Susan Kane’s award-winning sweet and sharp Americana is an alchemy of stuff dug from the dirt, born from books, gleaned from the air, yesterday's news and tomorrow's daydreams. Her fourth CD, Mostly Fine received confirmed airplay on more than 150 stations around the world, with notable positions on several charts. Blog Coverlaydown.com described Mostly Fine: "...a set of potent originals that reveal a rich and eminently human inner world through the superimposition of the mundane and the magic." A New Yorker, she is an active performer in the tristate area and is a past president of the Tribes Hill music collective.
New York based Americana singer songwriter Susan Kane released her fourth CD in July 2016. Mostly Fine was recorded over a couple of months with local musicians at Fred Gillen Jr.s’ Woody’s House studio and is a largely acoustic record with nary an electric guitar within earshot. Nevertheless, listeners will find themselves in familiar lyrical territory, with songs that amuse or evoke more serious emotions. Produced by Jeff Eyrich (Dave’s True Story) and mastered by Scott Hull. Guest artists include Abbie Gardner (Red Molly), the Levins, Lisa Gutkin (Klezmatics) and David Bernz. Mostly Fine received airplay on over 150 stations in over 35 states nationwide. It has been played internationally in Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel, and New Zealand. It performed strongly on the Folk DJ charts, ranking at #12 album in July, the #10 song in July ("Brown Eyed Women"), and #20 in August, #19 song (also "Brown Eyed Women"). Mostly Fine debuted on the Roots Music Report Folk Rock chart at #22, and peaked at #11. The song "Away" debuted at and maintained the #11 spot over several months. Blog Coverlaydown.com described Mostly Fine: "...a set of potent originals that reveal a rich and eminently human inner world through the superimposition of the mundane and the magic."
Mostly Fine follows the successful release of her third CD A Word Child in November 2012. Its eclectic tracks address timeless and universal themes of love, loss, and hope. Produced by Billy Masters, it was recorded primarily in Austin, Texas, and featured 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. The CD enjoyed an excellent response from the radio world, as did her two previous releases, which enjoyed good reviews and had extensive and long-lived radio play around the world.
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, Ryan Montbleau 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. During her stint as president, she also produced a two-disc compilation CD for the group. 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. She has earned a number of songwriting awards, most recently for her song “Ring the Bells,” which won the 2019 Family Folk Chorale (Arlington, MA) songwriting contest.
Born in New York and raised in New Jersey by artistically inclined parents, 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. Coming to songwriting later in life gives one time to process everything. “Something old, something new:” that old bridal rhyme is the perfect recipe for songwriting.