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Susan Kane: Bio

New York based Americana songwriter Susan Kane released her third CD in November 2012.  Titled A Word Child, its eclectic tracks address timeless and universal themes of love, loss, and hope. In addition to original compositions, there are covers of some famous writers and some lesser known. Produced again by Billy Masters, it was recorded primarily in Austin, Texas, and features many gifted musicians including: bass player Zev Katz, pedal steel artist Bob Hoffnar, fiddler Warren Hood, percussionist Ben Wittman, vocals from Jess Klein, bass player Glenn Fukunaga, drummer Marco Giovino (Robert Plant Band), and others. A Word Child borrows its name from the title of an Iris Murdoch novel, and features beautifully produced arrangements with carefully crafted harmonies and just right instrumentation to suit the nuances of each song. The CD is enjoying an excellent response from the radio world, as did her two previous releases, which were well received and enjoyed extensive and long-lived radio play around the world. In early December 2012, it was one of the top 5 added CDs to the Americana radio chart, and also debuted at number 23 on the Cashbox Magazine/Roots Music Report’s Folk Top 50 chart. Noted songwriter, producer and PBS Nova composer Rob Morsberger says  “It's not the stellar production, or the 'A' list players on this album that matter; it's the songwriting, and the self-assured narrative voice, and the clear bellwether tones of Susan Kane...never overwrought, nor seeking attention. Drawing from the well, and finding beauty.”

2008’s Highway Bouquet was featured as Album of the Week in April 2009 on Iain Anderson’s BBC Radio Scotland show, and which also chose her song “Ring the Bells” from that album to celebrate the rescue of the Chilean miners in October 2010.“Susan Kane is the real thing. Highway Bouquet [is] chock-full of great songs and great singing..,” Michael Ruby, Chronogram Magazine. Susan has played at a wide variety of well-known venues and festivals in the New York area, including the Towne Crier Café, the Bitter End, the Pleasantville Music Festival, the Huntington Folk Festival, and the Tarrytown Music Hall. She has shared bills with such diverse artists as Pete Seeger, Garnet Rogers, Sloan Wainwright, the late Terence Martin and Catie Curtis. An active member of the local music scene, she is a past president of Tribes Hill, a Hudson Valley collective of independent musicians. 

John Platt, host of “Sunday Breakfast” on WFUV-FM in New York, selected her to perform in the Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ Showcase during the 2008 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference.

Born in New York and raised in various suburban locations by artistically inclined parents in New Jersey, Kane was drawn to music at an early age, but wandered away from her mother’s conservatory piano repertoire to the homespun vibes of acoustic folk and twangy country music. The arrival of Bob Dylan and equal time for folk music and its offshoots on Top Forty radio and pop music outlets of the time called to her. “My mom is actually from Wheeling, West Virginia, home of WWVA and its legendary Jamboree USA country music show. Bill Monroe and Hank Williams must have had osmotic powers.” Coming to songwriting later in life gives one time to process everything. Something old, something new: the old bridal rhyme is the perfect recipe for songwriting. If you follow her on Twitter, you’ll find she admits to digging in the dirt, reading books [the paper kind, preferably] and digging the Dead. A connoisseur of words, she’s a reader, a listener; a hunter and gatherer of the raw materials to make songs.