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Susan Werner On World Cafe | March 22, 2011 |

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Over the last two decades, Susan Werner has explored genres ranging from jazz and folk to gospel and opera. Werner was merely 5 years old when she began playing guitar and singing publicly in church, and since then she also picked up the piano. Coming to Philadelphia from Iowa to complete her graduate studies at Temple University, she performed in numerous recitals and operas, but after witnessing an inspirational performance from Nanci Griffith, she pushed her opera plans to the side in order to pursue songwriting.
 
Since then, she has recorded 10 albums, including her breakout 1995 album Last of the Good Straight Girls. In the years to follow, Werner has won widespread recognition for her exploration of folk, gospel, Americana, soul and classical music and in 2008 was named Best Contemporary Folk Artist. She released her latest album, Kicking The Beehive, earlier this month. (link)
 
HOUR ONE
 
Tom Petty "Change the Locks" She's the One
Lucinda Williams "Buttercup" Blessed 
Wilco "A Shot in the Arm" Summerteeth
Spoon "Trouble Comes Running" Transference
Susan Werner "Kicking the Beehive" Recorded Live for the World CafÈ 
Susan Werner "My Different Son" Recorded Live for the World CafÈ 
Susan Werner "I Know What I Want" Recorded Live for the World CafÈ 
Keren Ann "101" 101
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings "100 Days" 100 Days, 100 Nights
Paul Simon "The Afterlife" So Beautiful or So What
Aimee Mann "Put Me On Top" Whatever
 
HOUR TWO
 
Grant Lee Buffalo "Fuzzy" Fuzzy
Vampire Weekend "Giving Up the Gun" Contra
Lykke Li "I Follow Rivers" Wounded Rhymes 
Peter, Bjorn, & John "Second Chance" Gimmee Some
Bob Mould "See a Little Light" Workbook
Carolina Chocolate Drops "Knockin'" Carolina Chocolate Drops EP
Ry Cooder "Tamp 'Em Up Solid" Paradise and Lunch
The Avett Brothers "Kick Drum Heart" I and Love and You
James Blake "Limit to Your Love" James Blake
Bjork "Venus as a Boy" Debut
Cee-lo Green "Bright Lights Bigger City" Lady Killer
The Budos Band "Rite of the Ancients" Budos Band III
Morphine "Buena" Cure for Rain