Susan Werner, David Wilcox

Sun Mar 25 2012

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse

2020 Addison Street Berkeley, CA 94704

All Ages

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  • Susan Werner

    Singer-Songwriter

    Blessed with a great voice and great guitar and piano chops, the multi-talented Susan Werner put it all together and was on the cusp of success with ever-larger U.S., Canadian and European audiences. Her major-label debut, Last of the Good Straight Girls (1995), on Private Music, was being eaten up by adult alternative album radio stations around the U.S. But two years later, her record company was unceremoniously merged into Windham Hill, another subsidiary of BMG, in early 1997, sending her release out of print.

    Werner grew up near Manchester, Iowa and made her first public performance at age five, playing guitar and singing in her church. At 11, she began playing piano. In high school, she played saxophone in jazz combos and sang in drama productions. Werner attended college at the University of Iowa, where she earned a degree in voice. She continued her studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, where she also studied opera. After she decided to end her budding opera career, Werner became inspired after seeing Texas folk singer Nanci Griffith. She was playing with a jazz trio when she began taking her guitar around to coffeehouses on the folk circuit in Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York City.

    She recorded and self-released her first album, Midwestern Saturday Night, in 1993, and began to build a promising career as a contemporary folk singer. Her eclectic and offbeat set of influences made her a refreshing face in a sea of singer-songwriters on the Philadelphia coffeehouse circuit. Werner cites as influences people like Griffith, but also Jacques Brel, Thelonius Monk, Joni Mitchell, Sting and jazz diva Shirley Horn. After finding a manager in Philadelphia, Werner recorded a second album, 1994's Live at the Tin Angel. That album helped bring her to the attention of executives at Private Music/BMG.

    Werner's strong but short-lived debut for Private, Last of the Good Straight Girls, was produced by former Lou Reed bassist Fernando Saunders. Guests include Mitchell Froom on keyboards (a great producer in his own right), as well as Zachary Richard and Marshall Crenshaw. The songs include social commentary, introspective personal diaries of relationship troubles, and even a brilliant reading of Paul Simon's "Something So Right." Time Between Trains followed in 1998. ~ Richard Skelly, All Music Guide

  • David Wilcox

    Singer-Songwriter

    A warm, baritone vocal tone and poetic lyricism are combined with a unique guitar style that blends soft jazz and folk sensibilities and an intimate stage persona by singer/songwriter David Wilcox. Often compared to James Taylor and John Martyn, Wilcox has built a solid fan base for his well-crafted folk-pop tunes.

    Cleveland-born Wilcox was inspired to play guitar after watching a fellow student play in a stairwell at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH. Transferring to Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC, in 1981, Wilcox began taking music seriously. Although he took four lessons with a classical guitarist, Wilcox developed most of his playing technique on his own. In addition to being inspired by Joni Mitchell to play in a variety of tunings, he designed a capo that produced an unusual sound by leaving one or more strings unaltered.

    Wilcox strengthened his skills as a performer through regular appearances at an Asheville night club called McDibbs. His debut album, The Nightshift Watchman, was released in 1987 on his own label, Song of the Woods, and reissued in 1996 by Koch International; it featured scaled-down arrangements and launched Wilcox's career as a touring musician. After performing at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Wilcox signed with A&M in 1989. His first release on the label, How Did You Find Me Here, sold over 100,000 copies by word of mouth. Wilcox subsequently recorded two other studio albums for the label -- Home Again in 1991 and Big Horizon in 1994. In 1991, the label released a six-song CD, Mostly Live: An Authorized Bootleg. East Asheville Hardware, Wilcox's first album after being dropped by A&M, featured live recordings of previously unreleased tunes including a version of Chuck Brodsky's satirical song "Blow 'Em Away."

    His contract with A&M ended after four albums in 1994, but Wilcox has continued to share his love of music and his explorations of personal growth. His 1997 album Turning Point recorded in the log cabin studio in the woods behind his home, represented a shift to a more controlled approach to music, while his February 1999 release, Underneath, continued to focus on his vocals and guitar playing despite the additional instrumentation of electric guitars, keyboards, and rhythm section. Although his albums have featured diverse arrangements, Wilcox continues to perform in concert as a soloist. In August 2000, What You Whispered was released. A best-of collection followed the next year, released during his successful national tour. Due to his popularity, the demand for a live album became too great and he offered Live Songs and Stories in the summer of 2002. Into the Mystery appeared in 2003, followed by a joint effort with Nance Pettit, Out Beyond Ideas, in 2005, Vista in 2006 and Airstream in 2008. ~ Craig Harris, All Music Guide

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse

Susan Werner , David Wilcox

Sun Mar 25 2012 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse Berkeley CA
Susan Werner, David Wilcox
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