Over the course of her twenty five year career, Susan Werner has earned a reputation as “one of the most innovative songwriters working today” (Chicago Tribune). With formidable chops on guitar (she began playing at age 5) and piano (she was a guest on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz), along with a graduate degree in voice performance, her shows are a one-woman master class in musicianship. Although best known as an acoustic songwriter that came up through coffeehouses and folk festivals, the Chicago-based artist has written songs in the style of Gershwin and Cole Porter (I Can’t Be New, 2004), gospel music (The Gospel Truth, 2007), traditional Cuban “son” (An American In Havana, 2016), and New Orleans junk piano (NOLA, 2019). In 2014 she composed the music and lyrics to the musical theater score Bull Durham, The Musical (MGM). Her songs have been recorded by Tom Jones, Michael Feinstein, and Shemekia Copeland, and her latest recording of originals, The Birds of Florida, took flight in 2022.
Bethlehem and Sad Patrick’s unique sound effortlessly combines powerful vocals and driving percussion with Sad Patrick’s distinctive hybrid of folk and jazz guitar. His guitar serves as a subtle yet mesmerizing counterpoint to her exceptional “vocussion” – a term she coined for her powerful, immersive singing, remarkable improvisations, and nuanced melodies riding atop tarima and body percussion.
Bethlehem and Sad Patrick, make a triumphant return to the airwaves with their highly anticipated third album, “This is What We Do.” Ten years since their folk/jazz/blues fusion of a musical journey began, the duo once again captivates audiences with their signature blend of smart, heartfelt lyrics, soaring vocals, and emotive melodies. Their live performances and their second album, 2019’s “Love and Other Struggles” have earned them a spot on NPR Slingshot’s prestigious list of Ten Artists to Know from Philadelphia.
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