Internationally critically acclaimed sophomore release by Susan Cowsill on the non-profit Threadhead Records organization.
Austin Chronicle: "Cowsill works hard polishing her latest, the critically lauded Lighthouse. As full of loss and sentiment as it is joyful and persevering, Lighthouse beckons listeners to Cowsill’s homey cove." -Margaret Moser
Rolling Stone: "...an earthy, often crunchy folk-pop gem. But Cowsill has a supple survivor’s alto, and it runs like a sturdy lifeline through the silken dreaming in “Dragon Flys,” her hard-soul resolve of “Could This Be Home” and especially the gospel-rock liftoff in “River of Love,” written by her brother Barry, who perished in Katrina, and sung by Susan with a heavy heart and sweet memory in the same deep breaths." -David Fricke
Huffington Post: "...Every song is a highlight. ...This work of art is akin to musical cinema." - Georgianne Nienaber
St. Louis Beacon: "...all the songs on “Lighthouse” seem to capture the essence and energy of life – with its ups and downs, its pain and joy."
Blurt Best 50 CDs of 2010: "The songs on Lighthouse are guided by two themes – loss and hope. Both have been a part of music since the beginning, but Susan Cowsill (formerly of the family band the Cowsills) taps into some pretty weighty experiences for inspiration. Cowsill and her band have the power to their conviction and they pull it off."
Americana UK: "‘Lighthouse’ makes it abundantly clear that Susan Cowsill is a song writer of some talent. She has made an album of great beauty, out of personal tragedy, that serves as a fitting tribute to those she has lost."
Suite 101: "She's taken some of the most personal subjects possible and written an album of excellent songs. ..Though personal, these songs are universal in their appeal. The sense of loss, the uncertainty, the optimism - these are things that everyone experiences."
Sonic Boomers: "Lighthouse is a beacon of inspiration for a woman, a city and mostly for all of us."
Twangville: "...On lighthouse her hope is fueled by a strong will and determination. She is not buying into naive hope, but it is a real hope rebirthed from tragedy. Instead of turning bitter she is ready to put the top down on the convertible and drive into the future."
Country Chart: "Susan Cowsill has one of the most wonderfully unique female voices in music today. ...Susan Cowsill has created an understated musical masterpiece with her heartfelt album 'Lighthouse.'"
Living Life Boomer Style: "Cowsill's optimism and spirituality have always been her way of overcoming the dark times and with her natural talent and hard work ethic, she has created some of the greatest songs ever collected on one album."
Uncommon Music: "It’s not a collection of songs specifically for those who were affected by the hurricane, but for anyone who has ever experienced tragedy or
released May 18, 2010
Recorded at Dockside Studio, Maurice, LA. Additional recording done at Groove Masters, Santa Monica, CA & The Music Shed, New Orleans, LA
Produced by Russ Broussard, Susan Cowsill, Michael Mayeux, & Mike Costanzo
Dockside: M.Mayeux, M.Costanzo, & assistant Korey Richey
Groove Masters: Bil Lane & assistant Rich Tosi
Music Shed: M. Mayeux & Kyle Lamy
Mixed by Bil Lane & assistant Glenn Suravech at Groove Masters
Mastered by Gavin Lurssen & assisted by Reuben Cohen at Lurssen Mastering
Artwork: Skeet Hanks at Hotel Romeo Design
Photo credits: Barbara Cowsill/Cezanne Wish Nails/Skeet Hanks (cover); Dennis Gardner (back cover & live shots); Robley Dupleix (all the rest).
Susan Cowsill, Russ Broussard, Aaron Stroup, Tad Armstrong, Janson Lohmeyer, Jimmy Robinson, Pete Winkler, Sam Craft, Jack Craft, Alex McMurray, Jackson Browne, Waddy Wachtel, Bob Cowsill, Paul Cowsill, John Cowsill, Vicki Peterson
Susan Cowsill: CoCo Bunny Music, admin. by Bug Music, BMI
Russ Broussard: Being Heard Music, admin. by Bug Music, BMI
Tad Armstrong: Handshake Deal Publishing, ASCAP
Barry Cowsill: Moonstorm Publishing, admin. by Bug Music, ASCAP
Jimmy Webb: Jobete Music Co, Inc
Management: Terry Ford, email@example.com
Bookings: Lizzy Bilyeu, firstname.lastname@example.org
Legal representation: Greg Eveline, email@example.com
Publicity: Cary Baker’s conqueroo
Visit us at susancowsill.com
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To make donations or loans for other projects by us and other NOLA artists, www.threadheadrecords.org
Terry Ford for your support, ideas, enthusiasm, & honesty. All you Threadheads & fans that donated or loaned us money for this project--without y’all and Terry, there would be no Lighthouse. Jackson Browne for coming to our rescue once again. You are an angel & a true friend. Bil Lane—a mixing god. Our masterminding team of Terry, Tim & Terrin Cohn, Georgianne Nienaber, John & Vicki Cowsill, Chris Gerstner, Cameron Smith, Mitch Ulrich, Scott Schinder. Nick & Miranda—always. The NOLA village of Nina & Poppa, Momma Maria & Father “Padre” Michael, Ms. Maria, Dr. Harry, Lisa & Yalcin, Karen & Joe, Aunt Kelly, Uncle Kent & Aunt Jules. Rick & Rob for You & Me Baby. Johnny & Linda Franklin—life-long friends can be found after 40! Thanks BSG, for helping us with the “piano song.” Peter & Sarah for their love & support. Mom & Dad, y’all are the best.
Special thank you to those who had us as “treasured guests” after Katrina:
Sonny, Pat & Sally, Tim & Terrin, Johnny & Linda, Fred & Kelly, David,Valerie, & Justin, Steven & Christopher, Brian & Wanda, Steve & Wish, Judy, Cameron, Denby & Kerry, & John & Vicki for giving Miranda a place to call home. And to all those who gave or gathered money to keep us going post K—we couldn’t have made it without you.