Suzanne Slair with special guest, Wyatt Espalin

Suzanne Slair

Singing and songwriting professionally since the age of 6 in her hometown of Calgary, Canada, Suzanne recorded and performed in hundreds of folk festivals and concerts at a very early age with international folk artist, Paulo (Paul Finkleman).

She also performed in the Opening Ceremonies for the Winter Olympics as a child, and studied music at the Royal Conservatory of Canada.

Suzanne was accepted to attend a conservatory program in NYC at the age of 18, where she studied voice under the Metropolitan Opera's mezzo-soprano, Ariel Bybee, and studied dance under Bob Fosse's proteges at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She composed and recorded musical scores and dance numbers for off-Broadway shows.

However, she quickly expanded her musical roots in the NYC's Lower East Side live music scene.

Fronting rock bands, singing and playing guitar, headlining at CBGB's, Don Hill's, The Spiral, Acme Underground and other revolutionary clubs, were Suzanne's rites of passage, as they were for all New York rockers at that time.

When CBGB's closed down in 2006, it marked the end of an era in NYC. That year also marked Suzanne's move to Austin TX, where she developed a deeper connection to her songwriting.

Wyatt Espalin

When, Wyatt Espalin returned to his roots to live at the rustic campground where he was raised in the North Georgia Mountains, he found a setting that would inspire “The Last Leaf”. This collection of mysterious songs gives his audience a glimpse of an artist rediscovering himself. Like a ghost-writer on his own autobiography, the former frontman of Americana group Trees Leave approaches these songs as an outsider to his own stories. Going back to the beginning has left the fiddler/singer evaluating where he came from and trying to recognize who he has become. During his performances, the haunting, intimate songs juxtaposed with the hilarious stories that he shares in the banter between them create a beautiful tension. It may not always be clear who Wyatt is addressing in his songs, but maybe this line from the last verse from the last song on the new record “The Last Leaf” can give some insight: “It won’t phase me if you never hear these words. See, I wrote them down for me, a way to measure up my worth.” The listener will be glad that he chose not only to write them down, but to share them with us all.

$12.00 - $16.00

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