded with the famous producer Doug Easley on songs from the band’s debut disc titled Wild & Free in Memphis, TN. Royal also performed and recorded with The Shakedown at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, TN. In 2011 The Shakedown shared the main stage at The Taste of Syracuse with southern blues rock icon Gregg Allman.
Susan also plays drums often locally with The Barndogs Plus, an Allman Brothers Band tribute project that has opened up for many festival acts including Blues Traveler, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Outlaws.