The Land Will Outlive Us All

“The Land Will Outlive Us All” chronicles singer/songwriter Susan Werner's tour across the state with performances in Beatrice, Holdrege and North Platte.

Singer/Songwriter Susan Werner performing songs from her album "Hayseed".

Werner lends her humor and passionate voice to subjects close to her prairie roots including farmer’s markets, agrochemicals, climate change, drought, longing for a sense of place, and the movement towards sustainable agriculture. Her folksy melodies and powerful lyrics are about farms, farmers and the people who love them.

“Farms are fertile territory for songwriting,” Werner explained.  A performer for 25 years, her recent project “Hayseed” is about honoring the soil and the land. “We’re not the last ones who are going to live here.”

Susan Werner pays tribute to farms, farmers and the people who love them through her songs.

NET’s production crew followed Werner’s Arts Across Nebraska tour to capture her music and wit. After the tour she said she realized how much the songs sparked intense memories in those who grew up in rural Nebraska.

“I think we’re smart to keep some feeling about farming because there’s an identity in farming that doesn’t exist in many other professions.  People are happy to tell you they are a farmer. Cubicles aren’t romantic, but working in the field in the early morning or while the sun is setting, there’s a feeling to that.  There’s poetry to that,” she said.

The Lied Center for Performing Arts and Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources commissioned her “Hayseed” music project and the 12 new songs which formed the basis of the 2015 tour.

“The Land Will Outlive Us All” is a production of NET.

Additional Content

Singer/Songwriter Susan Werner discusses finding future farmers with UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green.
Singer/Songwriter Susan Werner visits Branched Oak Farm to discover how they sustainably farm.