Susan Werner

Press Release

Posted: October 8, 2013


Singer/songwriter Susan Werner – dubbed by NPR as the “Empress of the Unexpected” – will bring her “Hayseed” Project Concert to Lorain County Community College’s Stocker Arts Center at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 23.

Tickets for this performance are $15 for adults and $10 for students with a valid college ID and children under 12.  Tickets can be purchased at the Stocker box office from 12-6 p.m., Monday through Friday, by phone at 440-366-4040 or online at

Susan Werner confirms her reputation as an artist changeable as the weather with her newest recording “Hayseed.” Paying tribute to American agriculture and to her Iowa farm roots, Werner keeps her audiences guessing and laughing simultaneously, lending her wry humor and passionate voice to subjects such as farmer’s markets, agrochemicals, climate change, drought, longing for a sense of place, and the movement towards sustainable agriculture.

The characters and perspectives are varied and colorful, the lyrics are sharp as thistles, the music is handmade and hoppin’. With “Hayseed” Werner employs her signature songcraft and wit to deliver an assortment of tunes as hilarious as they are insightful and continues her reign as one of the most bold and creative forces on the acoustic music scene today. Listeners will recognize Werner’s Americana roots, first heard on 2011’s country/blues tinged “Kicking the Beehive” which hinted at this turn towards rural-themed music.

Susan Werner made her debut at age five, playing guitar and singing at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Manchester, Iowa; she learned both piano and guitar by ear. After earning a degree in voice from the University of Iowa, she attended Temple University in Philadelphia, performing in numerous recitals and operas while completing her graduate studies. Ultimately, she opted to forgo a career as an opera singer, dedicating herself to songwriting instead.

After launching her career with the self-released “Midwestern Saturday Night” in 1993, her second recording “Live at Tin Angel” impressed executives at Private Music/BMG, which released her critically acclaimed major label debut “Last of the Good Straight Girls” in 1995. She also received critical accolades for her subsequent recordings “Time Between Trains” (VelVel, 1998) and “New Non-Fiction” (Indie, 2001). She has toured the nation with acts such as Richard Thompson, Keb Mo, and Joan Armatrading, and was featured in a 1998 Peter, Paul, and Mary PBS special as one of the best of the next generation of folk songwriters.
“Hayseed” is the fourth in a series of concept albums, beginning with 2004’s “I Can’t Be New,” which features original songs in the style of Cole Porter and George Gershwin, followed by “The Gospel Truth” in 2007 and “Classics” in 2009. She will also perform some songs from some of these other albums as part of this concert. Her songs slide between folk, jazz and pop.

You may remember Susan from her last appearance here during the 2009-2010 season when she appeared on a double bill with Janis Ian. Their duet of "These Boots Were Made for Walkin'" made history as it was the first time these two amazing artists had sung that song together and it happened at Stocker Arts Center!

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