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RIP Susie Mudd, Tireless Booster of Maryland Music

April 12, 2012

Susie Mudd, a fixture in the Baltimore music media for over two decades, passed away on April 4. In 1984, she began covering local music for Maryland Musician, and three years later acquired ownership of the publication, which she renamed Music Monthly. She published the free magazine until 2007, when she was sidelined by health issues that included the lung cancer that took her life last week at the age of 56.

Music Monthly was an outgrowth of Susan Elizabeth Mudd’s own passion for music, and she was a tireless lifelong supporter of the Maryland music scene covered by the magazine, which had a circulation of 90,000. “Susie was absolutely dedicated to the music and musicians of the mid-Atlantic. Seeing ‘local bands,’ although she loathed the term ‘local,’ go on to bigger successes was a huge thrill for her,” says journalist and photographer Kelly Connelly, who is Mudd’s niece and worked for many years as a Music Monthly staffer. “She forged her own path and was never afraid to voice her opinion.”

In recent years, local bands and venues threw “Susiefest” benefit concerts in support of Mudd, including one in December 2011, as she continued to promise to revive and revamp Music Monthly in the final months of her life. Mudd’s Facebook profile has played host to an outpouring of grief and remembrances from her many friends in the Baltimore music community over the past week. A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, at the family owned Peaceful Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Center at 2325 York Road in Timonium.

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