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Mostly Fine

by Susan Kane

Beautiful, evocative and memorable Americana--anchored by warm female vocals with beautiful harmonies. Her sweet and sharp Americana is an alchemy of stuff dug from the dirt, born from books, gleaned from the air, yesterday's news and tomorrow's daydreams
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Jacksonville (feat. Abbie Gardner, Peter Calo, Gary Schreiner & Rich Zukor)
3:19 $0.99
2. Love Can Die (feat. Fred Gillen Jr., Dan Bonis, David Bernz, Peter Calo & Jeffrey Eyrich)
2:43 $0.99
3. Brown Eyed Women (feat. Fred Gillen, Jr., Peter Calo, Lisa Gutkin, Julia Bordenaro, Ira Levin, Jeff Eyrich & Rich Zukor)
3:46 $0.99
4. Away (feat. Lisa Gutkin, Peter Calo, Dan Bonis & Jeff Eyrich)
3:38 $0.99
5. Worn out Lines (feat. Fred Gillen Jr., Dan Bonis, Peter Calo, Jeff Eyrich & Rich Zukor)
4:37 $0.99
6. Slip on Shoes (feat. Eric de Armon, Gary Schreiner, Jeff Eyrich & Rich Zukor)
4:03 $0.99
7. A Man of Much Merit (feat. Abbie Gardner, Paul Silverman, Gary Schreiner, Julia Bordenaro, Ira Levin, Jeff Eyrich & Rich Zukor)
4:27 $0.99
8. Crying Babies (feat. Lisa Gutkin, Peter Calo & Jeff Eyrich)
3:00 $0.99
9. The Veery (feat. Peter Calo, Jeff Eyrich, Paul Silverman & Jordan Jancz)
3:50 $0.99
10. Comes a Time (feat. Peter Calo, Dan Bonis, Lisa Gutkin, Jeff Eyrich & Rich Zukor)
5:22 $0.99
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Album Notes

New York based Americana singer songwriter Susan Kane released her fourth CD in July 2016. Mostly Fine represents something of a departure from her previous efforts. Recorded over a couple of months with local musicians at Fred Gillen Jr.s’ Woody’s House studio, it is a largely acoustic record with nary an electric guitar within earshot. This album is filled with dobro, fiddle, mandolin, accordion, and lap steel, with a sprinkling of banjo layered over acoustic guitars. Nevertheless, listeners will find themselves in familiar lyrical territory, with songs that amuse or evoke deeper emotions. But they will notice that even the humorous tracks reveal subtle insights into human foibles. The album features seven original songs (including a co-write and an adaptation of a poem) and three covers. The title originates from a lyric in one song and is “not meant to be negative,” says Susan. She believes if well into adulthood you can honestly say that everything is “mostly fine,” that is…really fine! Produced by Jeff Eyrich (Dave’s True Story) and mastered by Scott Hull. Guest artists include Abbie Gardner (Red Molly), the Levins, Lisa Gutkin (Klezmatics) and David Bernz. Mostly Fine received confirmed airplay on over 150 stations (including simulcasts) in over 35 states nationwide and has been played internationally in Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel, and New Zealand. It has performed strongly on the Folk DJ charts, ranking at #12 album in July, the #10 song in July ("Brown Eyed Women"), and #20 in August, #19 song ("Brown Eyed Women"). It debuted on the Roots Music Report Folk Rock chart at #22, and peaked at #11. The song "Away" debuted and stayed at the #11 position. Blog Coverlaydown.com writes: "...a set of potent originals that reveal a rich and eminently human inner world through the superimposition of the mundane and the magic."

This album follows the successful releases of her third CD A Word Child in November 2012. Its eclectic tracks address timeless and universal themes of love, loss, and hope. In addition to original compositions, there are covers of some famous writers and some lesser known. Produced again by Billy Masters, it was recorded primarily in Austin, Texas, and features many gifted musicians including: bass player Zev Katz, pedal steel artist Bob Hoffnar, fiddler Warren Hood, percussionist Ben Wittman, vocals from Jess Klein, bass player Glenn Fukunaga, drummer Marco Giovino (Robert Plant Band), and others. The CD enjoyed an excellent response from the radio world, as did her two previous releases, which were well received and enjoyed extensive and long-lived radio play around the world. In early December 2012, it was one of the top 5 added CDs to the Americana radio chart, and also debuted at number 23 on the Cashbox Magazine/Roots Music Report’s Folk Top 50 chart. Her cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Loser” was named one of the year’s 20 Best Covers on the blog Cover Lay Down, and “New York Winter” was selected for several holiday compilations, including the Alternate Root Holiday Sampler. As his February 2013 choice for the month, EuroAmericana Chart reporter John Davy in Flyinshoes Review called A Word Child “a timeless world of pure feeling, an album to be treasured through the years ahead.”
2008’s Highway Bouquet was featured as Album of the Week in April 2009 on Iain Anderson’s BBC Radio Scotland show, and which also chose her song “Ring the Bells” from that album to celebrate the rescue of the Chilean miners in October 2010. “Susan Kane is the real thing. Highway Bouquet [is] chock-full of great songs and great singing,” Michael Ruby, Chronogram Magazine.
Susan has played at a wide variety of well-known venues and festivals in the New York area, including the Towne Crier Café, the Bitter End, the Pleasantville Music Festival, the Huntington Folk Festival, and the Tarrytown Music Hall. She has shared bills with such diverse artists as Pete Seeger, Garnet Rogers, Sloan Wainwright, Ryan Montbleau and Catie Curtis. An active member of the local music scene, she is a past president of Tribes Hill, a Hudson Valley collective of independent musicians. During her stint as president she produced a two-disc compilation CD for the group.
John Platt, host of “Sunday Breakfast” on WFUV-FM in New York, selected her to perform in the Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ Showcase during the 2008 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference.
Born in New York and raised in various suburban locations by artistically inclined parents in New Jersey, Kane was drawn to music at an early age, but wandered away from her mother’s conservatory piano repertoire to the homespun vibes of acoustic folk and twangy country music. The arrival of Bob Dylan and equal time for folk music and its offshoots on Top Forty radio and pop music outlets of the time called to her. “My mom is actually from Wheeling, West Virginia, home of WWVA and its legendary Jamboree USA country music show. Bill Monroe and Hank Williams must have had osmotic powers.” Coming to songwriting later in life gives one time to process everything. Something old, something new: the old bridal rhyme is the perfect recipe for songwriting.



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