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Susan Werner at the me & thee coffeehouse (Jim Trick opens)
ABOUT SUSAN WERNER

Boston Herald

"Always an impressive songwriter, Werner continues to compose sharp, funny, compassionate lyrics, a gift rare enough to set her apart..."

The Washington Post

"The classically trained and jazz inspired singer is redefining the genre and winning admirers around the country..."

Phildelphia Inquirer

"Kicking The Beehive is evidence that Susan Werner has no trouble reinventing herself year after year; and she's damn good at it."

Dubbed by NPR as the "Empress of the Unexpected," singer/songwriter 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 again 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', and with Hayseed Werner 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; however, the collection of originals that appear on
Hayseed hits even closer to home. "Everything was mandolin and banjo and upright bass and fiddle," she says. "A sound
that's as - forgive the term, but it finally applies - organic as a sound can get." Released on Sleeve Dog Records and distributed via Thirty Tigers, the album itself was commissioned by the University of Nebraska's Lied Center For The Performing Arts and the Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the entire project began with seed money from fans during a successful PledgeMusic campaign. Werner incentivized fans with unusual rewards like signed ears of corn from her folks'
farm, and a percentage of the money raised was donated to three farming charities; Practical Farmers of Iowa in Ames, Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) of Spring Valley, Wisconsin, and The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas. Known for her engaging and energetic live show, Werner will be adding another homegrown aspect to her Hayseed tour schedulemaking
special appearances at local farmers markets throughout the nation.

Hayseed was produced by Boston-based songwriter and producer Crit Harmon (Martin Sexton, Lori McKenna, Mary Gauthier, Ed Romanoff). "I chose Crit to produce because he's a songwriter himself, and that was hugely important to me," Werner says. "And also because he grew up on a
farm in the Midwest and knows the business end of a honey wagon. I knew he'd get the spirit of the songs, the sense of humor and the sense of place in these songs. I also knew he'd assemble a great cast of musicians, and this
is the A list of the A list of the Boston area players." That cast includes legendary guitarist Duke Levine, upright bassist Marty Ballou, dobro genius Steve Sadler, and Red Molly's Laurie MacAllister on backing vocals. "Crit
totally got it when I said this should sound like it's being played on the front porch of a farmhouse," Werner continues. "I wanted this thing just about as unplugged as anybody could stand it. I mean, Dubuque was the big city where I grew up, and that's about as urban as the sound on this album could get and still be true to Delaware County, Prairie Township, Section 14."

On Hayseed, Werner employs her signature songcraft and wit to deliver an assortment of tunes as hilarious as they are insightful. "There's a certain sense of humor that goes along with farming because things don't always turn out the
way you expected," she states. "If you can't laugh about it, you might be in the wrong line of work."



Boston Herald

"Always an impressive songwriter, Werner continues to compose sharp, funny, compassionate lyrics, a gift rare enough to set her apart..."

The Washington Post

"The classically trained and jazz inspired singer is redefining the genre and winning admirers around the country..."

Phildelphia Inquirer

"Kicking The Beehive is evidence that Susan Werner has no trouble reinventing herself year after year; and she's damn good at it."



http://www.susanwerner.com/

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Jim Trick

Covered in blood and screaming are not descriptions typically applied to life coaches or acoustic musicians.  This however is exactly how Jim Trick began his career as a performer.


The community theater production of The Wizard of Oz was underway.  Jim's chubby eight year old thighs were crammed sausagely into a pair of yellow tights and he and the other two "lollipop guild" munchkins were about to take the stage.  Heart pounding and palms clammy he stepped into the light.  At that precise moment his tiny nose began to bleed so profusely as to evoke gasps from the audience and to launch him into a complete meltdown.


Fast forward 32 years and you will find that Jim's thighs are still chubby.  He has not worn tights again and virtually never gets nosebleeds.  He has however evolved into a magnetic and engaging performer songwriter, speaker and life coach. For the last twenty years Jim has melded his original brand of alt-folk / solo acoustic rock with motivational life lessons taught and sung at retreats all over the country. Jim's concert appearances are intimate and with disarming humor and transparency Jim is able to instantly connect with his audience. As a life coach, Jim works one on one with individuals who are working towards greater freedom and fulfillment in life and business.


Jim's fourth and most recent release is entitled Jim Trick  Buying the Field was produced by Thomas Eaton (Vance Gilbert, Ellis Paul) and features a wonderful array of players including Duke Levine, Maeve and John Curtis (Pousette Dart, Patty Griffin)

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me and thee coffeehouse (View)
28 Mugford St
Marblehead, MA 01945
United States


Categories

Music > Folk
Music > Singer/Songwriter

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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