Susan Cowsill and her band bring their Lighthouse Tour to Norman for the Performing Arts Studio Summer Breeze Concert on July 10, at 7:30 pm in Lions Park, Symmes & Flood.
A singer-songwriter of remarkable depth and insight, Susan’s songs embody the timeless qualities of heart, soul and craft. Susan also plays guitar, percussion, and occasionally drums. Her band includes Russ Broussard, drums, ruboard, percussion, guitar; Mary Lasseigne, bass, vocals; Sam Craft, violin, guitar, keyboards, vocals; and Jack Craft, guitar, keyboards, cello, vocals.
Susan began her musical career in 1967 with her family's group The Cowsills (The Rain, the Park and Other Things”, “Hair”, “Indian Lake”). After leaving The Cowsills, she worked as a vocalist for artists such as Dwight Twilley, Redd Kross, The Smithereens, Giant Sand, Nanci Griffith, Carlene Carter and Jules Shear. She also honed her songwriting skills, and her compositions have been covered by The Bangles and Hootie and the Blowfish. In 1991, she joined the alt-pop supergroup the Continental Drifters and relocated to New Orleans. She released an inspiring solo debut, Just Believe It, in 2005. Unfortunately that album’s creative triumph was overshadowed by the deaths of Susan’s brothers Billy and Barry, and the devastation of Hurricane Katrina which temporarily displaced Susan and her family from their adopted hometown. Her second solo recording, Lighthouse, reflects the hard-won lessons of her recent experiences while maintaining the unmistakable sense of optimism and spirituality that's always at the heart of her work. That indomitable spirit is reflected in the infectious grit of such emotionally vivid originals as "ONOLA," "Sweet Bitter End," "The Way That It Goes" and "Avenue of the Indians," and Susan’s distinctive reworking of the Jimmy Webb classic "Galveston," demonstrates her status as a peerless interpretive singer.
For more information, contact the Performing Arts Studio at 405-307-9320.
Summer Breeze Concerts are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council, and from businesses and individuals including: Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School; Michael Miller; Andi Berry, Wyoming Art Therapy & Medical Counseling; Jamie Belknap, DDS, Norman Smile Center; and Republic Bank and Trust. Additional support comes from BancFirst; Glen Brown; The Earth Natural Foods & Deli; David Fries Roofing; The Deli; Jack's Pool Service; Tom McAuliffe - Don Cies Real Estate; MDS Plumbing; Old Republic Title Company of Oklahoma; The Spirit Shop; Dale Wares - Wares Properties; Zoo Amphitheater; and Native Roots Market.