Songwriter Susan Levine draws stories from the roadside of a life full of contrasts. A traveler, a waitress in Santa Fe, an actress in New York, a Harvard graduate, a music therapist, a mother, Susan chronicles the emotional and physical landscapes of the in-between -– the haves and have-nots, the loved and the abandoned, the sad but hopeful. A finalist in the 2008 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Competition, the 2005 International Songwriting Competition, the 2004 Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, the 2004 Rose Garden Coffeehouse Performing Songwriter Competition, and the 2002 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Competition, she is described by Marilyn Rea Beyer (WUMB Folk Radio) as “a smart writer with a warm voice that can send chills down your spine.”
Originally from Medford, Massachusetts, Susan grew up singing, but did not pick up the guitar until after college, while pursuing a career in the theatre in New York City. She found that her musical influences were firmly rooted not only in contemporary songwriters like Shawn Colvin, Dar Williams and Lyle Lovett, but also in the more traditional folk and country she heard during her childhood. Thanks to her Dad (a nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn), Susan grew up on Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton. After strumming her first chords in New York City, Susan traveled throughout the United States, living, writing and playing music in New Mexico and California before returning to Boston in 1998.
Her songs, informed by her extensive travels, are unique and memorable blends of folk, pop and country, suffused with poetic vision and sung with a distinctive voice described by Richard Fox, of WCUW, 91.3 FM, Worcester, as “flowing and expressive, powerful yet capable of wrapping you up with warmth and tenderness.” It is this voice, unique, yet often likened in its grace, range and flexibility to Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Nanci Griffith, that causes audiences to take notice. It is the poetry and heart in the lyrics, and the emotional investment in her performances that cause audiences to really listen and come back for more.
Susan’s new cd, Atlas, was produced and recorded by Tom Eaton at Thomas Eaton Recording, Newburyport, MA. It was released in November 2007 to a packed house at Club Passim in Cambridge, MA, and was praised by the Boston Herald as: “”Introspective, melodic folk-pop simply doesn’t get much finer than the new CD by Newburyport’s Levine. That rare album where a whole mind and heart is revealed.” Atlas is currently receiving airplay on folk and Americana stations across the country and abroad. It is available at www.cdbaby.com
Susan’s debut CD, Scatter Me, was released in November 2001 to a full house at Club Passim in Cambridge. It is available at www.cdfreedom.com, www.cdbaby.com, and www.folkweb.com.
Her debut disc’s title song, “Scatter Me,” is included on the 2002 Best of Boston Singer-Songwriter Showcase Compilation CD.
Her song, “Leaving,” is included on a compilation cd, “Features and Openers,” to benefit The Center for Arts in Natick.
WUMB Folk Radio 91.9fm, Boston currently has Susan’s songs in rotation. And check out the great article on Susan in WUMB’s Folkwaves magazine! Susan’s songs also can be heard on “Women in Music,” a nationally syndicated radio show heard in more than 80 markets around the country, hosted by Laney Goodman.