Iowa native, farmer’s daughter, folk singer extraordinaire, Susan Werner visits Winona for the first time with Hayseed Project, a recording and tour that helps to highlight local food producers. She visits on Wednesday,October 9.
Born in Manchester, Iowa, Werner grew up on her family’s hog farm, but she took to singing rather than farming. When she was three, she grabbed attention at a family party with her rendition of a beer commercial jingle. “That was it. My life direction was fixed,” Werner told Paul McKay of the Ottawa Citizen. Susan began making a name for herself in the folk scene of the early 1990s in Philadelphia, New York and Boston. She recorded five albums from 1993 to 2001 in the folk genre. Her next recording in 2004, I Can’t Be New, was a departure encompassing, Tin Pan Alley, early torch, and jazz standards. Now based in Chicago, Warner’s most recent music is infused with the rustic roots of American folk, blues and country music. Her 11th recording Kicking the Beehive includes guest appearances by Vince Gill, Mo’Keb, Paul Franklin.
Susan’s newest project Hayseed, contains twelve songs on the subject matter of farming, rural America, locavores, food safety, and the comic potential of herbicides. Werner grew up on a family farm in eastern Iowa, where her parents still farm—and in Hayseed, she returns to the language and characters she knows best. Supporting three organizations she believes in this tour will help out Practical Farmers of Iowa, Ames, IA, Midwest Organic and Sustainability Education Service (M.O.S.E.S.), Spring Valley, WI, and The Land Institute, Salina, KS.
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