If all country music was like that offered by Oh Susanna on Short Stories, I might still tune into country music radio more often.
This gal (Suzie Ungerleider is her real name) has a real country heart, not some pop singer wearing a cowboy hat, and crooning as a clone of every other Nashville act out there. Nope, instead, this gal grabs a bit of folk, a hint of bluegrass, and stirs it with a clear country voice, and the result is simply solid, pure country music.
From the opening cut Pretty Face through to Filled With Gold, I believe this gal is country.
The CD has already garnered attention too with a Juno nomination for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo, an award eventually won by David Francey.
While this might be recognized as roots music, this is really where country music should be. This is music with heart, with prairie grass soul, and Susanna, although hailing from Toronto, captures that feeling like she grew up where country music is a way of life.
This CD is filled with great music, from Bullies, through Greyhound Bus, to Miss Liberty and Billy 4.
Where the music shines is in the fact the instrumentation, while full, and varied, is simply a compliment to Susanna's voice which is clearly the strength of this album.
If you love country/roots music, then mark this one a must have.
Check her out at www.ohsusannamusic.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper June 4, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada