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Susan Werner

Falcon Ridge at 25

by John Platt
Jake Jacobson

Falcon Ridge isn't Newport. That's both a blessing and a curse. Where the Newport Folk Festival sells out 10,000 tickets instantly, the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival draws maybe a third of that. Where Newport attracts headliners like Beck, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, and Trombone Shorty, Falcon Ridge's headliners are the likes of Dar Williams, Ellis Paul, and Susan Werner. In the last few years Newport has booked hot young bands like The Lumineers, The Avett Brothers, and David Wax Museum, while Falcon Ridge has missed the boat on them.

Susan Werner - Sunday Breakfast - 2013

by John Platt

Susan Werner has released a series of critically-praised concept albums: original songs modeled on the American popular songbook, "agnostic gospel" songs, covers of pop songs from the late '60s/early '70s with classical string arrangements. Her latest CD, "Hayseed," may be her most personal album, though, inspired by her parents' decision to sell the family farm in Iowa. On her sixth visit to the Sunday Breakfast, Susan shared her love of the land and some songs from the album in a session that's smart, funny, and sometimes moving.

DJ Archive Picks: Over The Rhine, Susan Werner, The Kennedys/Red Molly, Bruce Cockburn

by John Platt
John Platt with The Kennedys and Red Molly

The Kennedys/Red Molly: November 1, 2007

I've enjoyed many sessions with both The Kennedys (long-time friends of FUV) and Red Molly (the trio formed at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in 2004), but have special fondness for this 2007 session when Pete and Maura Kennedy joined Abbie Gardner, Laurie McAllister, and Carolann Solebello in the studio, just as Red Molly was gaining popularity. They did some songs separately and then joined forces for an awesome jam on "Matty Groves."

Susan Werner - Words and Music - 2007

by John Platt
Photo by Asia Kepka
From opera to folk to jazz, Susan Werner has covered a lot of musical ground in her career, and her latest album 'The Gospel Truth' moves in yet another direction. She calls the new songs 'hymns for the spiritually ambivalent' and visited WFUV to explain further, in an interview with John Platt.

Susan Werner - Words and Music - 2009

by John Platt
Singer-songwriter, gospel, and jazz are only a few genres explored by Susan Werner, and now she adds two more to the list with her new album 'Classics.' It's pop songs merged with classical pieces and sung by Susan's versatile voice, and she also used that voice to talk with 'FUV's John Platt about some of the inspiration behind the project.