Singer Songwriter Susan Werner to Perform at Dalton State
Susan Werner has been called “one of the boldest creative forces on the acoustic scene today” and on Friday evening, March 25, she brings her repertoire of original cabaret, folk and jazz music to Dalton State College.
Werner will perform a free concert beginning at 7 p.m. in the Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall.
“The music industry loves to pigeonhole recording artists,” Werner has said. “but I like to see myself as having more of a painter’s career, giving myself the freedom to try entirely new things, to incorporate new colors, new language into my songs.”
Over the course of her colorful career—which began at age five when Werner began playing piano and singing in church--singer songwriter Werner has cultivated a reputation as a daring and innovative songwriter, boldly weaving old with new to create altogether new genres of music.
In her 2004 release “I Can’t Be New,” she is said to have delivered her modern contribution to the Great American Songbook by writing original pieces in the style of George Gershwin and Cole Porter, but from a present-day woman’s point of view. Following release of the album, The Chicago Tribune called her “the most innovative songwriter working.”
She explored her personal feelings about faith and doubt in her 2007 record “The Gospel Truth” which was acclaimed by both believers and non-believers and was named Top Folk Album of the Year by NPR/Folk Alley and WUMB.
Her 2011 release, “Kicking the Beehive,” is described as “an 11-song collection of provocative, poignant, lyrical originals that are infused with the rustic roots of American folk, blues and country music.” The album was produced by Rodney Crowell and recorded in Nashville, and features artists such as Vince Gill, Keb Mo, and Paul Frank.
Werner’s concert is free and open to the public; seating is first-come, first-served. She appears as the second program in this spring’s Fine Arts and Lecture Series which is sponsored by Dalton State’s Office of Student Activities.For more information about the free concert, please call 706-272-4428.