Friday, October 12th marks the first show in this year’s Club Kuss Series featuring singer-songwriter-guitar-playing duo Susan Werner and David Wilcox. The concert will take place on Friday, October 12, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. at the Clark State Performing Arts Center, Kuss Auditorium in downtown Springfield.
Called the ‘empress of the unexpected’ by NPR, singer-songwriter, pianist, harmonica- and guitar-playing artist Susan Werner turns a corner in her multifaceted musical career with her vibrant new album, Kicking the Beehive. It’s an 11-song collection of provocative, poignant, lyrical originals that are infused with the rustic roots of American folk, blues and country music. Like many songwriters with a literary bent, Werner worries that much of pop music is a mile wide and an inch deep. “But seems to me, the best songs are more like an inch wide and a mile deep,” she says. Produced by Rodney Crowell, recorded in Nashville and featuring such all-star guests as Vince Gill, Keb’ Mo’ and Paul Franklin, Kicking the Beehive is a personal project where Werner intuitively explores the full impact of looking beyond the superficial and delving into soulful honesty. There are few performers out there today that have the voice, musicianship and songwriting abilities that Susan Werner has.
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Susan Werner & David Wilcox
$30 for adults, $24 for seniors and $15 for students
Icludes a pre-show lobby party beginning at 6pm.
Considered a ‘songwriter’s songwriter’, David Wilcox’s songs have been covered by artists such as k.d. Lang and many others. In addition to his writing prowess, his skills as a performer and storyteller are unmatched. He holds audiences rapt with nothing more than a single guitar, thoroughly written songs, a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotions of joy, sorrow and everything in between, all tempered by a quick and wry wit. Reflecting on well over 20 years of record-making and touring extensively around the US and the world, Wilcox says, “Music still stretches out before me like the headlights of a car into the night. It’s way beyond where I am, but it shows where I’m going. I used to think that my goal was to catch up, but now I’m grateful that the music is always going to be way out in front to inspire me.”