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Thursday, March 13 • 11:30pm - Friday, March 14 •12:00am
Oh Susanna

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Every artist rides the switchbacks of direct comparison before they earn the right to step into their own musical shoes and leave a customized footprint. At first, Canadian singer-songwriter Oh Susanna might have been Dylanesque with her stark intense narratives. As she developed, she was sometimes called (Gillian) Welchesque for her mountain-air monologues. Now, the time for the lazy likening of Suzie Ungerleider to anyone else has passed. With the depth of accomplishment to delight everybody that hears her, the only description for Suzie’s music can be Oh Susanna-esque. Her songwriting is immense, ghostly tales from the dark end of the street, about things not working out too well, and places you can never go back to. Her songs sound like they were lifted from old Folkways records, field recordings from back in the hills sung by a woman who has spent more than her share of time alone. She grew up a Vancouverite, not too far away from Jericho, staring at the ocean, mountains and railroad tracks through sheets of rain. She sought refuge with song under burnt-out warehouses and in darkened clubs. This singular artist stood out from the crowd from the moment she released an eponymous seven-song EP in 1997 Over the next 10 years, Oh Susanna continued to garner critical acclaim and loyal audiences around the world with Johnstown (1999), Sleepy Little Sailor (2001) and Oh Susanna (2003). Her latest album, Short Stories (2007) is a dramatic collection of songs inspired by both the lives of the people in Oh Susanna's family, and by those recorded in 20th century American writing. It shares personal fables of heroes and antiheroes as if through the lens of a documentary film. Keeping the folk, rock, and country vibes alive through her music and words, Suzie brings a special and warm presence to her live element and captures her audience with her all-knowing and feeling abilities. One feels drawn to listen to this one-woman storyteller with her simple subtleties that call out much louder than expected. "I want to communicate some kind of eerie beauty. The kind of beauty you find in folk music, in spirituals, blues and in mountain ballads. Intense and terrifying music that evokes mystery."

Thursday March 13, 2008 11:30pm - Friday March 14, 2008 12:00am CDT
The Velveeta Room 521 E 6th St

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