Mount Kisco Singer Susan Kane's Album Debuts Big

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Mount Kisco-based singer Susan Kane will perform several songs from her third album, “A Word Child,” on Feb. 1 at the Towne Crier Cafe in Pawling, N.Y.
Mount Kisco-based singer Susan Kane will perform several songs from her third album, “A Word Child,” on Feb. 1 at the Towne Crier Cafe in Pawling, N.Y. Photo Credit: William Lulow Photography

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. – Mount Kisco-based Americana singer-songwriter Susan Kane's newest album, "A Word Child," has received heavy radio play since its debut in December.

Kane will perform songs from the record Feb. 1 at the Towne Crier Cafe in Pawling, N.Y., opening for Boston-area singer-songwriter Ryan Montbleau.

"A Word Child," Kane's third album, hit the airwaves at No. 23 on the Roots Music Report Folk Radio Airplay Chart and No. 35 on the Folk DJ Chart. Kane was subsequently featured in the “Hudson Valley Artist Spotlight” on regional radio station WHUD.

This month, the album climbed to No. 15 on the Roots Music Report’s Folk Top 50 albums chart and No. 4 on its Roots Country Internet Airplay Chart.

“Susan Kane may sound like the Hudson Valley’s very own Linda Ronstadt, but there’s a difference,” said Carter Smith, who runs Westchester’s Common Ground Community Concerts series. “Susan’s not only a terrific singer, but also one of the most naturally gifted songwriters that I’ve had the pleasure of working with in a decade of presenting shows.”

The album, which features an eclectic mix of original compositions and covers, also reached international audiences, rising to No. 31 on the Alternate Root Top 66 international airplay chart. Citing Kane’s "perceptive and soulful songs," BBC Radio Scotland's Iain Anderson called "A Word Child" "one of the early contenders for one of the best albums of 2013."

A past president of Tribes Hill, a Hudson Valley-based collective of independent musicians and their supporters, Kane has performed at venues throughout the New York metro area. John Platt, host of “Sunday Breakfast” on WFUV-FM in New York, selected her to perform in the Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ Showcase during the 2008 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference.

Born in New York and raised in the suburbs of New Jersey by artistically inclined parents, Kane was first  drawn to music through her mother’s conservatory piano repertoire, later straying to acoustic folk and country music, inspired by the rise of Bob Dylan and the popularization of folk music on Top 40 radio.

“My mom is actually from Wheeling, West Virginia, home of WWVA and its legendary Jamboree USA country music show,” Kane said. “She must have taken in some Bill Monroe and Hank Williams without realizing it.”

Tickets for the 8:30 p.m. concert are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information about the show, visit the Towne Crier website or call 845-855-1300. Kane's music is available online at CDBaby and Amazon, as well as on iTunes.

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