A GIRL IN TEEN CITY, OUT NOW VIA STELLA RECORDS
MORE TOUR DATES ADDED FOR FALL ACROSS CANADA
“Her well-crafted and poetic lyrics will transport you back to a time and place redolent of both the excitement and self-doubts of youth” 9/10 Exclaim!
“A Girl In Teen City is a triumph.” 9/10 - Americana UK
“A Girl in Teen City is a gorgeous piece of work” 5 Stars - Music Riot
“passion, skill and a universal touch that makes this a thing of beauty” Maximum Volume UK
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This Fall, Oh Susanna (aka Suzie Ungerleider) will pack her bags, load up the car, and head out on tour across Canada, adding to her already extensive summer tour and festival itinerary. Full tour dates can be found below. Today, the acclaimed songwriter is sharing the video for “Thunderbird” from her latest album, A Girl In Teen City, a record that traverses to the most personal place yet: a conjured, vivid past, searching for identity in Vancouver in the 1980s.
The album track “Thunderbird” was inspired Ungerleider’s friend Dave, who was “the first person I knew who bought his own car,” she says. “He spent around $900 on a black hard top 1968 Thunderbird. He worked as a busboy at PJ Burger and Sons and it took him months to save enough money to buy it. Turns out this car had a rusty underbelly and was totally unsafe to drive so the car sat abandoned until it was towed away by the city after we all left Vancouver to attend college. Cars are, of course, a metaphor for freedom, youth, adventure and virility. The car also could represent Vancouver itself, beautiful on the outside but rusted out and dangerous on the inside.”
For the video, Ungerleider looked to social media to see if anyone had a Thunderbird available for the shoot. “A fan of mine named Tracy Ranick said that her dad happened to be involved in the Southern Ontario Thunderbird Club. So Bob agreed to let us use his car as long as I was careful with it. I decided it would be fun to create a story and cast him in the video. The video shows what actually happens to him on many occasions; returning to his car only to discover someone sitting in it.”
A Girl In Teen City reunites Ungerleider with producer Jim Bryson. The pair collaborated on her previous release Namedropper, an album featuring the songs of Canada’s top songwriters written specifically for Oh Susanna to interpret. This time, with the urging by her friend and co-conspirator, Bryson, she embarked on a time machine to visit her teenage self in a sleepy port town that she thought no one had ever heard of.
From cheeky rock pop to quietly beautiful love songs, A Girl In Teen City reflects Oh Susanna’s songwriting breadth. Her brilliant vocals float through the sensuous instrumentation to create a cinematic soundscape. The album finds Ungerleider working with longtime friends and musicians Eli Abrams on bass, Cam Giroux on drums, Gord Tough on guitar, and Jim Bryson on guitar and keyboards. Guest harmony vocalists include Holly McNarland, Gabrielle Giguere, Ungerleider’s sister Jessie and niece Sofia.
The JUNO Award nominated and Genie Award winning Canadian songstress began performing as Oh Susanna in the mid-1990s, crafting a persona that matched the timeless qualities of her music, sounds that drew from the deep well of early 20th Century folk, country and blues, yet rooted in her finely-honed storytelling skills.
Aug. 19 -Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage - On Sale Now *
Aug. 20 - Winnipeg, MB - Interstellar Rodeo - On Sale Now
Aug. 31 - Mount Stewart, PEI - Trailside Cafe - On Sale Now ^
Sept. 1 - Halifax, NS - Halifax Urban Folk Festival @ Tempo - On Sale Now ^
Sept. 2 - Halifax, NS - Halifax Urban Folk Festival @ The Wooden Monkey - On Sale Now ^
Sept. 3 - Pictou, NS - Fat Tony’s - On Sale Aug. 18 ^
Sept. 6 - Fredericton, NB - Grimross Brewery - On Sale Now ^
Sept. 8 - Iona Heights, NS - Iona Heights Inn - On Sale Aug. 18 ^
Sept. 10 - Montreal, QC - Le Cagibi - On Sale Aug. 18
Oct. 5 - London, ON - Aeolian Hall - On Sale Now %
Oct. 7 - Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre - On Sale Now
Oct. 12 - Vancouver, BC - The Wise Hall - On Sale Aug. 18 #
Oct. 13 - Penticton, BC - The Dream Cafe - On Sale Aug. 18
Oct. 15 - Calgary, AB - The Ironwood Stage - On Sale Aug. 18
Oct. 18 - Red Deer, AB - International Beer Haus - On Sale Aug. 18
Oct. 20 - Edmonton, AB - The Almanac - On Sale Now
Oct. 21 - Winnipeg, MB - Times Chang(d) High & Lonesome Club - On Sale Aug. 18
* with Blue Rodeo, Skydiggers & The Sadies
^ with Ben Kunder
% with Jim Bryson
# A Love Letter to Vancouver with Special Guests