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Susannah Masarie / Bio

Singer, songwriter, guitar, and mandolin player Susannah Masarie comes from a long tradition of trained musicians. Often referred to as an 'old soul,' Masarie was born to cellist Gayle Masarie and french horn player, Jack Masarie, who filled their North Carolina home with the sounds of jazz, classical, and opera music. Masarie grew up attending her parents' performances. Until she was thirteen, Masarie accompanied her parents every summer as they taught and performed at the Brevard Music Center's six-week summer music camp consisting of nightly concerts, operas, and musical productions. Masarie's sister, Heidi Beth Laufer, brought her to see the Grateful Dead when she was thirteen, instilling in her a deep interest in traditional music as introduced to her by the collaborated works of Jerry Garcia and David Grisman. Nurtured in an environment that ensured music was a necessary component of everyday life, Masarie naturally began her own musical journey at a young age. Between the ages of five and twelve she sang in three operas at the summer camp. Meanwhile, several years of piano lessons taught Masarie to read music and by the age of twelve she began taking guitar lessons followed by mandolin lessons in high school.

While studying photography at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, Masarie, whose sound is heavily influenced by friend, singer, guitarist, and upright bass player Ben Smith, began developing her skills as a musician and performer through recurrent jam sessions in Smith's basement attended by other talented local musicians. While in college she took several elective music courses including a study abroad trip in 2004 that allowed her to study Irish music for two weeks at the University College Cork, in Ireland. What culminated from her years in Boone was Masarie's organic folk sound comprised of an earthy mellow vibe embraced by haunting, smoky vocals.

Now based in Atlanta, Masarie released her first album Creature of the Root in 2009. She is currently working on a second album that, in addition to her original songs, will include traditional songs and a version of Hank Williams Senior's Ramblin' Man performed by Masarie and her mother. The new album will include the talented musicians that currently accompany Masarie at live performances – Doug Morton on lead guitar and vocals, Steve Baird on drums and percussion, and Bill Fleming on pedal steel guitar.

Masarie's music gives the sensation of warming up around the campfire and has been compared to the music of various different artists including June Carter, Toni Price, Nick Drake, Gillian Welch, Joni Mitchell, Mazzy Star, The Cowboy Junkies, Pink Floyd, and Patti Griffin. Masarie has performed in a variety of venues around the South East.

Musicians on Triplett Blues and You'll Know When You Get There:

Susannah Masarie: Rhythm Guitar and Vocals

Danny Simmons: Lead Guitar

Charlie Wooton: Bass

Steve Baird: Snare Drum and Brushes

Melissa Jo Morgan: Harmony Vocals

Musicians on This Train, I Know You Rider, and Going Down the Road Feeling Bad:

Susannah Masarie: Rhythm Guitar and Vocals

Doug Morton: Lead Guitar

Steve Barid: Snare Drum and Percussion

Bill Fleming: Pedal Steel Guitar

General Info

Band Members
Susannah Masarie: Rhythm Guitar and Vocals, Doug Morton: Lead Guitar and Vocals, Steve Baird: Drums, Phil Anderson: Bass, Bill Fleming: Pedal Steel Guitar
Artist Name
Susannah Masarie
Home Page
Folk / Singer Songwriter / Americana

Contact Info

Atlanta, GA

Similar Artists

  • June Carter Cash
  • Nick Drake
  • Gillian Welch
  • Joni Mitchell
  • Pink Floyd