September 1, 2017 | 3:30pm September 29, 2017 | 3:30pm December 18, 2017 | 3:30pm Stage 1
Playing around 200 gigs a year for more than a decade, Susan Herndon has retained that true troubadour’s ethos, sharing her passion for song and stirring thousands of kindred spirits throughout Oklahoma, Texas and the American heartland.
With an engaging smile and graceful charm, she touches upon themes both universal and deeply personal, from longing and loneliness, to home, family, faded memories and hopeful dreams. And she connects with her listeners in a voice that conveys equal parts savory innocence and knowing savoir-faire.
Herndon draws from a reservoir of original material spanning five albums that have long found her sliding with ease from genre to genre. iTunes may soon run out of apt descriptors for Herndon’s music; her releases have been termed ‘blues,’ ‘country,’ ‘indie rock,’ ‘jazz’ and ‘pop.’ One moment she’s covering a Dylan classic in French with delicate fingerpicking on her guitar and the next may find her sitting at a keyboard paying homage to any number of fellow Oklahoma songsmiths, such as Woody Guthrie, Jimmy Webb, Leon Russell or J.J. Cale. All in an inspired style uniquely Herndonesque.
2015 has seen the release of her new album, VAGABONDE~ a special collection of a number of Herndon's favourite French songs, produced by Mike McClure. It was named one of the top five Okie albums of the year by the Tulsa World. Her last album, All Fall Down, found her working with Texas musical legend Lloyd Maines and the perpetually lost gonzo Bob Livingston as co-producers.