The more, the merrier

Kerry Doole

Jim Cuddy, a longtime friend, fan and duet partner of Oh Susanna, contributes the moving ballad "Dying Light," based on their mutual love of soul music. "I once heard Suzie Ungerleider sing 'The Dark End of the Street' at a Gram Parsons tribute," he recalls. "I thought 'My God, you have this powerful soul voice that isn't exhibited in your own material.' I knew she'd have the vocal dexterity for my song." Ron Sexsmith wrote "Wait Until The Sun Comes Up" with typical creative ingenuity. "Suzie e-mailed me, and I thought '"Oh Susanna," that's a Stephen Foster song.' I have a Foster songbook and a song there, 'Nellie Bly,' reminded me of 'Wait Until the Sun Shines.' That gave me the title, and I wrote the thing in 30 minutes, with a Buddy Holly pop feel." Jim Bryson's song "Oregon" leads off "Namedropper." "That was a song I'd already written, but Suzie kept going back to it," he says. "I pleaded, 'Don't put it at the front of the record, I'll look like a jerk,' but she liked where it fit."

Journal Words and Music
Year 2015
Volume 21
Issue 4
Pages 22-24

Doole, Kerry (2015) The more, the merrier. In: Words and Music, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 22-24. Available at


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