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Sue West | Field and Wood: Songs of the Land

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Field and Wood: Songs of the Land

by Sue West

Sustainability songstress Sue West shares her deeply moving songs for your ceremony or event. Clear flinty voice and old time guitar tell of softer times; transcendance, change, sustainablity, celebrations and struggles of rural lives.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dusty Gravel Road
3:42 $0.99
2. Damn Long Sight (Logger's Lament)
2:06 $0.99
3. Planting the Prairie
3:26 $0.99
4. Grain On the Stem
3:50 $0.99
5. Lace Handkerchiefs and Red Bandanas
3:02 $0.99
6. Wade Across the River
1:32 $0.99
7. Wash Me Up On the Shore, Lord
6:37 $0.99
8. In the Stillness
4:03 $0.99
9. I'll Fly Away (new rendition of traditional)
4:02 $0.99
10. Say Sea (poetry of Emily Dickinson)
2:56 $0.99
11. Healing
2:59 $0.99
12. Daylilly Waltz
3:07 $0.99
13. My Dear Child
4:41 $0.99
14. Black Willow Tree
2:49 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Come and be my friend at:

"Sue West plays guitar, sings, and writes songs, finding deep inspiration in the wild and rural places of Wisconsin."

CD Review of 2008's Sue West Live:
"Just when I despaired that authentic folk music was eliminated from our culture, here it is, alive and well, and extremely alive and well done...In the very wonderful old time folk way, Sue has not only written some incredibly beautiful songs, she also performs them incredibly well. I haven't heard a good "folk" cd in a long time, and this one redeems all the lacking I've had. I love her voice, it's that very nice, gentle, tremulous, beautiful quality one expects in a good folk singer...Sue has accomplished what many folk singers only wish they could accomplish...A finely honed cd of simply wonderful songs done in a simply wonderful way..submitted to the Rural Roots Music Commission for 'Folk CD of the Year' award...all the music you do is well done." words of Bob Everhart, National Traditional Country Music Association, Tradition Magazine, in cd review of 2008 "Sue West: Live at Hot Spot Coffee Shop."

Kind words from eatingliberally.org's "kat:"

"I’m not sure what to call this musical genre: green bluegrass? Low carbon country? Whatever it is, I love it, and I think a lot of other people would embrace Wisconsin singer Sue West’s green-tinged, gospel-flavored folk music, too; it’s an authentic, timeless kind of music that hugs you back...I’ve never been to Wisconsin, don’t know that I’ll ever have a chance to go, but thanks to Sue West and her determination to share the “peace, joy, and healing” that she finds “in nature and in my own sustainable farming efforts,” I can be transported to a rural community with whom this diehard New Yorker has more in common than conventional wisdom might suggest. And after all, who’s more in need of a soothing sustainable soundtrack than us harried city dwellers?"

"Area folk legend Sue West"
-Woody McBride, music event organizer

"Astoundlingly talented women songwriters"
-River Falls Journal, re. RF Public Library show w/
Thea Ennen, Peggy Gantt, Beth Ray, and Phyliis Goldin, 10/24/08

About the Rush River Ramblers:

"Hoedown music for your ears"
Volume One, 11/15/08

"Everyone seems to be having a really good time even on the breaks. If you get a chance see and hear the Rush River Ramblers. I believe you should they are really GREAT! It was fun to watch people dancing in the yarn shop...what a GREAT group! everyone had such a good time! Where else but Elmwood can you dance in a yarn shop. Erik is a really good clogger, Everyone loved watching him clog. " -Highland Hollow Emporium blog, 2006

"There’s also musical entertainment by groups such as Capital City Brass and the Rush River Ramblers on Saturdays during summer. ..."
from online article,
"St. Paul's Attractions Among Top 10 Best"


I am available for studio singing jobs. If you are entering a song contest, compiling a demo, or need some harmony vocals to support your own melodies, let me know.

I am available most of the year for wedding and funeral music, professionally-called square dances, special music at churches or school events, and for harvest festivals.

I specialize in performing holiday music, for all of the special occasions throughout the year, in authentic costume where appropriate. Contact me if you would like a holiday performer.



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Laurel O'Rourke

i'm so impressed with Sue West. And jealous.
That Dusty Gravel Road tears me up every time I hear it. You have the voice of a siren. I'm touched by the sincerity of your singing. Listening to your music is like being rocked by strong arms.


super cd and fast service
the cd was well packaged came fast and of course the music is terrific. thanks


Field and Wood
I absolutely love your music! God blessed you with an amazing drive and gift and I am so glad you are able to share these gifts to others through your cd's. I highly recomend this Cd to others, it is filled with extremely moving yet upbeat music that I know you will enjoy as much as I do!