Susan Alcorn Interview


The harmonic sound-scapes Susan Alcorn creates with her pedal steel have become part of the broad effort to recover the experimental root of the different branches of folk genres, a project shared by musicians ranging from Takoma-label primitivism to Pauline Oliveros‘ accordian compositions to Ono’s punk gospel. Listening to Alcorn’s work — from her early recordings to her new album Soledad — one hears her stretching the pedal steel guitar’s ambient country strains through free jazz, minimalist drone, and a variety of world musics. The effect is an inspired transversal of contemporary and traditional genres.