I’ve been going to singer-songwriter Susan Werner’s shows for more than ten years, though I confess to dropping off the scene soon after she began her all-cabaret-style tour in the mid-2000s. I missed her earlier, guitar-based songs with their clever, mischievous lyrics about life and relationships.
The current tour brought her through Northampton, where she showed up with some friends at the infamous Iron Horse last Friday. Hearing that classically-trained voice, laughing at the self-deprecating banter, and eating mediocre food were a happy reminder of many evenings spent at Philadelphia’s Tin Angel.
The set was a good mix of her styles over the years. Even if I would have preferred a few more of her earlier songs, I respect her for exploring new genres and appreciate that she’s talented enough to pull it off.
One thing that hasn’t changed over the years: Susan Werner is still a damn funny woman and a joyful performer.