DIGITALLY REMASTERED VERSION OF JOHNSTOWN AVAILABLE TO STREAM WORLDWIDE ON ALL PLATFORMS JUNE 14
UK TOUR BEGINS SEPTEMBER 4
“Oh Susanna’s Johnstown certainly didn’t need two decades to mature. For a debut album, it sounds as mature as many albums released by similar artists who had already been creating music for 20 years when it was released....Johnstown sounds fresh, even today. That’s a rare feat for a debut album.” - Roots Music
Last week, Oh Susanna (Suzie Ungerleider) treated the audience at the Longboat Hall in Toronto by revisiting her contemporary folk-noir masterpiece, Johnstown. On the performance, FYI Music News noted "20 years on, these dark country/folk songs are as potent as ever, as is Suzie Ungerleider's pure voice."
This week, Oh Susanna’s celebrates the 20th Anniversary of her critically acclaimed, debut full-length album by releasing the digitally remastered version on streaming platforms everywhere this Friday, June 14.
Johnstown is 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.
The album was remastered and released on vinyl for Record Store Day and is limited to 500 hand numbered copies. Signed copies of the LP are now available to purchase through Merch Market.
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)
UK TOUR DATES
Sep 4 - Leicester, UK - The Musician
Sep 6 - Lutterworth, UK - The Long Road Festival
Sep 7 - High Wycombe, UK - Kingsmead House
Sep 9 - London, UK - The Water Rats
Sep 10 - Birmingham, UK - The Kitchen Garden Cafe
Sep 11 - Bury, UK - The Met Studio
Sep 12 - Glasgow, UK - The Glad Cafe
Sep 13 - Liverpool, UK - Philharmonic Hall