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“It’s Been mostly fine / most Of the time” - this is how Susan Kane looks from a relaxed point of view at her life and it is a phrase on her fourth CD, aptly titled “Mostly Fine”. She is a distinctive singer/songwriter and started 2004 with her debut album “So Long“ that gave her some attention in the beautiful Hudson Valley - north of the city of New York. “Mostly Fine“ could change that in terms of nationwide recognition, because Susan Kane has sharpened her musical expressiveness and presents an impressive collection of ten songs representing the best of urban East coast-Country & Folk music. The album starts with “Jacksonville“, a song that would perfectly fit in Rosanne Cash` musical journey to the South (“The River And The Thread“) - by the way this is the answer to the question: Sounds like …? The musical arrangement is based on a solid drum/bass groundwork (Rich Zukor and producer Jeff Eyrich), there are no electric guitars, but a lot of typical acoustic Americana-roots-instruments like dobro, mandolin, banjo and fiddle. Susan Kane wrote seven own songs telling stories about the travails of love (“Worn Out Lines“, “Love Can Die“) and about the everyday problems of today (“Slip On Shoes“). In addition to that she picked three very special cover songs: two are from the legendary Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter (“Brown Eyed Women“, “Comes A Time“) - originally released in the early 1970s - creating a unique Grateful-Dead-meets-Woodstock-atmosphere. The local songwriter Rob Morsberger - he passed away some years ago - wrote a song about the famous Lewis & Clark Expedition 1805 (“A Man Of Much Merit“), that Susan delivers with grace. What could be the next step in the career of Susan Kane? I would recommend a phone call with Rosanne Cash‘ husband John Leventhal, who lives in New York, asking him if he has the time (and the pleasure) to produce Susan’s next album. This could be the right step toward the bright lights of success! 

Wolfgang Reitzammer

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