NOTE: Due to a family medical emergency, Myshkin will be unable to join Susan for this show. In her absence, Susan will be joined by the inimitable Tom Skinner. Our thoughts are with Myshkin and we hope to see her soon!
Susan Herndon is an Oklahoma girl and a woman of the world.
While the patina of Sooner State red dirt is apparent in everything she sings in her dulcet and soothingly accented alto, Herndon’s music is much more about where she’s been and what she’s experienced, than about where she hails.
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.
Her latest album, All Fall Down, finds Herndon working with Texas musical legend Lloyd Maines and the perpetually lost gonzo Bob Livingston as co-producers. “I thought it was time I hired somebody who knew what they were doing,” Herndon jokes, a self-deprecatory reference to the fact that she was at the helm for her previous four releases.
No matter where her journey takes her, it’s a safe bet that Susan Herndon will be forever singing that universal language of a good song that speaks truth with every note and every word.
A handful of Oklahoma musicians are regarded as the “fathers” of Red Dirt, among them, Jimmy LaFave, the late Bob Childers, and Tom Skinner. Skinner’s new eponymously-titled album is a rare occasion for his fans to hear a legendary figure who doesn’t spend much time in the studio but lives for the stage.