OH SUSANNA TO PERFORM CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED DEBUT LP, JOHNSTOWN, AT TORONTO’S LONGBOAT HALL JUNE 7, WITH SPECIAL GUEST MO KENNEY
DIGITALLY REMASTERED VERSION OF JOHNSTOWN AVAILABLE TO STREAM ON ALL PLATFORMS JUNE 14
With Oh Susanna’s 20th Anniversary Johnstown show just around the corner, the celebrated songwriter is releasing the new video for title track “Johnstown”. Originally released in 1999, Johnstown is considered a contemporary folk-noir masterpiece brimming with ghostly songs of melancholic beauty and menace. Oh Susanna’s voice evokes a cinematic narration to simultaneously warm the heart and chill the blood.
Her critically acclaimed, debut full-length album was remastered and released on vinyl for Record Store Day, limited to 500 hand numbered copies. Signed copies of the LP are now available to purchase through Merch Market. The digitally remastered album will be available to stream on all platforms on June 14.
Tickets to the 20th Anniversary Show on June 7 at Longboat Hall at The Great Hall in Toronto, with special guest Mo Kenney are on sale here.
Johnstown was produced and recorded by Grammy Award winner Peter J. Moore (Cowboy Junkies, The Band, The Clash) at his studio on Beaconsfield Street in Toronto. The vinyl re-issue of Johnstown is remastered by Moore from the original recorded tracks and includes a limited-edition poster of Johnstown’s illustrated lyrics by the comic artist Hank Pine. Also included is a digital download of A Shot of Oh Susanna, a five-song cassette recorded in 1998 which was previously only available at live shows. These acoustic versions of songs later received full production on Johnstown.
PRAISE FOR OH SUSANNA & JOHNSTOWN
“Oh Susanna’s passionate vocals and evocative, backward-glancing songs make her one of new music’s brightest lights.” - Maclean’s
“Brilliant debut album” - UNCUT Magazine (UK)
“Ungerleider is a natural story-teller with a bewitching voice.” - The Times (UK)
“Johnstown was an album that came through the post, and I immediately loved it. Her voice has a heart-tugging emotive quality.” - Bob Harris in Billboard Magazine
“Oh Susanna demonstrates her deep understanding of traditional folk music conventions by creating a memorable cast of characters badly bruised and battered as they travel down a lonesome highway.” - Country Music People Magazine (UK)
“’Johnstown’ is quite frankly, like no other released in 2000. Produced by Peter Moore who worked with The Cowboy Junkies on their ‘The Trinity Sessions’ album, the echoes of old Appalachian ballads and songs dealing with personal loss and helplessness was, although dark and bleak, never less than fascinating.” - Pennyblack Music (UK)