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"Reckless Abandon" released, #16 on Folk chart for August 

"Reckless Abandon", a collection of 11 original songs, drawing on both contemporary and traditional influences and recorded in a stripped-down, acoustic format, has finally made it's way into the world-at-large. Released on August 1st, it has begun to gain attention at Folk radio, making the #16 album, #21 song ("Ordinary Miracles") and #22 artist on the charts for it's debut month. Off to a great start! The album and individual songs are available on this site for listening and download, and will be soon be made available on all major internet downloading and streaming sites.

Three Wins in the MASC (Mid-Atlantic Song Contest)!! 

I was thrilled and honored to find out on Dec. 31st, 2017, that three of my songs took honors in the 2017 MASC Songwriting Contest: "Compass", co-written with my friend Robin Hackett, received "Honorable Mention" in the Pop category, "Unbroken" received "Honorable Mention" in the Gospel category, and "Stand Down" is a finalist in the Country category! How exciting isTHAT?!! Nice way to ring in the New Year!!

"Rhythm of the Road" album release and party set for Nov. 3rd, 2017!! 

FINALLY!! My new album, “Rhythm of the Road”, is DONE and will be arriving soon, in both digital and physical form!! It’s a cool, mostly fun and upbeat collection of rock and pop songs hand-picked with Grammy-winning veteran producer Bil Vorndick, Bassists Byron House and Michael Rhodes lent their talents to the effort, as did guitarists Pat Bergeson, Jack Pearson, JT Corenflos  and Chip Martin, Bob Mater played drums and percussion, Will Barrow played keys. I did my best to remain standing in such fine company!! My friend Rose Kightlinger did the photography and my friend Nancy Terzian did the graphics. I am blessed to know so many amazing and talented people! 

Now I’ve got a BIG OL’ BIRTHDAY and CD RELEASE PARTY coming up on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD, 7:30-10pm, and I want basically ALL Y’ALL to come and throw-down with me and some equally fine musical companions.  I decided to hold it at CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING NASHVILLE so it would be kid-friendly.  First, two FANTASTIC openers: Grammy-nominated songwriter and top-notch performer Amanda Colleen Williams will be playing a set, as will my very dear and musically awesome friends from the “Brown’s Gift Shop Revival Band”. 

Then, joining me onstage that night will be my friends Andy Peake on drums, Lance Hoppen on bass, Will Barrow on keys, Eddie Henzelman and Jeff Zona on guitars, and the lovely Yvonne Smith on background vocals. It just doesn’t get any better!! It promises to be an INCREDIBLY FUN night of music and mayhem. Wear your dancing shoes, people!! Prepare to groove.

"Price on Heaven" wins first place in Musicians United song contest! 

I was excited to receive word yesterday that "Price on Heaven (Song for Bristol Bay)" won first place in the Musicians United to Protect Bristol Bay song contest. This is an international organization of musicians, founded in 2014 and dedicated to protecting Bristol Bay against the ongoing threat of mining companies who want to lift protections on this highly ecologically sensitive area, which is home to one of the world's largest remaining salmon runs, in order to mine for gold, copper and other minerals. We must not allow this to happen. This song is a call to stop the reckless destruction of these wild places for short-term profit, and to stop putting a price on what is sacred and beyond any measurable value.

Check out the YouTube video here: 

Album, shows, other stuff... 

Still hoping to complete album, now by about mid-June. Life and financial matters intervene, but we press on!! Just need to complete mixing, mastering, graphics, duplication (oh, is that all?). Meanwhile, played a lovely service at MCCSL (Music City Center for Spiritual Living) on Easter, and continuing to play when / where I'm able, given my schedule, including frequent Thursdays at The Old School (farm / bar / restaurant in Nashville). Looking forward to SERFA (Southeast Regional Folk Alliance) in May. Gearing up to be a chant leader at the March for Science and Climate here in Nashville this coming Sat., despite predictions of rain. And so it goes...

"Final Word" being released as a single! 

As of Feb. 1st, "Final Word", with a timely message about our need to come together as a nation, inspired by a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, will be available for purchase here, as well as on iTunes and CDBaby. Check it out!

Album progress and other news... 

The album has been moving along well. Basic tracks (rhythm guitar, bass, drums, keys) for all twelve songs have been completed, with some truly fabulous musicians. Bil Vorndick, my producer, and I are both busy, but finding blocks of time to work on vocals, with 9 songs completed and three more to go. He's out of town this week, but we'll resume again soon. Guitar overdubs will be next. It's exciting to see this take shape, and I love that Bil demands the best from me, and from these songs, and doesn't allow anything to be just "okay". It forces me to grow and think even more deeply about my own lyrics, my intention and delivery with each line. What a great learning process!
Meanwhile, I'm playing an hour set of originals at Kimbro's Pickin' Parlor in Franklin, TN next Monday, Oct 3rd, 8-9pm with my awesome friend Ben Williams for "Make it Blue Monday", a Williamson County Democratic fundraiser. Can't wait to share some music with the good people there! Come out and join us if you're in the area...

