Said to be "something of a trailblazer, unfettered by labels or boundaries," Susan Herndon simply considers herself an existentialist drawing from life experience and observation to write.
Her last album, 1,000 Pies, "contains tunes ranging from sweet acoustic ballads to straight up country, rock and roll, and even a little red dirt jazz-- skipping with ease between genres and showing hints of her inner bohemian."
Her latest album, All Fall Down, produced by Lloyd Maines and soon to be released, is a collection of songs that include reggae, bluegrass, jug-band, blues, and a poetry-ramble. With always a French song thrown-in, car elle parle un petit peu de francais aussi...
Born in St. Louis, but completely Okie bred-- that is, until moving to France, Susan began performing there, busking in the streets, then playing regularly with a group of fellow-vagabonds in Auvergne, in Provence, and in the Dordogne. These past several years have also seen her gigging relentlessly from Okemnukov, Ukraine to Okemah, Oklahoma, and playing and touring regularly in venues from Tennessee and Arkansas to Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas and into New Mexico, Colorado, Texas and Florida.
Her album credits are a who's who of some of Oklahoma's best musicians, and her latest album, of Austin's most outstanding. But Susan Herndon is best experienced live-- and she loves a live show, maintaining a commitment to the fun, camaraderie, and love through the mystery and beauty and power of song-- playing solo, or just as often, surrounding herself with a band of great and unique musicians.
"You can call her music singer-songwriter music, Red Dirt music, folk music. Just about the only thing you can't call it is easy listening... she has both a facility for lyrics that mean something, and remains fiercly independent." Whatever the descriptions or comparisons, "Herndon might be described as eclectic or versatile, but never predictable-- and always entertaining."