Newsletter - Vol. 1, No. 2
This week I sang my heart out and, boy, did it hurt. First, me and the boys were filmed by the great folks at Country Music Television playing a concert just for them at the Dakota Tavern. I got all dolled up including lace and false eyelashes pretended it was a steamy Saturday night rather than a frigid Tuesday morning. It will air on May 9th. Not sure what time but maybe someone in charge will tell you later in this newsletter. Then on Wednesday I joined Tom Wilson in Michael Timmins' Clubhouse Studio to play the "dustbowl housewife" on his upcoming Lee Harvey Osmond album. I hope I don't end up on the cutting room floor. But even if I do it is all worth it just to spend 4 hours with Tom and his big big...personality. Another exciting thing this week is that I have hard copies of the new album in my hot little hands. It looks incredible thanks to Patrick Duffy (yes, the former star of Dallas now designs album art). But if you eschew albums these days and prefer all that is digital you are in luck because if you buy the new album on April 19th on iTunes you will receive a bonus track that has gorgeous orchestration arranged by the legendary Van Dyke Parks whose collaborators include Randy Newman, Brian Wilson, Rufus Wainwright, Robert Altman, Fiona Apple and Albert Einstein. The song is a really uplifting number called "1941" which tells of a young girl watching the Nazis take away her friends to death camps. Enjoy!
1. Soon the Birds in stores April 19
2. New music for your listening pleasure
3. Beer, BBQ & Boys (better known as SXSW)
4. CMT taping of "The Dakota Sessions"
5. New merch on the way
6. OhSusanna.com site update
7. Upcoming shows with Justin Rutledge
8. National Tour with Matthew Barber
9. On the road
SOON THE BIRDS IN STORES APRIL 19!
Soon the Birds will hit stores in Canada, the UK and Europe on April 19. You'll be able to pick up your copy at your favourite record store or digital retail outlet including iTunes, Amazon, e-Music, Zunior and many more! If you order the album from iTunes you will receive the exclusive bonus track ‘1941’ with an arrangement by Van Dyke Parks.
Oh Susanna's first single “Drunk As A Sailor” off her new album "Soon The Birds" is available to download for free at www.ohsusanna.com. Every week there will be a new song off the album for you to stream. Check out the News section on the website for this week's song 1941, a digital exclusive whose strings were arranged by the immensely talented Van Dyke Parks. Don’t fret if you miss one as we are also posting these each week on Suzie’s Bandpage at www.facebook.com/ohsusannamusic where they will remain.
March 29 1941
April 5 See What Promises Can Bring
April 12 Long Black Train
BEER, BBQ & BOYS (better known as SXSW)
Suzie & co. survived South By Southwest (barely) and had a great time playing the Outlaws & Gunslingers showcase at the Paradise Café. Special thanks to Bazil Donovan (bass), Cam Giroux (drums) and the lovely Kendel Carson (fiddle) for lending Suzie their talents for this special night.
Here's a video of Jenn Grant and Suzie at the Canadian BBQ enjoying, you guessed it, beer, bbq and boys.
While in town, Oh Susanna also dropped by the XM studio and recorded a few tunes for The Verge. Check out The Verge online for airdate times in May.
THE DAKOTA SESSIONS
On Tuesday March 29 Oh Susanna shot 7 songs with CMT for The Dakota Sessions. Joining the band were Bazil, Cam, Gord Tough (guitar), Burke Carroll (pedal steel) plus guest musicians Kendel Carson, who was in town for The Juno celebrations and offered to join our motley crew, and Jim Cuddy who sings with Suzie on “Lucky Ones”. The venue looked and sounded amazing! Thanks to the CMT team for being so great to work with.
OH SUSANNA – THE DAKOTA SESSIONS will premiere on Saturday May 7 at 6pm EST so mark it in your calendars!
We are furiously making loads of new merch including ladies and mens’ tees, book bags, jewellery and more. As soon as it is done we will post it online at www.OhSusanna.com and Suzie will have new merch and cds at her upcoming shows.
The Oh Susanna Team are working fast and furious to complete the new and improved website! We are looking forward to sharing these with you and hope to unveil the new site in the next week.
In addition to the website we are online everywhere and anywhere! Sign up and get tweets, status updates, photos and more at:
SHOWS WITH JUSTIN RUTLEDGE
If you live in London or Kingston you are in luck! Oh Susanna is teaming up with the handsome and talented Justin Rutledge (www.justinrutledge.com) for two shows in May coming to your towns. It promises to be a beautiful night of music so buy your tickets now!
SIX SHOOTER CONCERT SERIES
May 5 – Thursday
Series price: 3 shows for $50 + free CD from participating artist of your choice
May 28 - Saturday
212 Barrie St.
Series price: 2 shows for $30 + free CD from participating artist of your choice
NATIONAL TOUR – June 2011
Oh Susanna will be touring coast to coast in Canada with the amazing Matthew Barber in June. We will announce tour dates around the album release in April so stay tuned! If you aren’t familiar with Matt check him out at: www.matthewbarber.com.
OH SUSANNA – ON THE ROAD
April 8 – Fri – Toronto, ON – Hugh's Room - 10th Anniversary Hugh’s Room Celebration
April 17 – Sun – Hamilton, ON – The Pearl Company w/ Steve Dawson
April 19 – Tues – Toronto, ON – The Horseshoe Tavern - "Soon The Birds" CD Release Party
April 26 – Tues – Kitchener, ON – Centre In The Square w/ Hawksley Workman
April 27 – Wed – Oakville, ON – Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts w/ Hawksley Workman
April 28 – Thurs – North Bay, ON – Capitol Theatre w/ Hawksley Workman
April 29 – Fri – Guelph, ON – River Run Centre w/ Hawksley Workman
April 30 – Sat – Meaford, ON – Meaford Hall w/ Hawksley Workman
May 5 – Thurs – London, ON – Aeolian Hall w/ Justin Rutledge
May 28 – Sat – Kingston, ON – Chalmers Church w/ Justin Rutledge