Susannah â€œLittle Sueâ€ Weaver talks cross-alt-country journeying.
[COUNTRY-ISH] Susannah â€œLittle Sueâ€ Weaver grew up in West Virginia and, amid the late-â€™90s No Depression boomlet, was arguably the Portland face of yâ€™allternative. â€œIâ€™d never heard country until I moved out here,â€ Weaver says. â€œI certainly didnâ€™t plan on doing alt-country to make it big. But, listening to the songwriting, country seemed so honest and straightforward.â€
Her fifth album, Baby Knows Better, to be released the weekend of her 38th birthday (and featuring her 4-year-old son, Vaden, on the cover artwork) certainly doesnâ€™t consign itself to any one sound. Blessed with Weaverâ€™s uniquely gorgeous and utterly distinct vocalsâ€”imagine a slightly accented Juliana Hatfield transforming to Emmylou Harris midnoteâ€”that allow a deceptively sparse production and hook-drenched songwriting without sacrificing personality, Baby Knows Better successfully transcends genre.
Jay Horton/ Willamette Week November 2008