"Price on Heaven" wins 2nd place in Environmental Song Contest 

I was very happy and honored to discover that my song, "Price on Heaven (Song for Bristol Bay)", written on behalf of "Musicians United to Protect Bristol Bay" to raise awareness about the threat posed by mining companies to one of the world's largest natural salmon fisheries, recently won 2nd place in the Connecticut Songwriter's Association's Environmental Song Contest! See details here: 

Also, huge thanks and gratitude to all who helped with my "Indiegogo" album campaign, which raised over $6500 in 30 days to help me complete this new album and get to share it with all of YOU!! What a blessing.

Sue's Indiegogo Campaign 

Here's the link to my "Indiegogo" fundraising campaign. It isn’t fancy, just simple. But it’s real, and it’s incredibly important to me. I know I’m surrounded by amazing talent and amazingly creative spirits, so I humbly ask my friends for your help in making this album, and allowing me to raise my voice in the chorus of good and beautiful this life can be, through music that celebrates these things. Maybe you can share this with others too? 

Thanks and peace, 

Susan Shann 


News, shows in your area, etc..

Previous events


Z Music House Concert

Franklin, TN

Excited to have the honor of opening for two amazing songwriters: Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman, at this beautiful private venue in Franklin, TN. For info. / to attend, contact me through this site. Doors at 6, music at 7:30. Potluck and BYOB. $20 at the door.


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Center for Spiritual Living Nashville, 6705 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37209

So excited to finally have "Rhythm of the Road" DONE and a CD release party scheduled, at one of my favorite places in town, Center for spiritual Living Nashville. The evening starts with an open mic at 7pm (sign-ups begin at 6:30), followed by two WONDERFUL openers: Amanda Williams, Grammy nominated songwriter at 7:45pm, and Brown's Gift Shop Revival, a rootsy. bluesy Americana jam at 8:10. Main show starts at 8:40. I'm honored to have stellar musicians and friends Andy Peake on drums, Lance Hoppen on bass, Will Barrow on keys, Eddie Heinzelman and Jeff Zona on guitars, and Yvonne smith on background vocals. I actually get to just SING this time!! Too cool... Can't wait to share this album with you!!!

"Songnest Live" at the Crying Wolf

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The Crying Wolf, 823 Woodland St., Nashville, TN 37206

Excited to be part of this weekly writers-in-the-round event, hosted by Craig Lackey and Ken Veltz in the hip east Nashville bar "The Crying Wolf". I'll be joined by fellow songwriters Marcus Pearson and Roger Jaeger. Great sound, awesome talent, laid-back vibe, stupendous burgers. What's not to love?

Susan Shann and the Brown's Gift Shop Revival Band at Lulu's!!

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Lulu's Cafe, 120 East Main St., Watertown, TN 37184

I'll be trading acoustic song sets once again with my good friends Mark Meadors, Brian Mooney, Martin VanTassle and Lucas Kettner of the Brown's Gift Shop Revival Band. They're hip, funky, cool, kinda bluesy... they'll make you a fan! Me, I'll just do what I do and hope you like it!!

Love and Unity Under One Sun - Solar Eclipse Celebration

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Hadley Park, 1037 28th Ave. North, Nashville, TN 37208

In observance of the once-in- a-lifetime solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017, Tennessee Activist Coalition, Nashville Peace & Justice, New Earth Matters TN and other community partner organizations are coming together in Hadley Park for song, dance and inspiration from 10AM till 3PM.

Some of Tennessee’s most distinctive performing artists as well as notable progressive speakers will take to the stage to lift up peace, justice, equality, sustainability and goodwill. With an emphasis on the multi-cultural and richly diverse city that is Nashville, Love & Unity Under One Sun will provide entertainment, food and community from the wide array of citizens who call Nashville home. This is a celebration of the best of who we are; shining a positive light on humankind.

Lightwave Solar will be providing FREE NASA Official Eclipse Glasses for attendees. Please be sure to pre-register for yours at link below.

Pre-register for glasses:

Donate a minimum of $10 and receive a souvenir event poster. Donations go towards event costs (The organizers thank you in advance). Visual for poster coming soon.

Donate here:

Susan Shann and Brown's Gift Shop Revival Band at Lulu's Cafe

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Lulu's Cafe, 120 E Main St., Watertown, TN 37184

If you've never been to Lulu's Cafe, it's a really fun, hip little eaterie and music venue in Watertown, TN - about 45 min. east of Nashville. I'm looking forward to playing there this Sat., July 29th, from 7-10pm with my good friends from "Brown's Gift Shop Revival Band": Mark Meadors, Brian Mooney, Martin VanTassle and Lucas Ketner, doing their funky, bluesy, groovy acoustic thing. We will alternate sets (I'm solo), mix n match, lay it down and have a blast! Any of my Nashvegas friends brave enought to make the journey and come join us? We'd love to see you!!


Same Old Song

The Basement, 1604 8th Ave. South, Nashville

Hosted by JJ Jones, this promises to be a fun, strange night in which there will be numerous, humorous variations on one theme: the song "These Boots Are Made for Walking", written by Lee Hazlewood and made famous by Nancy Sinatra. Come on out and see just how weirdly creative we can be!!

Special Guest Performer at MCCSL

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1012 Buchanan Street, Nashville, TN 37208

Come to Music City Center for Spiritual Living and be inspired by the uplifting talk from Reverends Michael or Dyann Woody as well as the music. It's always an honor to perform for this wonderful spiritual community! Service begins at 11, and I will be performing two songs.