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Plenty

by Susie Fitzgerald

Exploring musical genres of Americana, Modern Folk and Alternative Country, this lyric-driven collection of songs follows the arc of a year-long trajectory of reinvention--from heartbreak to redemption and the landscape in between.
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1. Bring in the Light
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2. Frozen Sky
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3. No Drinkin' Alone
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4. You Won't Say No
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5. Lullaby for Baby
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6. Angelico
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7. Making, Making, Someday Made
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8. Safe Harbor
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9. Peacetime Now
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10. Plenty
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11. Drover's Prayer
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Exploring musical genres of Americana, Modern Folk, Alternative-Country, and Bluegrass, Susie Fitzgerald’s debut album, Plenty, follows the arc of a year-long trajectory of reinvention. “This chapter of my life is all about reinvention—defined as ‘to bring back into existence or to create anew’. Songwriting brought me back into existence.”

The lyric-driven collection of songs travels from heartbreak to redemption, and subtly evokes themes of a spiritual journey in a human world. “Many of my songs have a double-meaning. They can be interpreted as love songs or heartbreak songs, or devotional meditations or prayers. That kind of juxtaposition is a reflection of my own interior and exterior landscape.”

Growing up in Colorado, surrounded by folk music, Susie’s musical influences were abundant and varied. Performing and writing songs are new developments in her life. “I’ve played the guitar since I was about 14, but as an adult, I stopped playing for about a decade. Instead, I got my degree in Intercultural Communication and pursued a career as an arts administrator in the museum field. I traveled the world and worked in museums in Colorado and Arizona. A few years ago, I experienced sort of a ‘perfect storm’ of loss. I had my heart badly broken in a love affair, suffered some severe health issues, and totally burned out on my professional career. I thought I was ‘done in’, for sure. I was really hanging on by a thread and I felt like I had nothing left to give.”

Drawing heavily upon her spiritual philosophy and determined to keep going, Susie began to write about her experiences, first in short stories, then in poetry. “When I started writing songs, something really profound happened: I started to feel good at a time when I thought I would never feel good again. From a deeper source than I ever realized existed, the creativity began to flow, and I discovered a new aspect of myself—one that was always there, just latent—written in words and music.”

Musically, Plenty is as diverse as the landscape it travels. From the old-timey, honky-tonk waltz, “No Drinkin’ Alone” to the Sanskrit-infused “Making, Making, Someday Made”, with hints of Chopin and George Harrison in the mix, Plenty offers just that—plenty to discover. “I’m certainly not unique in surviving hard times,” Susie says, “which is why I think people can relate to my songs. We’ve all been through a lot. There are 7 billion people in the world, with 7 billion stories, but we all have common human experiences—joy, sorrow, love, loss, and hopefully peace.”

The album features some of the best session players in Nashville including Eddie Bayers on drums, Steve Nathan on keyboards, Russ Pahl and Gary Morse on pedal steel and dobro, fiddle virtuosos Larry Franklin and Tammy Rogers King, with co-producer Larry Beaird on lead acoustic guitar, and background vocals by Thom Flora. Susie, along with executive producer Steve Cinocco, created their own record company, Big Purr Music, to produce Plenty. The album, and more information, can be found on Susie’s website, www.susiefitzgeraldmusic.com.

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Steve C.

A lot to like
Susie Fitzgerald covers a wide range of musical styles within the American roots spectrum, and she does them all well. In this album we hear country and bluegrass ("Bring in the Light", "No Drinkin' Alone", "Drover's Prayer")', Americana ("You Won't Say No", "Making, Making, Someday Made"), contemporary ("Angelico", "Safe Harbor", "Plenty"), folk ("Frozen Sky"), even a rock-anthem-to-be ("Peacetime Now") and a "Lullaby for Baby". My friends pick different songs as their favorites, and my own choice depends on my mood at the time--they're all good listening. Several great Nashville musicians joined Susie for this album between their own tours (for George Strait and the SteelDrivers, to name a couple). This is a quality production all around, showing the singer/songwriter lead artist at her best.
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