Susan first entered the pop-culture spotlight at the age of eight, as the youngest member of the 60s musical family The Cowsills. In adulthood, as a member of the alt-pop supergroup the Continental Drifters, she reemerged as a vocalist and songwriter of remarkable depth and insight. Cowsill's new songs reflect the hard-won lessons of her recent experiences, reflected in the grit of such emotionally vivid originals as Avenue of the Indians
, which features guest vocals by admirer Jackson Browne. Lighthouse
includes an impassioned reading of the late Barry Cowsill's River of Love
, with soaring harmonies by Susan's brothers Bob, Paul and John Cowsill, as well as sister-in-law (and Bangles/Continental Drifters member) Vicki Peterson, and guitarist Waddy Wachtel, who began his career playing with The Cowsills in the 1960s. Another highlight is a stripped-down reworking of the Glen Campbell/Jimmy Webb classic Galveston
, demonstrating Susan's status as a peerless interpretive singer.