Susan Werner is one of a growing number of performers attempting to revive traditional pop songs from the 1930s and 40s. Local residents will have the opportunity to witness Werners unique style when she plays the Mendelssohn Club (415 N. Church St.) Friday, March 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Werners show is part of Charlottes Web for the Performing Arts March concert lineup. For more information, call 964-2238.
Werner has been touring around the country to promote her fourth national release, I Cant Be New. As a singer, guitarist, pianist and songwriter, she is a multitalented performer who incorporates elements of jazz, pop and folk into her music.
During a recent interview with The Rock River Times, Werner explained that she had a clear vision for this album.
The aim of this project was Carole King meets Cole Porter, Werner said.
All of the 12 songs on I Cant Be New are original, but written in the style of 1930s and 40s music. While recording this CD, Werner listened to Chet Baker, Julie London and Ella Fitzgerald for inspiration. To order I Cant Be New, visit www.susanwerner.com.
Werner hopes to bring this classic music to the masses once again. The timing of this CD could not have been better because it seems as if theres new interest in the Great American Songbook with artists like Rod Stewart, Bette Midler and Cyndi Lauper singing traditional pop songs, Werner said.
She also believes this older genre will appeal to modern listeners. There seems to be a new interest in listening to songs that are pleasant; songs that are gentle. Its a more recent development, and I think it has something to do with 9-11, said Werner.
Over the years, Werner has visited Rockford several times. Aside from the Mendelssohn Club, shes performed at various local festivals and at Memorial Hall. Rockfords been very kind to me, very supportive. I look forward to coming back, Werner said.