The 2008 International Folk Alliance Conference opened on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008 with the announcement of winners of the Third Annual Folk Alliance Awards. Notable among the award recipients was Contemporary Artist of the Year - Susan Werner. Susan composes skillful songs that effortlessly slide between folks, jazz, and pop, all delivered with sassy wit and classic Midwestern charm. Throughout her expansive career, boundless versatility has emerged as a hallmark of her talent, and has proven to be a quintessential ingredient of her engrossing musical persona. "...a triply blessed artist who sings adroitly, plays the piano smartly, and best of all, writes songs of genuine Distinction and high craft," say the Chicago Tribune.
John Gorka is an honored icon of folk tradition. Energetic acoustic music that is not a trend, not a fad, but an expression of everyday life, is his trademark. John's rich baritone voice and unique songcraft weave a magical spell that can only be described as 'Gorka.' "Gorka is widely heralded for the sophisticated intelligence and provocative originality of his songs," says the Boston Globe
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